Nostalgia

George at Alta this February.  He's an inspiration to us all.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

George Jedenoff, 99-1/2, Skis Like A Teenager

Powder Is His Passion, And His Daily Workout Keeps Him Fit. Let’s Grow Up Like Him. George is an inspiration. Watch him ski and you’d never know he’s over 99. He skis Alta or Snowbird every day when he’s in Utah, and he has a knack for finding patches of untracked powder days after a storm. George came to Utah[Read More…]

by February 21, 2017 0 comments Ski Heroes
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 2 comments Features, Remember When?
Stein thrilled visitors to Park City with his aerial flips. He was a gymnast in school and his graceful moves influenced several generations of free stylers.
Credit: Park City

Stein Eriksen Honored

Pioneer of Modern Skiing and Beloved Park City Community Member Remembered. Stein Eriksen’s kind demeanor and passion for alpine skiing defined him in equal measure. An accomplished gymnast, Stein transformed skiing by integrating aerials and other acrobatics into the sport. Stein proudly represented his home country of Norway in the 1952 Oslo Olympic Winter Games, winning gold in giant slalom[Read More…]

by January 4, 2017 2 comments Ski Heroes
Norway-born Snowshoe Thompson delivered mail in the Sierras in the 19th century.

Milestones of Modern XC Skiing In the US

Remember Skiing On Wooden Skis With A Pine Tar Base And Lathered In Klistervox? Wasn’t That Long Ago. Editor Note: XCSkiResort Publisher Roger Lohr has catalogued the main events that propelled XC skiing from a peculiar sport with a small following in the US to a major recreational and racing enterprise with a huge following.  Thanks, Roger, for tracing the trail.[Read More…]

by January 3, 2017 0 comments Gear, Ski History
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 0 comments Remember When?
Fun Fact: Legendary Hannes Schneider designed the trails at Laurel at around the same time he created Cranmore. 
Credit: Laurel Mountain

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Saving Laurel Mountain From Obscurity

Western PA Pioneer Area Comes Back To Full Operation. There has been a lot written about the lost ski areas.  For one reason or another, ski areas sometimes are unable to meet the financial or operational requirements and end up closing the lifts.  They fall into disrepair and end up on a list of lost ski areas forever.  But, there is[Read More…]

by December 28, 2016 4 comments East, Ski History
Goofy And Mickey On The Art Of Skiing

Goofy And Mickey On The Art Of Skiing

This Throw-Back Cartoon Reveals The Stereotypes Of Skiing In The 70s. Credit: Walt Disney Productions (Of Course!)

by December 28, 2016 0 comments Remember When?
John Christie as a young ski instructor.

10 Reasons To Go Skiing This Winter: John Christie’s Last Article

[Editor Note: We are honored to publish one of John Christie’s last articles about skiing, snow, and the outdoors.  John was one of snow sports most ardent supporters, from his days as a college racer to the development and management of major ski resorts in Maine and Vermont. He passed away in the spring, and to us, he was an original[Read More…]

by December 20, 2016 1 comment Ski Heroes
New England Ski Museum Tells 3,000 Years Of Ski History

New England Ski Museum Tells 3,000 Years Of Ski History

From The Stone Age To Today. The tiny museum in Franconia, New Hampshire is located next to Cannon Mountain’s gondola base, and it’s a wonderland. Even before you enter, you’re intrigued by what you see just outside the door and you ask yourself: “What’s that thing?” The big red boxy thing is one of Cannon’s original tram cars from 1938.[Read More…]

by November 28, 2016 2 comments East, Ski History
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?
Leather, buckle boots. No helmet, skidding turns.  Snow was still snow, though.
Credit: Pathe

Fifty Years Of Ski Racing In Two Minutes

Check Out The Change In Equipment, Styles, Spectators Through The Years. Many thanks to the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance for posting this really interesting clip.  The CSIA got it from Skitourowe Zakopane.pl., a Polish ski travel group enticing visits to the Tatra Mountains, the highest mountains in Poland and part of the Carpathian chain in Eastern Europe.  In any case, it’s[Read More…]

by November 2, 2016 4 comments Remember When?
John Andrew points out ski areas he's skiied on a the wall-sized map in his Renton, Wash., home. 
Credit: John Nelson

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
As he did with so many things, Warren finds his own way to wax. Credit: Warren Miller Personal Archive

Review: Warren Miller’s Latest Is A Winner!

“Here, There, & Every Where” Brings Out Pre-Season Inner Child. Warren Miller has been bringing out my pre-season Inner Child since I was a kid in Troy, NY. Every Fall he presented and narrated his latest film to a full house. For me he conveyed an impossibly aspirational message: Make a life choice that will allow you to ski, whenever and[Read More…]

by October 25, 2016 0 comments Ski Heroes
Ski Pioneer Film-Maker Warren Miller lacing up at the Matterhorn.  His beautiful and fun-filled films brought new people to skiing in the 60s and 70s. The WME company continues to produce over the top visual feasts.

Warren Miller’s Story: You May Be A Skier Because Of Him

New Autobiography Shows How Miller Created Skiing’s Visual Brand. For any senior who’s ever attended a Warren Miller film, Freedom Found, My Life Story will provide an intriguing look at skiing history as well as Miller’s success story. The autobiography is a must-read for anyone with a mindset to dig into the ups-and-downs of skiing—and real life. Freedom Found is[Read More…]

by September 28, 2016 2 comments Home Top Box 1, Ski Heroes
Early One Pole Skiers

From One Ski Pole to Two

A Personal Experience As Told To Alan K. Engen. The late Ruth Rogers Altmann, a good friend and longtime Alta skier, was born in Vienna in 1917. She learned to ski in the Austrian Alps. Ruth’s earliest ski lessons involved the transition from Mathias Zdarsky’s (1874-1946) turning technique using one ski pole and leaning into the mountain to Hannes Schneider’s[Read More…]

by September 15, 2016 0 comments Ski History

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