The Best Ski, Snowboard And Winter Sports Clothing

The coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 may adversely impact alpine ski resorts and skiing travel this winter, but the same crisis is widely expected to fuel big increases in Nordic skiing (cross-country), alpine touring (aka uphill skiing, AT or skinning), split-boarding and snowshoeing. In the past week, the New York Times alone did three stories on this dramatic growth, covering the alpine touring boom, citing increased snowshoeing, and once again noting alpine touring’s newfound pandemic popularity. The Snowsports Industries America (SIA), winter sports’ trade group, projected increases of 48-65% across snowshoeing and backcountry, uphill, and cross-country skiing. So, whatever your reason for getting out on the snow this winter, you’ll want to stay as warm, dry, safe and comfy as possible.

I have been covering ski and winter gear for two-plus decades, and personally put a lot of it to the test each year, in bounds, out of bounds, and around the world, in terrible weather and bluebird days, from sea level to high elevation. I can say with experience and certainty that the materials, designs and features for high-tech snowsports outerwear are the best they have ever been, and a handful of top specialty manufacturers are harnessing these advances to roll out an incredible crop of feature laden, cutting edge, cold weather apparel.

Mountaineering and skiing were both sports invented in Europe, and not surprisingly, European gear companies have been the leaders in pushing the innovations envelope since the 19th century and continue to do so today. What’s “new,” at least to us, is that some of these brands were once unknown and almost impossible to find here, but have ridden the wave of globalization into better ski shops, their own boutiques, and of course, through e-tail. So, while you will find few of the widely recognizable American and Canadian brand names below, you will find names that are synonymous with alpinism and have long venerable histories of world class products. At the opposite end of the gear spectrum are a handful of niche newcomers who typically arrived on the scene after detecting some failing or missed opportunities in the outdoor pursuits their founders were passionate about, and have stepped up to fill the gap. So while I saw little of interest that was new this year from the biggest, most ubiquitous outdoor gear brands, I found plenty of impressive innovations here and abroad that can help you more thoroughly – and safely – enjoy everything this unpredictable winter throws your way.

It’s worth noting that you do not have spend a fortune to equip yourself for winter, and there are plenty of worthy bargain and value products out there, many of which

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Women’s team, US Soccer settle part of their lawsuit | Sports

The USSF agreed to provide equal resources to both the men’s and women’s teams for chartered flights. The federation also will maintain comparable budgets for accommodations and ensure the women stay in top-quality hotels. Will Wilson, who started as USSF CEO in March, said working conditions of the women will be equal to those of the next labor contract with the men.

USSF will ensure that playing surfaces and venues for women’s matches under its control will be similar to those of the men, an issue that arose when the women refused to play a 2015 exhibition against Trinidad and Tobago on artificial turf in Honolulu. FIFA scheduled the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada on artificial turf but the men’s World Cup has been played exclusively on grass.

The federation will provide equal support staffs to both the men’s and women’s teams.

“Coming to agreement on the working conditions was just the first step,” Parlow Cone said. “The goal for both sides in this was to really define a more structured way to provide both teams, the men and the women, with equitable support, also allowing for flexibility at the same time.”

The federation has argued that it cannot pay the women World Cup bonuses matching those of the men because of vastly dissimilar bonus payments for men’s and women’s tournaments paid to federations by FIFA, soccer’s world governing body.

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Sports Illustrated model Carol Alt, 60, reveals her secrets to staying fit

Carol Alt turned 60 on Tuesday and revealed her secrets to staying fit throughout her life.

The former Sports Illustrated model confessed to the Daily Mail “it’s all about what you eat” and that she has stayed “away from chemicals and GMOs and feed my brain good fats.”

Alt revealed she’s never fallen for trendy diets like “low fat or no fat diets”  because when people “take the fat out, they add sugar.”

Instead, the cookbook author believes in eating natural fats such as olive oil and avocados.

