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Six new ski books worth checking out.

The book:HALLOWED BE THE EXTREME by John Cummings
The lowdown: Exuberant semifictional account of a madcap youth spent at Killington and Cape Cod.
The kicker: Contains the single greatest sled-ride passage ever written.
How to get it: Pearl Street Publishers;hallowedextreme.com; $12




The book: POWDER BURN by Daniel Glick
The lowdown: Engrossing, thoroughly researched, take-no-prisoners whodunit on the Vail fires.
The kicker: Vail CEO Adam Aron is furious about this book. Curious?
How to get it: PublicAffairs; publicaffairsbooks.com; $25

The book: LONG DISTANCE: A YEAR OF LIVING STRENUOUSLY by Bill McKibben
The lowdown: Celebrated writer goes suddenly nuts for hardcore cross-country skiing.
The kicker: Think X-C’s boring? Not in McKibben’s hands. The guy knows how to write.
How to get it: Simon & Schuster;simonsays.com; $23



The book:MIDWEST SKIING: A GLANCE BACK by John Pontti and Kenneth Luostari
The lowdown: Photo-driven history of skiing’s Scandinavian-immigrant roots in the upper Midwest.
The kicker: Find out why the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame is in Ishpeming.
How to get it: Arcadia Publishing; arcadiaimages.com; $19

The book: COLORADO HUT TO HUT by Brian Litz
The lowdown: Colorful, information-packed, two-volume expanded third edition of Litz’s classic guide.
The kicker: A key component of a fun, safe, comfortable trip to Colorado’s high backcountry.
How to get it: Westcliffe Publishers; westcliffepublishers.com; $25/$20 (Volume I/Volume II)

The book: WOMEN’S GUIDE: WINTER SPORTS by Iseult Devlin
The lowdown: Clear, detailed women’s guide to everything from ice skating to snowboarding.
The kicker: Not just a how-to; a motivator.
How to get it: Ragged Mountain Press;raggedmountainpress.com; $15