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Much of the skiing at Schweitzer Mountain has great views of Lake Pend Oreille and the surrounding mountains.
Credit: John Nelson

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
Gorgeous view of Mt. Timpanogous.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Sundance Seniors Rock

Camaraderie and coaching with spectacular views. You might even catch a glimpse of owner and super star Robert Redford. Several times a month the Sundance Seniors meet and ski the mountain together. They’re ski buddies. They’re bonded by their love of skiing and their passion for Sundance. What’s more, Sundance Seniors get VIP care. Some ski days include a complimentary[Read More…]

by February 6, 2017 1 comment West
Homewood: Monumental snow.
Credit: Homewood

Sierra Nevada Blowout!

Think Feet, Not Inches. “Nevada” (Spanish for “covered in snow”) is back with a vengeance at the end of “Sierra” (“mountain range”) and California’s skiers and ski resorts are jubilant! Since January 1st, the Sierra Nevada has been clobbered with one storm after another, and except for one spate of warmer temperatures that brought rain for a couple of days[Read More…]

by January 26, 2017 0 comments 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 0 comments Resort Reviews, West
Groomers finalize the steep course with its finish line right at the base of the mountain just a few steps beyond Solitude's Village. 
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Solitude Hosts Major FIS, NorAm Snowboardcross, Skicross Races

Jan. 19-22 Races Are A First For This Resort Located In Twisty, Winding Big Cottonwood Canyon. It’s a test event for the FIS Freestyle, Snowboard and Freeski World Championships scheduled two years from now in 2019. So what? Don’t yawn. When Salt Lake City was chosen as the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics, the four resorts in Big and Little[Read More…]

by January 18, 2017 0 comments 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
Utah’s Historic Snowfall

Utah’s Historic Snowfall

This Says It All About The Snowfall In Utah This January. Credit: SkiUtah

by January 13, 2017 0 comments West
Skiing trees at Utah's Powder Mountain

Powder Mountain: The Cuba of Utah Ski Areas

Visit Soon, It’s About to Change. Before the end of this season, Powder Mountain, Utah’s slightly out of the way ski area will become the largest in all of North America with 8464 acres, surpassing in size Park City (7300 acres), Whistler Blackcomb (8171 acres) and Big Sky (8000 acres). Even without the 1000 new acres that will be available[Read More…]

by December 21, 2016 7 comments Destinations, Other News, West
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
Helo to cat, cat to snow fields, skiing  and glamorous camping, aka "glamping".
Credit: Whisper Ridge

Whisper Ridge: 100 Square Miles Of Snowcat Skiing In Utah

It’s New This Year And Something To Shout About. It’s the largest backcountry resort in the country: 3,300 feet vertical, 300+ average inches of snow, and luxury yurt “glamping.” Check your bucket list. Better add Whisper Ridge. Peace, quiet, the hush of snow, make your own tracks, and the vastness of mountain ranges virtually to yourself. Are you drooling? Whisper[Read More…]

by December 13, 2016 1 comment West
View of Revelstoke town, the valley, Columbia River and Monashees Mountains from the top of Revelstoke ski slope.

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Revelstoke, BC, Big Boy Mountain

Seniors Can Find Big Bargains At This Big Boy Resort. It’s hard to realize that today’s Revelstoke Mountain Resort only dates back to late 2007 and now has the greatest vertical drop in North America (at 5,620 feet, 400 feet more than Whistler, locals like to point out). And while it has only a third the skiable acres of Whistler,[Read More…]

by September 28, 2016 1 comment Home Top Box 3, Resort Reviews, West
Vail Purchases Whistler Blackcomb

Vail Purchases Whistler Blackcomb

Chinese Skiers Expected to Fuel Growth. Vail Resorts Inc. has reached an agreement to buy Whistler Blackcomb Holdings, owner of Whistler Blackcomb ski resort. The C$1.4 billion deal is expected to result in Vail’s marketing machine to attract greater numbers of international visitors to Whistler Blackcomb. “We have felt for a long time that Whistler (Blackcomb) is really the best[Read More…]

by August 9, 2016 1 comment Home Top Box 1, Other News, West
Mt. Baldy is small but powdery and friendly.
Credit: Mt. Baldy

Resort Review: Mt. Baldy BC Has A $19 Senior Season Pass! Seriously.

A Small Area Enchants Seniors, Offering Bargain Skiing In Big Powder. Editor Note: This review was written by Jim Barber, a long time skier and ski business veteran.  He lives near Mt. Baldy and loves his retirement home in BC.  Here’s his story:  “My wife and I started our life together in the ski shop business at Hunter Mountain N.Y. in the[Read More…]

by August 1, 2016 5 comments International, West
Campground Trail's wild flowers.
Credit: Maura Olivos

Wildflowers Galore! A Hike in Alta’s Albion Basin

Perfect Day’s Outing For Fit Seniors. [Editor Note:  This article was contributed to SeniorsSkiing.com by Sue Z.  Sue Z., born in Brooklyn, is now a senior skier who likes to spend her time at Alta. When she is not skiing or hiking with her husband, David, she paints in acrylics, plays the piano, and plays the drums. She and David have[Read More…]

by July 27, 2016 0 comments West
Ride down to the ocean after you ride up from the beach.
Credit: Pat McCloskey

Cycling Series: The Laguna Wilderness

Miles Of Mountain Trails On The OC Coast. My wife Janet was a flight attendant for US Air for many years, and she always referred to some crew members as “slam clickers.”  They go to their hotel, slam the door and click the lock and don’t go out to visit any of the local sights. Too bad, especially since there is[Read More…]

by July 20, 2016 1 comment West

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