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Still turning at Killington with one week to go. Credit: Aspen East Ski Shop

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (May 18)

Survey Results: Summer Activities, Summer Trail Prep, Sacropenia Defense. We are in high spring, as it were, as of this writing, and yet they are still squeezing out runs in Killington, VT, and will be until the end of May. Here’s a pic from last weekend from Aspen East Ski Shop’s Facebook page. And also at Killington, Scott Howard, (65)[Read More…]

by May 18, 2018 0 comments Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Are older skiers the Rodney Dangerfields of the slopes? Sometimes it feels like ski resorts show us no respect. Consider that there are no Epic or Ikon senior discounts, and, in the case of some Ikon resorts, there no longer are local season passes and the senior discounts associated with them. Some of the big players are doing very well.[Read More…]

by May 17, 2018 6 comments Other News
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Skiing Grandparents Play Major Role Introducing Grandkids to Winter Sports

Grandparents who ski or board play a major role introducing their grandchildren to the sport. This is one of several significant findings from the April reader survey. It was the fifth SeniorsSkiing.com reader survey, and it produced the largest reader response to date. Fifty-eight percent of respondents identified as grandparents. The introduced more than 68% of their grandchildren to the[Read More…]

by May 16, 2018 5 comments Other News
Summer Trail Prep: How It’s Done

Summer Trail Prep: How It’s Done

What Happens When the Snow Disappears Along With The Crowds? Bet you’ve never thought about how your favorite ski runs get cared for when there’s no snow on the ground. Yes, they have to be prepped each summer. Seth Worthen, slopes manager at Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia, Canada, explained how his 11 person trail crew works. And it’s[Read More…]

by May 15, 2018 1 comment West
Don't be old-fashioned about getting fit.  Rose Marie Cleese finds high-quality sites to check out.

Sarcopenia: Insidious Muscle Loss Can Be Managed.

It Can Happen, But Don’t Despair.  Read On. Sarcopenia or muscle wasting is a condition which affects almost everyone starting about 50 years of age.  Do you have it?  Look in the mirror: Your once proud biceps and pectorals have sagged, your pants are falling down, no more butt, your legs look skinny. What looks like loose skin is really[Read More…]

by May 14, 2018 2 comments Conditioning
John Henry Auran, journalist, raconteur, skier, sailor, innovator, enthusiast.

John Henry Auran: Ski Journalist Extraordinaire, Dies At 90

The Creative, Intense, Funny, Unique Journalist Will Be Remembered As One-Of-A-Kind. Ski journalist John Henry Auran was the kind of person you could never forget. I worked for John Henry, or JHA, as he was known to some, in the early 70s at SKIING Magazine, then located at One Park Avenue in New York City. Despite different life paths since[Read More…]

by April 30, 2018 9 comments Ski Heroes
Killington is still open. Also Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Wildcat, Jay Peak, Okemo, Mt. Snow, Sugarbush. May is possible! Credit: Jamie Frankel

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (April 20)

Discount Reminders, Season Thanks, Washing Down, Stowing Gear, Abandoned Ski Area Movie, -30- This amazing season hangs on. Even as we write this on April 19 snow is falling in New England, in fact, right outside our window on Boston’s North Shore. We know that the Sierras and Rockies are also seeing spring snowfalls. It will be the last weekend[Read More…]

by April 20, 2018 0 comments Features
Leaving Peek A Boo slot canyon.

Short Swings!

The Kindness of (Young) Strangers Last weekend Pam and I went canyoneering in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the vast expanse of public land between Capitol Reef National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Canyoneering may not be the correct term, as it generally describes the exploration of remote canyons requiring technical equipment and skills. Our destination was two popular slot[Read More…]

by April 19, 2018 1 comment Short Swings!
Mystery Glimpse: First US Winter Olympic Medalist Was A Ski Jumper

Mystery Glimpse: First US Winter Olympic Medalist Was A Ski Jumper

Only Two Guesses, One Was Correct. Apparently, our last Mystery Glimpse of the season was fairly esoteric. We salute reader Patricia Gottshalk for identifying Anders Olsen Haugen, the US Ski Team member who was the first American to win a Winter Olympics medal. He won medals in the 1924 Olympics in Chamonix and the 1928 games in St. Moritz. In[Read More…]

by April 18, 2018 2 comments Features
Are your skis still in the bag by the furnace where you left them after your last ski day? Hmmmm.
Credit: Mike Maginn

Putting Away Your Skis And Stuff

It Pays To Spend A Little Extra Effort On Your Gear. Here’s How. [Editor Note: Don Burch’s article on storing your gear was published last year around this time.  We are reprising it to help remind you that a little care for your stuff goes a long way.] Hopefully your ski equipment has taken good care of you all winter,[Read More…]

by April 18, 2018 17 comments Gear
How To Wash Your Down Jacket At Home

How To Wash Your Down Jacket At Home

Season’s Over; Isn’t It About Time You Get That Puffy Back To Clean? Not only are your season-dirty down jackets, vests, and even sleeping bag dirty and smelly, if you left them that way, they would lose their heat-insulating properties. It is easy to destroy your down gear if you don’t follow some basic rules when washing them at home.[Read More…]

by April 17, 2018 1 comment Gear
Spring in Appleton Farms, Ipswich, MA. Credit: Mike Maginn

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (April 13)

Looking Back, Mystery Glimpse, Spring XC Skiing, Riding With The Cats. It’s hard not to get a bit philosophical at the end of a season. And yes, we know that there are those who are still finding newly fallen snow out there, but we are done. Highlights for us: We re-discovered our interest in ski history, launching the Mystery Glimpse[Read More…]

by April 13, 2018 0 comments Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

IKON changed its Mammoth Mountain benefits package. Purchasers of the $599 Ikon Base Pass now have full access with the exception of certain blackout dates. When originally offered, full access (no blackouts) was available only with the $899 Ikon Pass. Purchasers of the $599 Base Pass were entitled to 5 days at Mammoth. Alterra, the resort company offering the IKON[Read More…]

by April 12, 2018 2 comments Short Swings!
Mystery Glimpse: He Was The First

Mystery Glimpse: He Was The First

This Well-Dressed Athlete Was The First Of Many. Thanks to the Colorado Ski And Snowboard Museum for sending this picture along. We’re reaching deep here, dear readers, and if you can get this one, we will be really impressed.  Who is he and what did he do that gave him a place in ski history? Last Week This is a[Read More…]

by April 12, 2018 4 comments Ski History
Spring cross country skiing can be found in high country and xc resorts. Credit: Mike Maginn

XC Skiing In The Spring Is The BEST!

Even In Mid-April You Can XC Ski; You Just Have To Find The Snow. As the cross country (XC) ski season winds down, most XC ski areas close because of lack of skiers rather than lack of snow on the trails. The sun comes out, the temperature rises, and the XC skiers quit. Why? Are we infected with winter fatigue?[Read More…]

by April 12, 2018 0 comments Destinations

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