Articles by: John Nelson

Duwamish River, looking to downtown Seattle, used to meander through the salt marsh.  
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Cycling Series: Around Old Seattle

Biking With A Mission: Hit The Historic Parts Of Town. Editor Note: You can download a cue sheet for this “Forgotten Seattle Bike Tour” by clicking here which will take you to correspondent John Nelson’s blog.  It turns out the bicycle is a great time machine. I recently devised a tour to take in some of Seattle’s most famous historic[Read More…]

by June 4, 2017 0 comments Features
Fred Frost, 74, skis 35,000 - 40,000 vertical daily.

Super Seniors Rack Up Vertical at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Up the mountain he goes, down the mountain he goes. Repeat, endlessly. Fred Frost, 74, is a marvel of skiing stamina, regularly racking up more than 4 million vertical feet per season at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Frost is among the many hard-charging senior skiers at the Montana resort who take advantage of a free-ticket policy for anyone older than 70.[Read More…]

by March 8, 2017 2 comments Other News
Ready to ride on a firm day at Stevens Pass. Credit: John Nelson

Gear Review: K2 Pinnacle 105

Big-Mountain Lovers Won’t Find A Better Age-Busting Ski. By age-busting, I mean the K2 Pinnacle 105. makes everything easier — and it made me feel about 20 years younger. The Pinnacle 105 is on SeniorSkiing.com’s list of best Big Mountain skis for seniors in the West. If you’d like to receive the list, click on this link and subscribe on the form[Read More…]

by February 21, 2017 4 comments Skis
Much of the skiing at Schweitzer Mountain has great views of Lake Pend Oreille and the surrounding mountains.
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SeniorsSkiing Guide: Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Northern Idaho’s “Little Secret” Steps Up Dining Amenities. Pat Rotchford, 76, sat in The Nest, the new top-of-the-mountain restaurant at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, looking very happy. He was drinking red wine by the fireplace with his friend, Debbie Stanley, eating prime rib sliders and Vietnamese spring rolls—not your typical mountain fare. “Everything we’ve had here has been excellent,” said Rotchford,[Read More…]

by February 13, 2017 0 comments Resort Reviews, West
Skiers and snowboarders rise above the clouds on the Crystal Chair at Sun Peaks. Credit: John Nelson

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Sun Peaks, BC, Senior-Easy Big Mountain

When You’re No. 2, The Saying Goes, You Try Harder. That’s true of Sun Peaks Resort, Canada’s second largest ski area behind behemoth Whistler-Blackcomb 200-plus miles away in the coastal mountains. This excellent resort near the British Columbia city of Kamloops offers three mountains to ski, a well-designed, bustling village and even a fair bit of off-piste, side country powder[Read More…]

by January 24, 2017 1 comment Resort Reviews, West
The Alpine T-Bar serves low-angle intermediate terrain near the 7,606-foot summit of Big White. Credit: John Nelson

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Big White, Big Senior-Friendly

Big Choice Of Intermediate Runs, “Master” Lessons, Bring Seniors Back Each Year. It’s hard to find a resort better suited to older skiers than the popular British Columbia destination of Big White. Located in Okanagan region of B.C. near the bustling, fast-growing city of Kelowna, Big White is indeed big, with a sprawling village that boasts the most ski-in, ski-out[Read More…]

by January 17, 2017 1 comment International, West
A skier hits the slopes of Powder Keg at Mt. Hood Meadows. 
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SeniorsSkiing Guide: Mt Hood Meadows

Free Skiing For 75-Plus.  Nice. This resort on the southeastern flank of a 11,249-foot volcano has a lot to recommend it: great terrain, great proximity to the hipster-haven of Portland, OR., and ample snowfall from regular winter storms. If you’re 75 and older, you’ll have another reason to love Meadows: It’s free. “It reminds me of the Matterhorn—it’s just so[Read More…]

by January 4, 2017 0 comments Resort Reviews
The powdery slopes of Mt. Bachelor await skiers at the top of the new Cloudchaser Express lift. Credit: Jon Tapper

