Articles by: Michael Maginn

Precipitation: Forecast vs Actual 2016-17
Credit: NOAA

2016-17 Winter Forecast Outcome

How Close Were NOAA Predictions? The Surprise Was California. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center recently published a review of its forecast for the 2016-17 winter.  As you know from horse racing, the stock market and Las Vegas, predictions often do not reflect realities.  The question really is how close to reality the predictions are. In October, 2016, the Winter Weather prediction was focused[Read More…]

by April 20, 2017 3 comments Features
Ski legend Doug Pfeiffer and SeniorsSkiing.com co-publisher Mike Maginn reconnect after many decades at the ISHA Hall of Fame ceremony at Stowe.

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Apr. 14)

A Reunion, Big White As A Role Model, A Forbidden Resort, Goodbye To A Mountain Pioneer, Remembering Spring Skiing. Onwards to Spring!  We hear the skiing in the West has never been better.  Still more storms in the Sierra coming and the question, “When will it end?” must be raised.  For some, never is an okay answer. This week, in[Read More…]

by April 14, 2017 0 comments Features
Taking A Lesson At 72

Taking A Lesson At 72

Lessons Learned Beyond Skiing. When I told my companions I was going to take a lesson in the middle of our three-day ski getaway in Maine a couple of weeks ago, they uniformly said, “What a good idea!  So should I.”  But it was just me signing up for an hour-and-half with instructor Fred (not his real name) whom I[Read More…]

by March 28, 2017 7 comments Features
Spring Skiing 2016, somewhere in New England.
Credit: Mike Maginn

New England Ski Industry And Climate Change

The Facts Are Tough To Face, But The Ski Season In New England Is Getting Shorter. This story comes via the New England News Collaborative, and was first published by Maine Public. It aired on WBUR Boston, March 15, 2017. Two years ago during the infamous 2014-15 season, there was enough snow, it seemed, in New England to cover Mt. Washington many[Read More…]

by March 21, 2017 1 comment East, Features
SKIING Magazine Folds: Goodbye, Old Friend.

SKIING Magazine Folds: Goodbye, Old Friend.

After 7o Years Of Chronicling The Sport, The Venerable Publication Closes. The rumors are true.  SKIING Magazine, like so many other classic magazines, has finally closed down after nearly 70 years of publishing.  This is especially sad for me because I worked for SKIING in the early 1970s as a junior editor.  It was there I found myself catapulted into[Read More…]

by February 20, 2017 6 comments Features, Remember When?
Need Some New Tricks?

Need Some New Tricks?

From Mammut Deutschland.  Take Off Ski And Replace While Skiing?  Hold My Beer. Toni Heinle is the skier.  That’s all we know.  

by February 14, 2017 2 comments Features
Dave has the same smile!

Snow Sport Leaders: Dave Scott

“I Don’t Believe In Slowing Down.” [Editor Note: Dave Scott spent most of his adult life working in multiple facets of the ski and sport industry both in the United States and in Europe. In 2009, David Scott was honored as a Sport Builder by the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. Beginning his ski-racing career in Pennsylvania, David first came[Read More…]

by February 14, 2017 0 comments Snow Sports Leaders
January 10, 28 degrees, 11:30 AM

What A Difference A Day Makes

Cross-Country Skiing In Appleton Farms, Ipswich, MA., January 10-11.

by January 11, 2017 2 comments East
Flipping out at a 60s ski show.

Ski Show Retro Video Brings Back Memories

If You’ve Been Around The Ski Biz, You Will See Some Familiar Faces. Thanks to Cathie Judge for sending us this video commemorating the famous Harry Leonard Ski Shows, starting in the late 60s with lots of clips of several giants of the ski industry back in the day. Ski and Snow Board Show impresario and SeniorsSkiing.com advisory board member[Read More…]

by December 28, 2016 1 comment Remember When?
The National Ski Council Federation can connect you to a local ski club.

Find Ski Buddies Near You Through NSCF

Now Our Readers Can Pinpoint Local Ski Clubs. Check Out Their Events And Activities. In Flying Solo, a recent article by XCSkiResorts.com publisher Roger Lohr, the joys of solitary skiing, nordic or alpine, are highlighted.  From the comments, many readers agree.  There are definitely benefits to going at your own speed, especially when you ski with people whose skills are at[Read More…]

by December 12, 2016 3 comments Destinations, Features, Home Top Box 4
Shape Up 3: Challenge Yourself

Shape Up 3: Challenge Yourself

Five Basic Exercises Ramped Up To High Intensity Levels. [Editor note: This is the third and final in our series of preparation exercises for senior skiers from Rick Silverman, physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist. We started with basic hip and leg exercises (Oct 25), raised the intensity of those (Nov. 7) and now present a more challenging level of[Read More…]

by November 21, 2016 0 comments Conditioning
Credit: Shot Photos

Skiing In Literature: Pete Seeger’s “Snow, Snow”

Haunting Song Evokes Winter Night Snow Fall. Everybody knows Pete Seeger and his folk songs from archival ballads to anthems of struggle, the peace and labor movement, and the rest.  What is not widely known is that Pete was a lyrical poet, and some of his lesser known works are rich with images and emotion.  One of those is “Snow,[Read More…]

by November 14, 2016 0 comments Remember When?
That's cruising we like.  Thanks to Nite Fly for the video clip.

Follow The Leader At L2A

Synchronized Cruising In The French Alps Captured By Drone. This reminds us of the coordinated swimming events we see in the Olympic Games, minus the gel in the hair.  Well, kind of. A group of skiers cruises down and around the slopes at Les 2 Alpes (aka L2A), an amazing resort which actually has a short summer season we reported on this[Read More…]

by November 8, 2016 2 comments International
Shape Up 2: Up A Notch

Shape Up 2: Up A Notch

Revving Up Intensity For Our Five Basic Exercises. [Editor Note: A couple of weeks ago, we introduced a set of baseline exercises focusing on legs and hips as part of a get-ready strategy for this season’s snow sports activities.  This week, our exercise guide, physical therapist, certified strength and conditioning specialist and teleskier Rick Silverman, shows us how to up these[Read More…]

by November 7, 2016 0 comments Conditioning
Shape Up 1: Easy Starters for Seniors

Shape Up 1: Easy Starters for Seniors

Ease Into Shaping Up For Snow Sports With Five Basic Exercises. [Editor Note: It’s time to focus on strengthening legs and hips for snow sports.  This year, we are going to offer three “flights” of exercise with increasing challenge and intensity for the same group of muscles. We’ll publish these about two weeks apart, so get started now. We asked[Read More…]

by October 25, 2016 0 comments Conditioning

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