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“Did you know you can drink a ton of water but still feel dehydrated because you are not eating enough good fats?” she pointed out. “It is important to include fat in your diet, and it will show on your skin, hair, nails.”

Carol Alt has graced the covers of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Sports Illustrated. 

Carol Alt has graced the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Sports Illustrated. 
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Alt said her goal is to remain strong as she ages so she can maintain an active lifestyle and keep working in front of the camera. 

“When I started eating better my body and my skin started looking better. I was incredible,” she described. “I work hard to look good because I love acting, I want to keep doing it, it is my goal, so that is my priority.”

CAROL ALT POSES TOPLESS, DRAPES HERSELF IN NOTHING BUT BEADS FOR SI SWIMSUIT ICON CHALLENGE

Although Alt loves to break a sweat, she prefers to keep her workouts simple and fast. 

“You need to do a little every day, but don’t kill yourself,” the actress advised. “You can’t push yourself too hard or else you will get sore and not want to do it again the next day. So do a little every day.”

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Alt loves doing exercises for one minute because she feels it’s “better to do one minute of challenging lunges that 10 minutes of sloppy ones.”

Earlier this year, Alt participated in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Icon Challenge, which involves followers recreating their favorite SI Swimsuit photos. Alt’s submission was a replica of Marisa Miller’s 2008 cover in which she posed on a beach in St. John, one of the U.S. British Islands.

Alt graced the cover of the swimsuit magazine in 1982.

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Sports Illustrated model Carol Alt EXCLUSIVE: The star reveals how she looks so great at 60

Eighties supermodel Carol Alt – who was on the cover of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar regularly for over a decade and also made the front of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue – turned 60-years-old on Tuesday.

And the brunette bombshell talked to DailyMail.com exclusively about how she has maintained her incredible looks over the decades.

‘It’s all about what you eat!’ said the Private Parts actress. ‘I stay away from chemicals and GMOs and feed my brain good fats.’ She also makes sure she does at least a one minute workout every day.

She sure knows how to look fabulous: Carol Alt is see in 2019

The early days: And here she is modeling in 1988

She sure knows how to look fabulous: Carol Alt has talked to DailyMail.com exclusively on her 60th birthday about staying young looking; here she is seen on the left in 2019 and on the right in 1988 as a model

Alt is known for sticking with a raw diet as she has authored several cook books on the subject.

The beauty also said that bread and processed foods cause damage because the body does not know what to do with them.

‘People went on those low fat or no fat diets which did not work out,’ explained Carol. ‘That is because when they take the fat out, they add sugar.

‘The body wants good fats like olive oil and avocados.

Smart model: It's all about what you eat!' said the Private Parts actress. 'I stay away from chemicals and GMOs and feed my brain good fats.' She also does a one minute workout every day

Smart model: It’s all about what you eat!’ said the Private Parts actress. ‘I stay away from chemicals and GMOs and feed my brain good fats.’ She also does a one minute workout every day

‘Did you know you can drink a ton of water but still feel dehydrated because you are not eating enough good fats?

‘It is important to include fat in your diet, and it will show on your skin, hair, nails.’

She started eating raw after she felt her looks were not as good as they could be.

‘When I started eating better my body and my skin started looking better, it was incredible,’ she said.

‘I work hard to look good because I love acting, I want to keep doing it, it is my goal, so that is my priority,’ she added.

Alt’s next acting gig is Paper Empire with Kelsey Grammer which will get a shoot date once the COVID-19 spike settles down.

Fats are good! 'Did you know you can drink a ton of water but still feel dehydrated because you are not eating enough good fats? 'It is important to include fat in your diet, and it will show on your skin, hair, nails.' Seen in the Eighties

Fats are good! ‘Did you know you can drink a ton of water but still feel dehydrated because you are not eating enough good fats? ‘It is important to include fat in your diet, and it will show on your skin, hair, nails.’ Seen in the Eighties

She also just made a movie with Eric Roberts titled My Last Best Friend about two identical-looking men.

Exercise also plays an important role for the Thunder In Paradise actress. 

