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Spencer McKee: 10 items for every skier’s gear bag

When it comes to picking gear for the slopes, a few key factors come to mind: warmth, comfort and durability to list a few. Below you'll find a few of the items I love for these reasons, including jackets, pants, and accessories. Get ready for the 2018-2019 ski season by getting the right gear.

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Trainer allows you to ride own bike when weather outside is unforgiving

If you've ever spent time on an exercise bike at home or in the gym, there's one thing you notice pretty quickly – it's really nothing like riding your bike outside. So what's the dedicated cyclist in northern climates to do when the roads outside are covered in snow and ice? The Wahoo KICKR Smart Trainer allows you to ride your own bike indoors with an ingenious system that simulates riding on the road. Simply remove the back wheel and attach your bike to the trainer. The heavy flywheel provides you with the inertia needed to give you the feeling of riding outside – much more accurately and without the noise of traditional trainers.

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Polar commands respect from serious athletes with new Vantage V smartwatch

Two decades ago, when heart-rate monitors were starting to show up on the wrists of serious athletes, Polar was what was worn. Back then, you needed a chest strap, and the functions on the watch were pretty basic, but when compared to the alternative of holding two fingers to your throat, they were pretty impressive. Now there's a crowded field of smartwatches with heart-rate monitors, but Polar is still commanding the respect of serious athletes. The new Vantage V features the most accurate optical heart-rate monitor that the company has produced, and the number of functions in the sleek and comfortable watch is astounding.

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The not-hot springs in Colorado’s Eldorado Canyon

Though famously experienced hot, the mineral waters deep underground aren't all felt that way above the surface. While Coloradans love their soaking in winter, northern Front Range dwellers have a natural artesian spring to thank for a refreshing pool that has been widely popular in summers since July 4, 1905. The curative qualities exist, but the heat does not.

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How to avoid impending doom on the slopes

You and those with you had a wonderful day on the mountain. The snow was great and the sun was shining. You were filled with the joy that comes with snowriding – until you got back to your vehicle and realized your keys were missing.

Dramatic footage shows whales rescued from entanglements

Whales can become trapped in fishing gear and other lines and ropes along the coasts of the United States. NOAA confirmed 76 such cases in 2017 involving humpbacks, gray, minke, blue and North Atlantic right whales.