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Mt. Bachelor, OR

New Lift Opening On Dec 16 Makes Mt. Bachelor Sixth Largest In US. The season seems to go on forever at Central Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor, where Pacific storms dump huge annual totals, and the upper-elevation slopes hold onto the snow. From November to late May, Mt. Bachelor keeps the lifts spinning for an ardent group of skiing faithful. Among them[Read More…]

by December 13, 2016 2 comments Resort Reviews, West
John Andrew points out ski areas he's skiied on a the wall-sized map in his Renton, Wash., home. 
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Skiing North America: Every Resort, Everywhere

An 85-Year Old Believes Someone Has To Do It; It Might As Well Be Him. So many ski areas, so little time. Yet at age 85, John Andrew is still busily crossing them off his list. Over the past 20 years, Andrew has been on a mission to ski all 700 alpine resorts in North America. He’s currently at 528,[Read More…]

by October 31, 2016 8 comments Home Top Box 4, Ski Heroes
Landscape arch in the Devils Garden Trail in Arches National Park.
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Cycling Series: Rolling Among The Rocks At Arches

Once Past The Crowds, Another World Opens Up. Looking out the window of a car just can’t capture the otherworldly beauty of Arches National Park in Utah. In this stark and dramatic landscape of towering spires, delicate arches and balanced rocks, I chose to bike and hike on my pathway to discovery. I visited Arches in Fall 2015. I pulled[Read More…]

by May 17, 2016 0 comments Features, West
Crater Lake water is pure and deep blue.  It's 33 miles around the rim and 4000 vertical feet of ups and downs.
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Cycling Series: Around Crater Lake

Riding The Rim Was One Of The Best Rides Ever. As I topped a ridge near 8,049-foot Llao Rock on the north rim of Oregon’s Crater Lake, I had that giddy moment cyclists get when everything comes together. I felt great. I had just finished one of my biggest climbs of the day. And I was alone on a road[Read More…]

by April 26, 2016 2 comments Features, Home Top Box 4, West
A skier rides the upper-elevation Edelweiss Chair at Alpental.
Credit: John Nelson

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Alpental—Accessible And Challenging

A Short Ride From Seattle, Alpental Super Seniors Ski For $12. It was a rare sunny winter day in Seattle, and I was stuck working in my office. I kept looking out the window, thinking, “I wish I was skiing.” Why not? Daydreaming wasn’t getting the work done, so I bolted out of the city, and an hour later, I[Read More…]

by March 21, 2016 0 comments Resort Reviews, West
Clearing skies over Cowboy Mountain at Stevens Pass.
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SeniorsSkiing Guide: Stevens Pass—Low, Low Prices For Seniors

It Is Hard To Beat These Lift Ticket Prices For 70+. I learned how to ski at Stevens Pass, so whenever I return, it feels a little like a trip back in time. The lifts are updated, of course, but I can’t help reminiscing about those days more than a half-century ago as I learned how to make a parallel[Read More…]

by March 15, 2016 0 comments Resort Reviews, West
A skier heads off the top of Great White Express at White Pass. 
Credit: John Nelson

SeniorsSkiing Guide: White Pass, WA, Free For 73+!

Kudos To Senior-Friendly Ski Resort Three Hours From Seattle. As I got ready for a day of skiing at White Pass, I ran into a gregarious septuagenarian with a big smile on his face. “It should be a great day,” he said to me happily as we crossed paths. Fresh snow had fallen on the empty weekday slopes. And if[Read More…]

by March 1, 2016 0 comments Home Top Box 1, Resort Reviews, West
SeniorsSkiing Guide: Mission Ridge On A Snowy Day

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Mission Ridge On A Snowy Day

Day Trip-able Area From Seattle Offers Senior Bargains and “Uncrowds.” “My wife and I are retiring and moving here this year,” the skier from the Seattle area said as we rode the chairlift at Mission Ridge. “We love it here.” I could see the attraction of this gem on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains. Mission has bargain pricing,[Read More…]

by February 18, 2016 0 comments Home Top Box 3, Resort Reviews, West

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