We've made a few changes to Weekend's annual ski guide this year that we hope readers like. We've added the number of lifts and provided specific addresses (helpful for getting driving directions online) and expanded our descriptions

of ski resorts.

Skiing and snowboarding are not cheap, especially if you rent equipment and stay overnight. Lift ticket prices are up modestly from last year, but you'll be spending immodestly on gasoline to drive to the slopes. To save on lift tickets, weigh offers such as season passes; early- or late- season specials; multi-day specials; midweek rates; discounts for seniors, military and college students; deals that allow kids to ski free with adults; packages that combine lodging, rental or lessons; and group travel. You can find detailed lift ticket information on resort Web sites, as well as many other facts not featured here, such as current local temperature. Most ski areas offer terrain parks for snowboarders, which are accessed with a regular lift ticket, and snow tubing, an affordable family activity that's a relaxing break from the rigors of skiing or boarding. A few resorts offer cross-country (Nordic) skiing

or can point you toward nearby state forests

or parks. Finally, we have improved our

map of mid-Atlantic resort locations.

Throughout the ski season, an

interactive map with resort

profiles will be available at

www.washingtonpost.com/skiguide.

Are you ready? Let it snow!