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$85; xtratufboots.com  It’s 4 a.m. and freezing aboard the 32-foot gillnetter Tera Lea in the Lynn Canal near Juneau, Alaska. It has been raining for four days. I’ve slept two hours out of the last 48 and my hands are gnarled and numb. We’ve spent all night picking a huge fir tree out of our net while the skipper kept the net from wrapping around our propeller. Meanwhile, thousands of dollars’ worth of sockeye swim past. I’m totally beat and my skipper could flip out, rip my head off, and chuck it overboard at any moment. But damn, my feet are warm and toasty. My boots are called “Alaska tennies,” “Juneau sneakers,” “Valdez Vans,” and “Cordova Converse.” They’re the boots that the crews on king-crab boats in the Bering Strait wear while they chip ice off their decks in January. While you won’t see me on Deadliest Catch this season, this is my go-to wintertime footwear. They’re 16 inches tall, seamless, waterproof, insulated, and offer total protection in snow, slush, or mud. Unfortunately, they’re not great for skitching—the traction is too good. —Mark Lesh, Photo Editor/Assoc. Art Director, Skiing Magazine

Beech Mountain, NC, Jan. 28--Skiers below the Mason Dixon line are in powder heaven, with some of the best conditions of the season. The recent bout of unseasonable storms has left plenty of white the mountains of North Carolina.

A slow-moving snowstorm brought powder to local ski areas. Ski Beech resort has gotten about a foot in the last two days, Sugar Mountain has scored about 7 inches, and Hawks Nest got dusted with between 5-6 inches. Base depths at North Carolina resorts range between 40 and 90 inches.

Another winter weathermaker is tracking toward the region, bringing more snow over the weekend.

Check out the North Carolina Snow Report

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