Chill: Make this the mother of all winters

Grab your skis, snowboard, fat bike, climbing gear -- and appetite -- and head for the hills.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/29/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/IMG_4882.JPG The fat bike phenomenon

With the latest fat bike technology, a winter ride is surprisingly steady on hard packed snow, crud, and even ice.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/19/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/8gear_11_chillA.jpg 10 top gear items for this winter season

Much of this year’s winter gear incorporates familiar technology in an innovative way.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/29/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/VailResorts_KEY8510_Bob_Winsett_HighRes.jpg An upswing in downhill dealings

Just as golfers have clinched decades of deals over eagles and birdies, increasingly more skiers and snowboarders are taking work out of the office and onto their favorite pistes.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/29/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/VailResorts_VCD11644_Jack_Affleck_HighRes.jpg When snowboarders also like to ski, and vice versa

Around 16 percent of snowboarders also ski and are actually more dedicated to winter sport tourism than most ski travelers.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/29/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/3.%20JEB%20Julie%20Frontier%20powder%20005.JPG Escape the routine

If you’re suffering from “been there, done that” on the slopes, then escape the routine. The region is ripe with events, offbeat twists and turns, and new places to kick back and get some rest.

The Snowshoe Adventure Dinner at Smugglers’ Notch.

Smugglers’ Notch Resort

If skiing mountains isn’t your thing, try eating on them

Ski resorts across New England are taking guests back up the mountain when the sun goes down to enjoy peak-top dinners under starlit skies.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/29/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/bobby1.jpg For experienced skiers, sidecountry terrain offers abundance of options

The notion of skiing sidecountry terrain is a controversial one.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/29/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/lodge%20view.jpg Don’t fear the Beast

There’s already plenty to brag about at Killington and the ski season has barely begun.

Around the world

The VIP Lounge

Grammy winner Lisa Fischer loves visiting Jamaica and hopes to see the pyramids in Egypt some day.

The VIP Lounge: Lisa Fischer

Talking travel with Fischer, the Grammy award-winning vocalist who has sung with artists ranging from Aretha Franklin to the Rolling Stones.