The Los Island native also said the most important thing with working out is being consistent.

‘You need to do a little every day. but don’t kill yourself,’ she said. ‘You can’t push yourself too hard or else you will get sore and not want to do it again the next

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Vanderbilt women’s soccer player receives SEC football honor | Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference has named Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller as the league’s co-special teams player of the week after she made history becoming the first woman to play in a Power 5 conference football game.

Fuller shared the award Monday with Florida punt returner Kadarius Toney after the senior soccer player served as Vanderbilt’s primary kicker in a loss to Missouri. She sent a squib kick 30 yards that was covered at the Missouri 35 to open the second half in her only chance to kick.

The Vanderbilt kicker became the third woman to play at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, joining Katie Hnida who was the first scoring two extra points for New Mexico on Aug. 30, 2003 and April Goss who had an extra point for Kent State in 2015.

Fuller is continuing to practice with Vanderbilt, which visits No. 11 Georgia on Saturday. Fuller helped Vanderbilt win the Southeastern Conference women’s tournament title on Nov. 22.

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Digest: MU women open season with 96-78 win | Sports



Smiths help Mizzou roll past Oral Roberts 91-64

A sparse crowd, owing to COVID-19 restrictions, watches the first half of a game between Missouri and Oral Roberts on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)




The Missouri women’s basketball team opened its season with a 96-78 win over North Alabama at Mizzou Arena. Hayley Frank led the Tigers with 24 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. Aijha Blackwell, the St. Louis native, added 21 points and 10 rebounds. (Dave Matter)

Missouri State puts men’s basketball season on hold: Missouri State’s men’s program has suspended activities for at least two weeks because of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing with its program. As a result, all game are canceled or postponed though Dec. 12. (News services)

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SIUC men’s coach tests positive for virus: Southern Illinois University Carbondale men’s basketball coach Bryan Mullins has tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Friday, saying he was asymptomatic. The program has been shut down since Nov. 12 because of others testing positive. The women’s team also was paused Friday, for at least a week, because a player tested positive. (News services)

U.S. women win soccer exhibition match: Rose Lavelle and Kristie Mewis scored as the U.S. women won a rematch of last year’s World Cup final, beating the Netherlands by the same score as the match in Italy, 2-0, this time in Reda, Netherlands. The United States hadn’t played in 261 days because of the pandemic. (AP)

Meronk leads European golf tourney: Adrian Meronk opened a three-shot lead after two rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, European PGA Tour event in Malelane, South Africa. His second-round 66 moved him to 13 under par. Joachim B. Hansen and Richard Bland were tied for second, at 10 under. Robin Roussel, who shared the first-round lead with Meronk, has a 71 and fell into a tie for fourth place. (AP)

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Holiday gift guide for the DMV sports fan in your life

With December right around the corner, it’s once again time to take care of all of your holiday shopping. But what to get the local sports fan in your life?

With the coronavirus pandemic still keeping many families virtual, there’s never been a better year to take care of your shopping online, but it can still be tricky sorting through countless options.

To help ease your holiday stresses, use this gift guide for some fun options for fans of teams in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

Good luck, and happy holidays!

Washington Capitals

1. Skate-shaped glass

This Capitals-themed hockey skate-shaped pint glass will be sure to get a laugh every time you pull it out for another beer.

2. Stanley Cup puck

This 2018 Stanley Cup crystal puck is filled with actual ice from the Capitals’ Cup-winning Final and is a must-add for any Caps fan.

3. Capitals gloves

Get cold in the arena but still want to support the Caps? Try these Capitals gloves that you can still use your phone through.

 

Washington Football Team

1. Rivera Strong t-shirt

What better way to celebrate the holidays than by supporting head coach Ron Rivera in his fight against cancer? Rivera has been a steadying force in the organization despite undergoing a personal health battle, and the support of the franchise and its fans is a great way to keep his spirits high.

