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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
Now this is what a comfy lodge looks like.  Winter sports, good food, excellent accommodations at Glendorn.
Credit: Glendorn Resort

Cross-Country At Historic, Cozy PA Lodge

The Lodge At Glendorn Named Number One Resort Hotel In US. When I first said to our friends that we were having my wife’s 50th birthday party several years ago in Bradford, Pa. they cringed and all remarked, “In the middle of the winter in the icebox of Pennsylvania?”  They were sure surprised when they all drove through the wrought iron gates[Read More…]

by January 24, 2017 0 comments East
DIY very carefully. But it can be done.

Teach Yourself? Part 1

Can You? Should You? How? Perhaps the real, central question is, “Can you do it yourself?” The answer is, absolutely you can! I am living proof. Like many of us, I had taken a long hiatus from the sport. While I was gone, some clever person invented the parabolic ski. The technology created new opportunities on the snow but, how[Read More…]

by January 23, 2017 3 comments Features
SeniorsSkiing Guide: Easy Going At Bretton Woods

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Easy Going At Bretton Woods

Seniors (65-79) Ski For $25 Mid-Week At This Classic NH Gem. Down Cascade, up to Rosebrook Summit, down Upper Swoop, down Cascade, across to Diamond Ridge, down Deception Bowl, up the Bethlehem Express, down Big Ben, up Zephyr High Speed Quad, down Granny’s Grit. The skiing at Bretton Woods, NH, was so smooth and our trips so fast, that you[Read More…]

by January 23, 2017 0 comments East, Resort Reviews
Alpine Meadows

This Week In (Jan. 20)

New Senior Ski Tips eBook, Solitude Races, Big White Resort Review, “Snowbound” Excerpt, Lift Tickets From Speeders?, OR Show Finds. Oh, and the skiing ostriches.  Don’t ask, just watch. It’s been a busy week at We are seeing ongoing, monumental snow falls in the West that are relieving drought conditions in California and creating avalanche hazards all over the[Read More…]

by January 19, 2017 0 comments Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

CALIFORNIA January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, when many resorts offer special “learn to ski or snowboard” programs. Among them is Mountain High where guests can purchase a two-for-one midweek, non-holiday Half-Day First Timer Package with lesson, rentals and a lower-mountain lift ticket. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows to host the Elite FIS Astle Memorial January 17-20, 2017. The[Read More…]

by January 19, 2017 0 comments Short Swings!
Nine Ski Tips Every Senior Skier Needs To Know

Nine Ski Tips Every Senior Skier Needs To Know

Subscribers Can Download A New eBook For Free. For Baby Boomer skiers, low impact and low torque are the keys to more runs per day and more pleasurable skiing in general. With the exception of the occasional kamikaze, older skiers want to remain in control on all types of terrain. And they want have a good time and look good[Read More…]

by January 19, 2017 7 comments Features
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

Snow In Literature: Snowbound by John Greenleaf Whittier

[An excerpt from Snowbound by John Greenleaf Whitter (1807-1892) to reflect on the tremendous snowfalls in the US and Canadian West.] So all night long the storm roared on: The morning broke without a sun; In tiny spherule traced with lines Of Nature’s geometric signs, In starry flake, and pellicle, All day the hoary meteor fell; And, when the second morning[Read More…]

by January 16, 2017 0 comments Features
Lift A Ticket? A Ski Patrolman Speaks

Lift A Ticket? A Ski Patrolman Speaks

There Are No Easy Answers.  It Might Hinge On Ski Resort Policy. Editor Note: Last spring, we received a note from Frank Dolman, a 43-year member of the National Ski Patrol and a long time guide for the Over The Hill Gang at Steamboat. His comment: “Problem—Some owners of ski areas are cutting costs by lowering headcount and hours of the[Read More…]

by January 16, 2017 0 comments Features
A mariachi band gets people dancing before the Outdoor Retailers show opens.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Hot Finds For Seniors At The Winter Outdoor Show

The Innovations Are Amazing. Here Are Three Top Picks For Seniors. Vibram – the company known for its hiking boot soles – has a new sole material it calls “Arctic Grip.” You can walk on solid ice and not slip. Really! To prove it, Vibram demonstrated on blocks of ice at its show booth. Arctic Grip is used by six[Read More…]

by January 16, 2017 1 comment Gear
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
Sugar Bowl base lodge on a snow day.

This Week In (Jan. 13)

Deer Valley Senior Friendliness, Online Lesson Review Series Starting, Using Old Stuff, Part 2, Fun and Fotos; Black Diamond’s Founder Urges Outdoor Retailers to Leave Utah. The snow has been piling up and up in the West while the snow from last weekend’s moderate storm in New England has melted in 55 degree temps. Crested Butte was closed down for[Read More…]

by January 13, 2017 0 comments Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

CALIFORNIA Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows received 10.5 feet since January 1! COLORADO Colorado resorts offering a variety of freebies, including: Free Snowcat to reach expert terrain Wolf Creek Ski Area Loveland Ski Area – Free Lift Tickets for Airline Passengers Crested Butte — Fly Alaska Airlines from Los Angeles to receive free lift ticket anytime before March 25,[Read More…]

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