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Tuesday, January 22, 2013


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When it comes to ski resorts, the United States sure isn’t hurting for options. But for families, it can get tricky when trying to decide between great ski resorts, amazing mountains, and options for entertainment that the entire family can enjoy. Luckily, though, there are several options that stand out above the rest and provide for your family the greatest of all worlds when it comes to skiing, dining, entertainment, and more.
Here are two that top our list for the best ski resorts on the East Coast for families
Boone, North Carolina
Situated deep down south, Boone is one of the most underrated skiing locations if only for its unique charm. The home of Appalachian State University, Boone is a distinctly Appalachian town: part redneck, part hippie, and part country, but with a great and unique atmosphere to ski around. Plus, Boone is next door to Asheville, a truly unique and magnificent little town deep in the North Carolina mountains and full of amazing restaurants, shops, and culture.
Stowe, Vermont
Way back on the east coast and away from some of the west coast classics, Stowe provides an amazing backdrop of traditional New England charm to go along with their exquisite mountains and resort options. Plus, with 90 shops and more than 60 restaurants very close by, Stowe has everything you and your family could possibly need when it comes to skiing, wining, dining, and just generally relaxing over time during your destination vacation.
These are two of our favorite East Coast options, what about you, though? Are there any major ski resorts out east that we missed, or any that you and your family have enjoyed that you think we should add to the list? We’d love to hear your opinions about what ski resorts best meet your needs!sunny sleevez logo

Thursday, January 17, 2013

What To Look For When Shopping For Ski Goggles

We love skiing & are learning to snowboard this winter, but we’ve found that nothing ruins a day on the slopes like not having the right gear.
One of the most important pieces of gear  is choosing the correct ski goggles. This is absolutely vital as UV radiating from snow as well as cold air and debris when going down a mountain can seriously damage your eyes.
How to Choose
You will want to talk to a salesperson that is knowledgeable in what to look for. They will know the conditions of the mountain you will be on and what lenses are the best options.
1) Try them on – I know this sounds obvious but talking to a salesperson recently she said most returns & exchanges happen because the customer didn’t actually try them on before purchase!
2) If you wear a helmet (you should) bring your helmet along and try them on together, remember you may be wearing this combination for 4-8 hours; you really want long term comfort.
3) If the store will let you, ask to go outside with you so you can see how they work in the sun’s glare.
4) Make sure you are clear with the salesperson what your intentions are with the goggles, because skiing at night requires different goggles than skiing when the sun hits the snow.
Things to Look For
If you plan to ski a lot, you will want goggles that have removable lenses. This will allow you to purchase one set of ski goggles and then adjust the lenses to the conditions. When you are trying the goggles on, check your peripheral vision to make sure you can see everything. Finally, (again) make sure they fit well and feel comfortable; if they do bother you are much less likely to want to keep them on making them and expensive experiment.
What is Hot This Year?
There are several goggles that top the list for best goggles in 2013, but the Salomon Xtend keeps the style and usability in mind. They have a control system that eliminates fog by pushing moisture out of the goggle and through the helmet’s vents. Great choice if you plan to ski often.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hit The Slopes, Not Your Head – Lids On Kids & Everyone Else too!

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Keep a Cool Head with a Hot Helmet
National Safety week occurs every year in January. This year, 2013 National Safety week takes place January 19th to January 27th. Many Ski Areas across the country participate in Safety Week to educate skiers and snowboarders about being safe, and to use common sense on the slopes.
The Importance of Wearing a Helmet When Skiing and Snowboarding
Skiing and snowboarding are a fun past time for most people to enjoy during the winter but these two winter sports can also result in thousands of injuries each year. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2009 hospitals and medical centers stated there were about 353,346 injuries from all downhill winter sports. This agency, as well as many others, recommends that you wear a helmet especially designed for winter sports.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were a total of 17,500 injuries in 1997 that occurred as a result of skiing and snowboarding. Of those injuries, around 7,700 could have either been prevented or the injury could have been lessened if the skiers and snowboarders were all wearing helmets. Snowboarding is a more dangerous winter sports than skiing with statistics showing that 30% of snowboarders are likely to suffer head injury then skiers. For skiing and for snowboarding, one of the most common injuries comes when the person slams into a tree or other stable object.
Statistics show that during the past decade there have been around 40 fatalities each year regarding skiers and snowboarders. These statistics come from the National Ski Areas Association. Out of the 40 deaths that occur, about eight people were wearing helmets at the time of injury. This means that around 11 deaths every year could be prevented.
It is important that for skiing and snowboarding activities that you wear a helmet especially designed for skiing. Some people may be under the notion that it’s okay to wear a bike helmet when skiing but this is not the case. Ski and snowboarding helmets have more of a padding inside and are more insulated for warmth and protection than a bike helmet. Another difference between the two helmets is that ski helmets have a higher safety rating than bicycle helmets.
RIP Actress Natasha Richardson who died from an injury sustained when skiing. The was one of these unusual and tragic situations. The Tony Award-winning wife of actor Liam Neeson fell during a ski lesson on a beginner slope at a Canadian resort in March of 2009
At first, she showed no signs of major injury and was even joking about the incident, according to media accounts. But within hours, her health deteriorated and the 45-year-old mother of two was hospitalized.sunny sleevez logo
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