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Tailgating. Prepping finger foods. House parties…The NFL’s biggest event is filled with tons of traditions. Why not make skiing or riding one of them? Here are 8 reasons why you should hit the slopes on February 5.

1. The game doesn’t start until after the ski day ends.

The game kicks off at 6:30pm EST, leaving your whole morning free. Why not spend it on the slopes? Ski the bowls of your favorite mountain, then kick off those boots and make it back in time to watch the other bowl in the lodge bar.

2. Think of all the food you’ll later be consuming.

Chips. Dip. Beer. Wings. Beer. More beer. Imagine how much better all of this will taste after a long day on the slopes. The best part? Skiing or riding burns hundreds of calories, so you’ll get to enjoy all of your favorite game-time foods guilt-free. Another wing? Don’t mind if I do.

3. Enjoy mid-winter conditions and no crowds.

While most people will be sitting in front of their TVs on their couches, you’ll be able to take advantage of short lift lines, wide-open slopes, and tons of untracked snow. We’re in the thick the season and this is the time when ski resorts see some of the best conditions all year. Make sure you’re not missing out!

PHOTO: Sugarloaf Mountain

4. You can watch the game at a ski resort bar.

Worried you might miss something? Most ski resort bars will be showing the game on big TV screens. Some will even be hosting special celebrations, offering food and drink deals and entertainment throughout the afternoon. Check your local resort’s calendar to find out what’s happening near you.

5. Show off your team pride.

We can’t think of a better way to show off your team pride than donning your jersey while flying down your favorite runs. Welcome cheers and high-fives from fellow fans, and gain respect from rival fans.

PHOTO: Wildcat Mountain

6. Fan of a losing team?

Okay… So your team didn’t cut it. Go ahead, take it out on the mountain. We won’t judge.

7. Your non-football-watching friends will thank you.

We all have those friends in the group. You know… the ones who end up at every party, but don’t actually like football. Give them something to do that they won’t have to fake enjoying.

8. Great deals when you buy in advance.

Ski resorts offer some of their best prices for lift tickets and lodging. Book now on Liftopia.com and you can score great lift ticket prices on game day.

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