Chill: Pick a peak

Tips, news, advice, and more on snow sports in New England and points west.

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Which New England ski mountain is right for you?

Looking for the best snow? Want a family-friendly place? Need a challenge? Here’s the ultimate guide to skiing in the region, on your terms. By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

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New England is loaded with incentives to get first-time skiers and riders back on the slopes for more.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/25/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/Apexboot_1.jpg The season’s latest, greatest ski and snowboard gear

Much of this year’s ski and snowboard gear does double duty, integrating several products into one, with emphasis on eco-friendly, natural products and, of course, comfort.

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Daniel Gauthier has quickly transformed Le Massif in Baie-Saint-Paul into a world-class skiing destination that rivals Quebec’s Mont Tremblant.

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Mount Bachelor has been around since 1958, but still remains a bit under the radar, often in the shadows of other mega-resorts.

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Among the differences: A stark disparity between the pups Easterners think of as mountains and the West’s massive geological dogs.

The Women First Ski series of Saturday group lessons at Bretton Woods in New Hampshire runs from January into March.

Bretton Woods

A new lodge at Killington Peak in Vermont is coming soon.

Stowe Mountain Resort

Get ski or snowboard tips from some of Canada’s top Olympic athletes while exploring Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia

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The AMC has teamed up with ski areas in New Hampshire to offer packages that include lodging, lift tickets, and meals.

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Surrender to soothing jets and bubbles in Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel’s new 30-person outdoor hot tub.

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The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center is fast becoming the cultural hub for the town of Stowe, Vt.,

Stowe Mountain Resort

Red Mountain in British Columbia has added a quad chair accessing Grey Mountain, opening 997 acres that were previously difficult to access.

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Mount Rushmore is only a 75-minute drive to the Black Hills ski resort of Terry Peak.

A new yearlong exhibit “Kick and Glide” highlights the Green Mountain State’s cross-country skiing culture.

John Lazenby

News that the Alchemist will close its brewery to the public could mean more of the infamous Heady Topper double IPA heading to local customers.

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10 ski season tips for N.E. and points west

A new lodge, women-only classes, theater, hot tubs, more turf and other tips to make the best of the upcoming ski season.

Globe Magazine

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Make new memories, or refresh old ones, by exploring these great locations.

Cape Cod & the Islands