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This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Apr. 21)

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Apr. 21)

Checking The Winter Forecast, Mom-And-Pop: Is Smaller Better?, Editorial: Is Bigger Better?, Silly Falls On Video, Alta GM Retires. This week, a mini-theme has emerged from two of our articles.  We have a piece from new contributor Don Burch, who makes the case for the local ski area. Basically, he says, it’s inexpensive, accessible, manageable, and more intimate (think community) than[Read More…]

by April 21, 2017 0 comments Features
Editorial: How Will Consolidations And Collaborations Impact Senior Skiers?

Editorial: How Will Consolidations And Collaborations Impact Senior Skiers?

Bigger Better? With the Aspen KSL Capital Partners acquisition of Stratton VT and Mt. Tremblant, PQ, and Vail buying the iconic Stowe VT resort, it appears the ski industry has passed a tipping point. The trend is now toward nation-wide reach, corporate management and marketing, multi-resort passes that can be used from coast to coast, and certainly more choices. These[Read More…]

by April 20, 2017 7 comments Features
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 Fails On Video

Ski Fails On Video

A Compilation Of Major Flops And Embarrassing Flips. It’s the silly season in these last days of April.  We’re sending along a collection of video clips of those skiers and boarders who tried…and failed.  The T-bar episode is actually hysterical. Thanks to FailToTheGail for putting this together.  Who was it that said the difference between comedy and tragedy is distance?    [Read More…]

by April 19, 2017 1 comment Features
Small is better? Accessible, economical, family-friendly, local ski areas have a community feeling.
Credit: Ski Sundown

The Case For The Local Ski Area

So It’s Not The Rockies.  But What Makes Mom-And-Pop Special? [Editor Note: As we are seeing in a month of startling industry news, the ski business is rapidly consolidating.  Big corporations are buying portfolios of resorts.  Vail has added Stowe to its collection. Aspen and its private equity investors, KLS Capital Partners are plucking up Stratton and Mt. Tremblant, among[Read More…]

by April 18, 2017 4 comments East, 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
Mary and Lloyd Anderson, REI founders.

Mary Anderson, REI CoFounder, RIP

Mary Anderson, who in 1938 co-founded REI, the nation’s largest consumer cooperative, died March 27. She was born in 1909 and lived to 107. She and her husband, Lloyd, began during the Depression importing high quality ice axes from Austria and selling them to fellow climbers. They formed a cooperative, a business model popular during the Depression in which members[Read More…]

by April 11, 2017 0 comments Features
This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Apr. 7)

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Apr. 7)

More From Jackson Hogen, Snow Sierra Superlatives, Seniors Like Online, Good Lesson Criteria. This week, we notice there are a number of resorts in New England having their final runs. Lifts are still spinning for a week or perhaps more at upper altitude resorts in northern Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, though. And season pass deals for 2017-18 are starting to[Read More…]

by April 7, 2017 0 comments Features
How Can You Tell You’ve Had A Good Ski Lesson?

How Can You Tell You’ve Had A Good Ski Lesson?

A Good Lesson Is One Where The Student Comes Away With A Positive Feeling. [Editor Note: Pat McCloskey is a Level III PSIA Instructor and a wicked, good skier and teacher, according to his friends.  This article is his response to last week’s “Taking A Lesson At 72.” Fun Fact: A past subscriber survey revealed that almost 40% of seniors intended to[Read More…]

by April 4, 2017 4 comments Features
This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Mar. 31)

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Mar. 31)

Out Like A Lamb? Special Request, Report From The Sierras, Face Tape, Top All Time Skis, A Lesson At 72. We know all about the monster winter that is not going away soon.  Yet more snow coming out West, pushing the snowpack over 160 percent of normal. That is certainly testing the endurance of our Western skiers.  Here in the[Read More…]

by March 31, 2017 2 comments Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Mike and I want to report on our progress and thank readers, editorial contributors, advertisers, and online collaborators for your support. We also want to ask for a favor. SeniorsSkiing.com is starting the fourth year of publication. We went online in April 2014. During that time we’ve grown from a handful of page views each month to almost 35,000 during[Read More…]

by March 31, 2017 30 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
Hermitage Club inhabits the Haystack Mt. as seen across the Deerfield Valley, VT.
Credit: Hermitage

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Mar. 24)

Sun Screen Explainer, Tremblant 1948, Private Ski Area Visit, Climate Change In New England Skiing, Visiting A Non-Profit Ski Resort, Senior Achievement: Notching Up Mega Vertical Feet. ATTENTION SUBSCRIBERS: EXPERTICITY HAS CHANGED THE NAME OF THE SENIORSSKIING.COM GROUP TO “SKI EXPERTS”.  The recent quota problem that some of our subscribers have reported has been resolved.  Try signing on to your account[Read More…]

by March 24, 2017 0 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
Brodie Mountain in Western MA was ground zero for St. Paddy's Day Skiing.
Credit: Brodie Mtn

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Mar. 17)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Senior Skin Sun Protection, Tamarack Bargain Resort, Steamboat’s Masters’ Program, Learning To Ski As An Adult. There was a wicked big, late winter snowstorm in the Northeast this week.  While not living up to dire predictions, this one (Stella, according to the Weather Channel) brought yet more snow to the high country in NH, VT and[Read More…]

by March 17, 2017 0 comments Features

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