Cycling Series Begins, Ski Video Compilation, Survey Comments, Publishing Schedule News.

Night skiing under the North Lights. See the compilation video in this week’s edition.
Credit: Good Time With Rider

This week, you can see that we are shifting focus to summer activities.  We know our readers are also cyclers, hikers, kayakers, and to a lesser extent, golfers and fishermen.  With that in mind, here’s the first of our cycling series for this season.

Correspondent Pat McCloskey tells us about his early season mountain bike ride in Happy Valley in Central Pennsylvania. If you’re into mountain biking, you can appreciate Pat’s challenge in keeping up with a bunch of younger spinners who climb gnarly, rugged, rock-strewn trails with vigor.

Roger Lohr, publisher of XCSkiResorts.com, reports on an adaptive bike program in Vermont that will host vets and people with disabilities all summer long in different locations. If you are in the area, you might want to check in and see if you can help out.

Trails at Rothrock require some technical skills.
Credit: Pat McCloskey

Finally, we have a compilation video depicting skiing from all ends of the spectrum, from silly and zany to serious and thrilling.  It’s a tribute to the unbeatable 2016 season and worth a four-minute view.

We are compiling our list of Trail Masters, those readers who have “skied their age” this past season.  We have an amazing list of over 150 names to vet and are getting it ready for publication soon.

Speaking of our survey, we want to respond to some comments that seem to have come up frequently, based on a scan of the data. This is not a thorough analysis, just a quick hit:

  1. Our readers want us to provide information on discounts and lobby ski resorts for additional price breaks for seniors. Roger that and will continue to do even more.
  2. You want to connect with other senior skiers.  We hear that loud and clear.  First step, go to COMMUNITY in the top menu, scroll down to Find Ski Buddies With NSCF, which is the National Ski Council Federation, an umbrella organization for ski clubs in the US, and find a club near you. Then, check out 70+ Ski Club, one of our fantastic advertisers.  Also add a comment in our FORUM under the COMMUNITY menu.
  3. Many comments revolve around reporting on resorts.  Our correspondents will be fanning out next season to add even more Resort Reviews to our collection.  By the way, we welcome contributions from our readers.  Let us know what you have in mind, and we’ll send our submission guidelines.
  4. Video submissions: You want to see them from other seniors, and so do we.  Please send our clips.  Keep them short, 3-4 minutes.  We started a collection, have only two on the site, and we welcome more. If you post them on Youtube, it is an easy pick up for us.
  5. Lessons, technique, skills.  You want advice for seniors on adapting to changing abilities. We will take that on board as a to-do for next season.

There’s much more, of course.  We will analyze and learn from your valuable comments.

One comment did get to us in a very good way.  One of you wrote, “You’re on a significantly important mission by providing an excellent quality read.” Tears in eye, man.  Thanks.

Finally, our readers are still vexed with the problem of having to re-enter email addresses. Here is how to resolve this problem:

If you are being asked to re-enter your email to confirm your subscription to SeniorsSkiing.com, you might be a bit annoyed.  We don’t blame you, but there is an explanation.

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Finally, finally, we are considering changing our publishing schedule from weekly to bi-weekly for the summer months.  The new schedule will start at the beginning of June.

Once again, thanks for reading SeniorsSkiing.com, tell your friends, and remember, there are more of us every day, and we aren’t going away.

 

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