Articles by: Val E

Care for your equipment in the springtime pays off in the fall.

Putting Away Stuff: More Advice On Cleaning And Storage

Things You Can Do To Show How Much You Love Your Equipment. [Editor Note: We received several comments about last week’s article by Don Burch about putting your skis away.  So, we asked retail expert and SeniorsSkiing.com correspondent Val E. offer some more advice.  Here you go.] Ski Cleaning All ski bases are made out of polyethylene which is a[Read More…]

by May 10, 2017 9 comments Gear
Demo staff are knowledgable, helpful and welcoming to first-timers.
Credit: Val E.

Demo Day: How To Participate And Enjoy

Here Are Some Tips For Taking Part. Don’t Be Shy. Every season ski shops, ski manufacturers, and ski resorts organize events when anybody could try new ski equipment. Demos range from a local mom-and-pop ski shop get-together to major on-snow events run by SIA (Snowsports Industry America). Why do you need to take part in it? Technical progress never stops,[Read More…]

by February 6, 2017 0 comments Skis
Still wearing 35 year old ski clothing? It looks it.

Using Old Clothing And Accessories: Part 2

But Do You Really Want To Be Seen In A Neon Jumpsuit From The 80s? [Editor Note: Correspondent Val E. rummages through his closet to assess what old stuff is still useful and what isn’t.  Here’s the second part of his report. The first part dealt with skis, boots and bindings.] Clothing Base layers— cotton is NOT for skiing, silk could[Read More…]

by January 9, 2017 0 comments Gear
Well, maybe not 360s.

Use Your Old Ski Equipment? Maybe: Part 1

Frugality Or Familiarity Might Be Reasons To Hang On. Should You? It Depends. Editor Note: This is the first of a two-part article where ski industry veteran Val E. discusses whether using old equipment is safe and/or worth it.  We’ve seen people on the lift line with really old equipment; ours not to reason why. But you should know what the[Read More…]

by January 3, 2017 5 comments Gear
Electronic Gizmo Gift Ideas Keep You Connected

Electronic Gizmo Gift Ideas Keep You Connected

Wander, But Don’t Get Lost.   “Why am I here? What happened?” I was lying on my back in a narrow 20-ft deep snow hole. My concerned buddy was looking at me from above. I took a few photos and started thinking how to get out of my snow jail without ropes or means of communication with ski patrol. The conditions were tricky,[Read More…]

by December 13, 2016 0 comments Accessories, Gear
Body mapping clothing--allocating insulation in different zones--is an innovative idea being used by clothing manufacturers.
Credit: Berghaus

Layering Redux: More Tips For Senior Skiers

What A Modern Senior Skier Needs To Know About Layers. [Editor Note: Last September, SeniorsSkiing.com published an article about layering prompted by an unfortunate experience in extremely cold weather when we over-layered and paid the price for it. This year, here’s a list of tips from Val E., our new correspondent who has deep background in the ski industry. He’s bringing us[Read More…]

by October 5, 2016 3 comments Gear
Googles, once an after-thought, have embraced high technology as well high style.
Credit: Smith Goggles

10 Tips For Buying Goggles

10 Things A Senior Buyer Has To Know About Goggles. While goggles shopping, take your helmet with you; both should happily marry. It is good to have no gaps between goggles and your nose. Don’t touch the inner side of the lens with your fingers, gloves or paper napkins. You may scratch off the special coating, then the goggles will[Read More…]

by September 20, 2016 0 comments Accessories

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