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When you're ready to tackle a new winter sport, log onto Trails.com, which features some 30,000 listings that include area maps, ratings of difficulty, and child-friendly recommendations for everything from snowboarding to snowshoeing to backcountry skiing.
At Country Ways, you can purchase beautiful snowshoes, poles, and bindings online. Michigan Snowshoe Center is another good source.
BackcountryStore.com sells snowboards, snowshoes, ski boots, and other accessories specially designed for women who tend to have shorter strides, smaller feet, and lighter frames.
Traveltime Vacations provides a free online vacation guide to affordable ski and snowboard getaways in Vail, Breckenridge, Winter Park, Steamboat, and Keystone, Colorado.
Log onto Iceskate.com to find an ice rink near you, or try the Yellow Pages under "skating rink" or "ice skating."
Snowboarding.com shows a calendar of snowboarding events, weather updates, pro shops, and links to hundreds of snowboard-friendly resorts in North America and Europe. They also offer an online newsletter and information about buying new or used boards.
Dealtime.com allows you to shop for the best winter resort rates around North America, and searches out deals on boards and other snowboard accessories like goggles and poles.
Snowpak.com lists comprehensive ski vacation information and links to ski and snowboard lodgings across North America.
Most winter sports depend on your sense of equilibrium and abdominal strength, so log onto Collage Video (or call Collage at 800-433-6769) and purchase one of Reebok's new Core Training videos or one of the many Ball Training videos (about $20 per tape). If you call Collage, video specialists can help determine which routine will best improve your performance.