2. Alex Smith “Attitude is Free” gear

Speaking of supporting inspiring stories, Smith’s improbable comeback from a life-threatening injury is one of the greatest stories of this NFL season. Be sure to check out his entire line of apparel, including hats, t-shirts and more.

3. Terry McLaurin jersey

This one may be obvious, but that doesn’t make it a bad choice. Chances are, most Washington fans in your life have yet to fully restock their apparel since the team’s name change, and McLaurin is the best young rising star.

Don’t overthink this one.

Washington Nationals

1. Nationals bronze wine holder

For the wine fan in your life, consider a bronze holder designed to look like a batter ready to swing your favorite bottle of red.

2. Nationals “Sportula”

Getting the family together next summer (once it’s safe to gather again) to watch the game? Be sure to grill those burgers with a Nationals “sportula.”

3. Greatest plays coaster

These high-quality slate coasters highlight four of the greatest plays in Nationals history, a perfect conversation starter for your next house party.

Washington Wizards

1. Deni Avdija jersey

Support the Wizards’ newest member, first-round draft pick Deni Avdija, in his debut season in the nation’s capital. All Wizards jerseys can be found here.

2. Wizards tree topper

Add a little magic to your Christmas tree this season with a Wizards tree topper that will light up your whole family room.

3. Heritage banner

Honor the Wizards’ long history with a banner celebrating its past retro logos.

 

Baltimore Ravens

1. Lamar Jackson facemask

Even while social distancing and wearing your mask, you

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Happy (belated) Thanksgiving and happy Black Friday!



a group of people sitting in front of a crowd: Thanks to the pandemic, Black Friday is looking different — and less crowded — this year. NurPhoto/Getty Images


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Thanks to the pandemic, Black Friday is looking different — and less crowded — this year. NurPhoto/Getty Images

We at Insider Retail have been lamenting the “death” of Black Friday for years now. But the pandemic could make things even worse. Social distancing rules and in-store capacity limitations will certainly take their toll on the customer turnout for the shopping event. Many retailers also opted to start sales as early as October this year to combat the emergence of large crowds.

Beyond black Friday, a lot more has happened in the retail world this week! So, if you haven’t already subscribed, click here to get our weekly roundup of everything you need to know in the world of retail and restaurants written by me, Shoshy Ciment, and my colleague, Bethany Biron.

Now, onto the news of the week!



a man wearing a suit and tie: Daryl Parks speaks during a press conference in 2015, serving as the attorney for the family of Michael Brown. Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images


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Daryl Parks speaks during a press conference in 2015, serving as the attorney for the family of Michael Brown. Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

The current and former Black McDonald’s franchisees that have filed two lawsuits against the fast-food giant have a new lawyer on their legal team: Daryl Parks.

The civil right attorney has a record of serving as counsel in high-profile racial justice cases. He previously represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

“The case against McDonald’s is historic, and it is a privilege to be representing the Black men and women who were – and continue to be – treated like second-class citizens by the company,” Parks said in a statement. McDonald’s has denied allegations of racial discrimination.



Authentic Brands Group partnered with apparel company Mitchell & Ness for a line of products featuring historic Sports Illustrated covers. Authentic Brands Group


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Authentic Brands Group partnered with apparel company Mitchell & Ness for a line of products featuring historic Sports Illustrated covers. Authentic Brands Group

Authentic Brands Group (ABG), which owns the rights to 50 brands, acquired Sports Illustrated in 2019. The company has been licensing the magazine’s name and intellectual property to create merchandise, including nutritional supplements, CBD cream, and apparel collaborations.

ABG told Business Insider it is trying to balance keeping traditionalist fans happy while expanding into new categories.

“Our vision is, how do we take arguably the most famous sports brand that’s meant a lot to a lot of people, and create a 21st-century media brand,” Marc Rosen, the executive vice president for ABG’s business unit, told Business Insider in an interview. “It’s about being in a lot of places and being a lot of things to your customers.”



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Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Gina Drosos, the CEO of Signet Jewelers, said that the jewelry category has been “quite behind in developing e-commerce” in an interview with Business Insider.

