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Let’s say it’s a football afternoon after another great powder day in Tahoe. You’re from the east, a Pats fan, and heading out to a Truckee bar to watch the game. Expect to be surrounded by angry Niners fans? Think again. You’ll be in the thick of Patriots [team stats] Nation.

That’s not because Californians aren’t loyalists; they are. Rather, it’s because a healthy portion of the Tahoe area’s employee population is native New Englanders. Why? …  More info

Like a climber heading toward a mountain summit, West Yellowstone’s winter season is about to reach its peak. With a ski race and snowmobile expo slated in March, West Yellowstone, the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, offers families and outdoor enthusiasts a rich value for their vacation dollar. The park is open through March 15 to over-the snow travelers who want to experience this winter wonderland by ski, snowcoach, snowmobile or snowshoe, all from one location.

“With an average annual snowfall of 143 inches, snow conditions just get better and better toward the end of the winter season,” says Marysue Costello, director of the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce. “And, West Yellowstone’s free or low-cost events, tours and outdoor pursuits help stretch vacation dollars, offering maximum bang for a visitor’s buck. Check out our ‘Sweetheart Specials’ for discounts on lodging, restaurants, and tours during the month of February.” …  More info

Some people dream of winter wonderlands. Others take matters in their own hands and create them.

Backyard snowmaking setups can lend a hand, even if the process must be approached with a great deal of care. Matthew Pittman, owner of based in Terryville, Conn., has seen sales of snowmaking equipment double each year for the past six seasons, though he wouldn’t provide figures. In December, his busiest month, he says his site averaged 3,000 visitors each day.

Likewise,, an online forum for snowmaking enthusiasts, says it has 5,665 members.

“These backyard snowboarders are really big for us. … They make little jumps in their yard…  More info 

Val d’Isere, France – Three Americans were among six of the top 10 to go off a sun-soaked Piste Bellevarde course in a highly technical men’s super G during the second day of racing at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Val d’Isere. Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) led the USA, finishing 12th, while Didier Cuche of Switzerland won, becoming the oldest Alpine World Champion at age 34…  More info