(skimag.com by Maureen Drummey)
Hot Loc Ski Lock storage systems are for you if you tend to pile your skis in a heap on the floor during the off-season. The enclosed storage system (which hangs flat against a wall) goes for $35 plus sales tax and $7.50 for shipping and handling. Price is $49.95. Call 717-852-0164 and ask for the SKI Magazine deal.
Elan's Kids Free Ski Program is the way to outfit your family. Buy two pairs of Elan's adult skis, and you'll receive a free pair of junior Team Carve shaped skis, plus a junior lift ticket and a subscription to SKI Magazine. For details and a list of participating retailers, call 800-950-8900 or visit www.elanskis.com
Atlas Snowshoes provides the Explore Winter card when you purchase a pair of snowshoes and register with the Snow Shoe Crew. The card offers discounts on merchandise and a free, single-day access pass at a variety of resorts from Bretton Woods, N.H., and Vail, Colo., to Mammoth, Calif., and Whistler, B.C. Call 888-482-8527 or visit www.atlassnowshoe.com.
Tubbs has created a snowshoe starter kit, which entails your choice of Tubbs Discovery 21 or Discovery 27 snowshoes, a pair of three-part adjustable snowshoe poles and a Tubbs TrailNet CD with tips and techniques for getting started. The Discovery 21 kit, sized to fit people weighing up to 140 pounds, is $159. The Discovery 27 kit, for people weighing up to 220 pounds, is $169. Purchase any pair of Tubbs Snowshoes, and you'll get a free pass to a host of North American alpine and cross-country resorts. Call 800-882-2748 or visit www.tubbssnowshoes.com.
Spyder brings style, functionality and value to the slopes with the $99 Kreitler Insulator, a jacket from the Venom collection. The jacket can be worn alone or under a shell and comes in three colors-beef, olive or shiner. Call 317-576-0300 or visit www.galyans.com.
Rossignol realizes that Banff, Alberta might be too far to drag your skis. If so, use the Ski Stop's SKI VIP Rental Plan to demo this year's Rossignol equipment. For a flat rate, you can test different gear each day to check out a variety of current models. The plan starts with a minimum of three days for $65, plus $30 per day through day six. From day seven, the rate is $10 a day. The plan includes a 15 percent discount on clothing and accessories, a coupon for a free meal and a buying option. Call 403-760-1650 or visit www.theskistop.com.