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Snowcat skiing is a unique, albeit pricey experience with fresh powder every day. 
Credit: Selkirk Snowcat

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Apr. 28)

Cat Skiing, A Record Number Of Resort Visits, Naming Ski Trails, Putting XC Skis To Bed. We think we may have struck a nerve in last week’s editorial on whither senior lift ticket prices in the age of resort consolidation and collaboration.  Check the comments. Will big-league destination resort prices be pushing seniors to less-traveled, second-tier areas? How will second-tier resorts[Read More…]

by April 28, 2017 0 comments Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

A WOW Ski deal for Senior Skiers! The day before Alta closed for the season, a few ski companies were set up to demo products. One was Liberty Skis, a Colorado ski maker specializing in bamboo. I tried the Variant 87 and now own a pair. The “87” indicates the width of the ski under the boot, considerably narrower than[Read More…]

by April 27, 2017 5 comments Short Swings!
Correspondent Suzie Winthrop found fresh powder every day.  Can you see the smile on her face?
Credit: Steve Shannon

Suzie In The Selkirks

Run After Run Of Perfect Powder For Five Straight Days. Snowcat Skiing At Its Best. Do you dream of skiing in untracked powder?  Of course! We all do!  And most of us get one or two runs at resorts that offer “fresh tracks” early in the morning before the snow cats groom the trails. But soon you’re plowing through broken snow[Read More…]

by April 25, 2017 1 comment Destinations, International
Skiing 1,241 Ski Areas Around the World

Skiing 1,241 Ski Areas Around the World

Everywhere There’s Snow. (And Some Places Where There Isn’t.) You can’t have a favorite place until you’ve seen them all. That seemed reasonable to me, so when I started skiing back in 1973, I wanted to favor new locations over ones that I had already skied. My general plan is to fly somewhere, rent a car and stay in a centrally[Read More…]

by April 24, 2017 4 comments Destinations
What's in a name? A few resorts create a theme for trail names. Memorable. Cutesy. Provocative (?)
Credit: Don Burch

How Do Ski Trails Get Their Names?

Themes That Pick Up The Resort Name Can Be Catchy And Easy To Remember. Sometimes trail names are descriptive (Easy Mile at Suicide Six), sometimes they are a tribute (Thanks Walt at Mt Snow for its founder Walter Schoenknecht), sometimes they’re humorous (True Grit and No Grit at Waterville Valley), sometimes sensational (Widowmaker at Sugarloaf and Snowshoe) and at several mountains[Read More…]

by April 24, 2017 5 comments East
Putting XC Skis Away

Putting XC Skis Away

Nine Steps For Maintaining Your XC Equipment. [Editor Note: SeniorsSkiing.com thanks Roger Lohr of XCSkiResorts.com and Andy Gerlach of SkiPost.com and StartSkiWax for this article.] The winter and snow cover are leaving us, so what do we do with your xc ski equipment? 1) Cleaning: Use wax remover and Fiber wipe, a chamois-like cloth, to clean the kick zone and[Read More…]

by April 24, 2017 0 comments Skis
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
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

People I’ve met love the Mountain Collective Pass For those prepared to travel, it’s a no-brainer. Two day passes at any number of well-known ski resorts for $399. I purchased one a few weeks ago for next season and quickly encountered the dark side of this attractive product: weak Customer Support. I made the non-refundable purchase and was then prompted[Read More…]

by April 20, 2017 0 comments Other News, Short Swings!
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Alta’s GM Onno Wieringa Retires

He’s Loved And Will Be Missed. Onno Wieringa has a passion for snow and for the soul of Alta. They have been his love and his career for 45 years. He arrived at Alta Ski Area in 1972 and landed a job as ski patroller. That was his day job. At night, he was a bartender at Rustler Lodge. After[Read More…]

by April 20, 2017 1 comment West
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 12 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 8 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
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

It may be the end of the season, but now is when next year’s equipment is evaluated. Bootfitters from around the nation converged this week on Mt Bachelor to test next season’s crop of boots. MasterFit organizes the unique annual event, and in the past, the knowledge gathered there was the basis of the annual boot review features in Ski[Read More…]

by April 13, 2017 0 comments Home Top Box 1, Short Swings!
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

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