Signet — which operates Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared, and other jewelry merchants — is pivoting much of its business to online. It is currently in the middle of a multi-year turnaround plan dubbed “Path to Brilliance,” which involves improving

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Shop safely and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list with this handy guide | Sponsored: Academy Sports + Outdoors

Editor’s Note

This article is brought to you by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

The holiday shopping season unlike any other is finally here. Although we’re all ready for a new year, many new habits are likely to stick around. We’ll keep cooking in the backyard, working out at home and enjoying the great outdoors in 2021 and beyond.

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We’ve put together a handy list of gift ideas for anyone in your life. Take a look at some of our favorite selections below and click on the links for more details and ordering options. For our full gift guide, visit www.academy.com/gift-guide.

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Gifts for the Grill Master

Digital Charcoal Grill and Smoker

Make your backyard a cookout destination with this grill that reaches up to 700 degrees and provides 10 to 15 hours of cooking time. A 560-square-inch cooking area provides plenty of space for all of your grilling needs.

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/masterbuilt-gravity-series-560-digital-charcoal-grill-smoker#repChildCatid=7930501

Outdoor Freestyle Rocker

This versatile chair is great for outdoor napping, reading, camping or just enjoying the yard. It folds flat and has a carry handle, so you can easily move it around for a change of scenery.

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/gci-outdoor-xl-freestyle-rocker#repChildCatid=7900511

BBQ Cooking Wood Logs

Kick your grilling up a notch with these flavored logs that add a distinct, smoky taste to anything on the barbecue. These logs are kiln dried, 100% natural and safe for the environment.

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/b-b-kiln-dried-flavored-125-cu-ft-bbq-cooking-wood-logs#repChildCatid=5152564

Gifts for Kids

Stiga Force Table Tennis Table

Keep the kids active indoors with this table that comes with a net, a post and corner pads for protection. Everyone from teens to younger kids can get in on the fun – maybe they’ll let the adults join, too!

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/stiga%C2%AE-force-table-tennis-table#repChildCatSku=024873069

AGame Trampoline with Enclosure

This trampoline is a great backyard addition and is suitable for anyone age 6 and up. It’s designed with safety in mind, including a synthetic mesh net and a steel frame covered with plus polyethylene and foam to keep jumpers safe.

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/agame-12-ft-round-trampoline-with-enclosure#repChildCatSku=124730970

AGame West Fork Wooden Swing Set

This set has everything kids need to make up their own games, including a flying saucer, wavy slide and two sling swings. The rock wall features textured grips and handles. Chain guards for the swing help prevent pinched fingers. The entire set can accommodate up to six children at once.

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/agame-west-fork-wooden-swing-set#repChildCatSku=112454285

Gifts for the Fitness Fan

GoFit ProGym Extreme Workout Kit

Elevate your home workout routine with this full kit. It comes with four power tubes that can be adjusted for up to 75 pounds

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The Latest: Iowa St women’s hoops coach in quarantine | Sports

The University at Albany women’s basketball team has postponed its first three games following a surge of the novel coronavirus in the university community.

UAlbany enacted a full campus pause on Nov. 10 and the women’s team has not been permitted to practice since.

The women’s season opener was originally scheduled for Sunday at home against Central Connecticut State. Games against crosstown rival Siena on Dec. 2 and at Marist on Dec. 5 also were postponed.

No makeup dates have been set.

Due to current New York state COVID-19 guidelines, fan attendance at sporting events is not allowed.

The Butler Bulldogs will open their men’s basketball season Wednesday night with up to 1,500 fans at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

School officials say they voluntarily decided to limit capacity to fewer than the 2,275 fans the Marion County Department of Health approved because it will be the first game played under the school’s new COVID-19 protocols.

Fans will be subjected to temperature checks and are required to follow social distancing measures and wear face coverings.

Butler opens play against Western Michigan and says it will consider increasing capacity to 2,000 fans for Sunday’s second home game, against Eastern Illinois.

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