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RealSkiersSkiers suffer. We endure countless indignities just to engage in the activity that allows us to say the hallowed words, “I’m a skier.”  

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Freestyle skier (Sun Valley Facebook)Liftopia is offering skiers and riders savings of up to 80 percent on lift tickets purchased in advance of the 6:30 p.m. EST kickoff Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1. Here is a sample of Game Day offers and savings off walk-up window rates. Prices are based on availability.

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Bern Freeride Series at Cannon Mt.The Bern Freeride Series begins Saturday, Jan. 31 at Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire’s Franconia Notch State Park. The three-event series has categories for ages 12 and under, age 13+, skiers, snowboarders and ladies.

Woodstock Inn's Suicide Six ski area. (Woodstock Inn & Resort/Facebook)Vermont’s Woodstock Inn & Resort is offering three packages this season for skiers riders, and snowshoers: the Ski Free Program, Killington Express Ski Package, and the Tubbs Snowshoes Total Tranquility Package. All accommodations are at the Woodstock Inn & Resort.

Women's Week at Breckenridge (Vail Resorts)Colorado’s Breckenridge hosts its inaugural Women’s Ski Week Feb. 14-22. The week provides women with a welcoming, supportive, and fun place to improve skiing or snowboarding skills and meet new friends. 

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Sunday RiverHead to Sunday River near Bethel, Maine and grab an on-mountain lodging deal with the resort's daily Ski & Stay package, available all season. 

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Be A Paparazzi At SundanceI skied with Barbara Streisand’s brother one year while teaching skiing at Deer Valley. I’ve spotted Danny Devito and talked with Kate Walsh at the Smile Celebrity Ski Race. 

Lindsey Vonn after win 63 at KitzLindsey Vonn  will wing her way home to Vail/Beaver Creek and the upcoming World Alpine Skiing Championships with a 64th career victory, taking a strong win Sunday over Austria's Anna Fenninger in an Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G in St. Moritz, Switzerland. 

Travis Ganong at Hahnenkamm TrainingAfter two hours of weather delays, the famed Hahnenkamm was shortened—with the fastest times coming in at under a minute. Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) was the top American downhiller on Saturday, taking fifth place—his best ever result in Kitzbuehel.

After winning both training runs, Kjetil Jansrud of Norway stepped on top of the podium again. Paris Dominik of Italy was second, just missing first place by .02 seconds, and Guillermo Fayed of France took third.

"This is a good step forward and confidence builder going into Beaver Creek," Nyman said after his downhill run. "I want to give it everything and see what I got. Hopefully I can win or get a medal. I’m stoked."

The racers could hear the 60-70,000-person crowd in the start gate and even with massive delays and falling snow, the audience was electric. The spectators lined the finish of ski racing’s Super Bowl—a right-of-passage race for so many skiers. As Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) said after the super G, “Every ski racer has two goals: an Olympic medal and a podium or a win in Kitzbuehel.”

The racers still got up to almost 80 mph, but on such a short track, there was very little room for error. Both Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) and Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) noted that, making a couple quick mistakes, which put them down in 41st and 44th, respectively.

Meanwhile at St. Moritz, Switzerland, Lauren Ross led the USA in 12th spot at the final Audi FIS Ski World Cup women’s downhill before World Championships. Alice McKennis was 22nd while a late-race error send Lindsey Vonn down to 23rd. She retained her World Cup downhill lead. Super G set for Sunday before the team heads back to America for World Championships at Vail/Beaver Creek.

Photos: Top -- USA's Travis Ganong takes the famed Streif course during Hahnenkamm weekend training runs (Mitch Gunn/USST); Below -- Crowds upwards of 70,000 make the Hahnenkamm Austria's version of the Super Bowl (Kitzbuehel)

Hahnenkamm crowds nearly 70,000

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Anyone can be a VIP at SundanceThis year, we say goodbye to L’Oreal (and MorningStar Farms veggie burgers). but that doesn't mean there isn't a whole lot of other things to do and see and eat in Park City during the Sundance Film Festival when you’re not skiing. You don’t even need a V.I.P pass.