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This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Dec. 14)

Open The Archives, Technique, Mystery Glimpse, Gift Ideas With Serious Discounts For Readers. SeniorsSkiing.com’s fifth anniversary year has caused us to reflect back on the articles that have appeared on these virtual pages. Incredibly to us, we have posted almost 1,000 articles from professional journalists, ski business people, freelancers, readers, contributors-from-out-of-the-blue, and correspondents. Our archives is an amazing collection of[Read More…]

by December 14, 2018 1 comment Features
Jon's surprise birthday cake.

Piece of Cake

Here’s a picture of the birthday cake that, along with a lot of other things, surprised me last weekend. The side you don’t see had pine trees around the bottom. Looked good and tasted delicious. If you have a ski-related cake or other confection you’d like to share with the SeniorsSkiing.com community, send a picture to jon@seniorsskiing.com or mike@seniorsskiing.com.

by December 13, 2018 2 comments Home Top Box 1
Note forward ankle bend. Credit: "32 Degrees"

Technique: The One Team Concept

No Matter What You Are Sliding On, Basic Athletic Principles Apply. When I was a boy, my dad knew a woman who was a former USGA Senior Amateur Champion from South Carolina named Carol Cudone.  She constantly reminded my dad to finish his golf swing with his “belly button to the ball.” Ultimately she was trying to get my dad[Read More…]

by December 12, 2018 2 comments Features
Credit: Colorado Snowsports Museum

Mystery Glimpse: What’s This Thingy?

Hint: It’s Government Issue. Thanks again to the Colorado Snowsports Museum in Vail, CO, for contributing this photo to our series. A special shout-out to curator Dana Mathios for picking some interesting relics and for providing answers to the “glimpse”. The collection at the Colorado Snowsports Museum tells the story of the explosive rise of skiing in the Colorado Rockies,[Read More…]

by December 11, 2018 6 comments Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Are older skiers and boarders invisible to the people making business decisions about skiing? Unless, you’re a marketer selling reverse mortgages, extended care facilities, pharmaceuticals, or walk-in bathtubs, most companies ignore our market segment. In the world of skiing corporate ski area consolidators are eliminating senior discounts, and ski makers haven’t bothered to present a product designed and presented for[Read More…]

by December 11, 2018 15 comments Short Swings!
Holiday Gifts For Senior Skiers

Holiday Gifts For Senior Skiers

If you’re still looking for something different and/or special for older snow enthusiasts, the following suggestions are discounted for SeniorsSkiing.com followers and can be ordered online. APEX Boot System is offering 20% off retail for SeniorsSkiing.com readers. This is the boot many olderskiers are talking about. It’s a good performer, comfortable, and let’s you walk with ease. No issues getting[Read More…]

by December 11, 2018 1 comment Other News
Gene Hackman and Robert Redford in "Downhill Racer" (1969). This heart throb loved to ski.

Guest Ski Tester

SKI Magazine Ski Testers Meet The Sundance Kid. Back in the early ‘70s, SKI Magazine (remember it?) developed a program called SKIpp that stood for “ski performance prediction” developed by the late John Perryman. He was a talented engineer who spent years in aerospace and worked with Howard Head at Head Ski Company. SKIpp had two parts, the laboratory analysis[Read More…]

by December 10, 2018 3 comments Remember When?
Turning off traction control to see how the Big Red Truck behaves. Credit: Martin Griff

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Dec. 7)

Weather Factoids, Driving School, PA Trail Names, Utah Poet, Special Birthday For Klaus. Busy week here at SeniorsSkiing.com.  We attended the Northeast Winter Weather Summit at Stratton Mountain, VT, and met with meteorologists, ski resort operators, and lots of journalists to discuss matters of mutual interest.  And we picked up some amazing fun facts from hanging around with some weather[Read More…]

by December 7, 2018 1 comment Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Twenty-seven thousand, three hundred and ninety-four days. Exactly, nine hundred months. On Wednesday I turned 75. For all but the first nine years, skiing has been my passion. Two things about me contribute to this craziness: I love being outside in the cold, and what I lack in athleticism, I’ve made up for with persistence. In Okemo’s early days, when[Read More…]

by December 7, 2018 2 comments Short Swings!
Turning off traction control to see how the Big Red Truck behaves. Credit: Martin Griff

Winter Driving: Where’s Your Car’s TC Button?

An Eye-Opening Lesson From Team O’Neil Rally School About Spinning Tires And Traction Control In Snow. At this past week’s Northeast Winter Weather Summit held at Stratton Mountain, VT., we had a chance to do some driving, spinning, skidding, and generally driving like a cowboy home from the range on a controlled, enclosed test area with mixed conditions: gravel, ice,[Read More…]

by December 6, 2018 5 comments Features
Credit: Mike Roth

Trail Name Series: Doc Dempsey’s

A Wonderful Cartoon From Mike Roth, Ski Journalist From Albany. Mike writes and draws cartoons for the Albany Times-Union Ski Blog. This one is about Smuggler’s Notch’s Doc Dempsey’s run.

by December 6, 2018 0 comments East
See if you can spot Draufganger on Big Boulder's Trail Map.

Trail Name Series: Pennsylvania

Extrovert, Powder Puff, and The Elevator Spend a little time looking at resort maps and you’re sure to find some attention-grabbing trail names. When I looked at Pennsylvania resorts I found some beauties. Powder Puff and The Elevator at Jack Frost along with Extrovert at Blue Knob topped the list. Among the best is High Hopes also at Blue Knob.[Read More…]

by December 5, 2018 2 comments East
Alta. Credit: SkiUtah

Snow In Literature: Lesson #1

Utah Poet Offers Instruction And Advice For Beginners In Sonnet. The following loosely-rhymed sonnet is by Utah skier and writer Emma Lou Thayne (1924-2014). It appeared in her 1971 book Spaces in the Sage and was once printed on a ski poster sent nationwide to advertise Utah’s “Greatest Snow on Earth.” Thayne earned a master’s degree in creative writing from[Read More…]

by December 5, 2018 1 comment Nostalgia
Mystery Glimpse: Flying Racer

Mystery Glimpse: Flying Racer

Who Is The Airborne Skier? What’s His Story? Do You Know His Hometown? This week, we made the Mystery Glimpse a little more challenging.  Name this high flyer.  Tell us about him and (hint) how he met his unfortunate and untimely end. Okay that’s hard. Here’s another one of this celebrated personage. These photos come from the collection of the[Read More…]

by December 5, 2018 11 comments Features
Klaus Obermeyer

Klaus Obermeyer Turns 99

Klaus Obermeyer, the legendary skier and innovator, whose eponymous ski clothing brand is found almost everywhere, recently has his 99th birthday. The following interview with Klaus appeared in SeniorsSkiing.com, January 27, 2017: “It’s Easier To Ski Than To Walk.” Klaus Obermeyer is a skiing legend and innovator. The 97 year old founded Sport Obermeyer Ltdbased on insights about ski wear[Read More…]

by December 4, 2018 3 comments Snow Sports Leaders

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