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We’re Back!

We’re Back!

As you may know by now, seniorsskiing.com founder Jon Weisberg passed away suddenly a few months ago and will be sorely missed for his love of winter sports and his importance to the industry. Let me introduce myself as the new publisher.  Some of you already know me from my work with the 70+ Ski Club, which was founded by my grandfather[Read More…]

by October 19, 2022 36 comments Other News, Features, Home Top Box 1
The Skiing Weatherman November 25, 2022

The Skiing Weatherman November 25, 2022

By the time you read this you may have already made your first turns in the new season.  Mother Nature has been generous with cold and natural snow from coast to coast, with the West favored in late October and early November and then the Midwest and East over the past couple of weeks.  The East is where I am[Read More…]

by November 25, 2022 4 comments Other News, Skiing Weatherman
How Okemo saved Thanksgiving

How Okemo saved Thanksgiving

“Quick. Look over there. Do you see what I see?” The fog was as heavy as a wet blanket. I’d already been driving for 3 hours and most of it was in the pea soup as I headed north up the Connecticut River Valley. High beams were too much. Low beams weren’t enough. Just stay on the road. Destination: Killington,[Read More…]

by November 24, 2022 8 comments Other News
At Some Ski Areas, the Flavor Really Lasts

At Some Ski Areas, the Flavor Really Lasts

A rag-tag snowboarder with a ratty-looking mop of hair held the door open for me. Then he graciously acknowledged my thank you. A staff wearing a headband with jiggling Thanksgiving drumsticks raced by to check on something. I burst out laughing. A lodge cleaner guy pushing a vacuum around the locker room looked up to cheerily wish: “Happy Thanksgiving and[Read More…]

by November 24, 2022 4 comments Other News
Skiing History Magazine

Skiing History Magazine

The Herminator Turns 50, Collecting Books and a US Ski Team Reunion The November-December issue of Skiing History magazine is on press, but you can read it now, online. The Herminator Turns 50: Top story comes from Patrick Lang, who recently retired after a lifetime covering the Alpine World Cup circuit. Patrick summarizes the career and bucolic retirement of Hermann[Read More…]

by November 21, 2022 0 comments Other News
New Parking Policies and Prices at Utah Resorts

New Parking Policies and Prices at Utah Resorts

The good news is that several ski/snowboard resorts in Utah have increased parking spaces, paved lots, preferred close-in parking for vehicles with three or more passengers, and added shuttles from outlying lots to the base area. The bad news is that parking is likely to cost you more this season. Here are the new parking policies and prices in Utah.  But[Read More…]

by November 18, 2022 4 comments Other News
What’s New for the 2022/2023 Season – Idaho Edition

What’s New for the 2022/2023 Season – Idaho Edition

With the La Niña weather pattern developing thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean for the third consecutive winter, the Northwest should expect a cold, wet winter with heavy mountain snow. That means another great ski and snowboard season in Idaho. It’s not just the snow – for the first time in history, SKI Magazine named three Ski Idaho[Read More…]

by November 9, 2022 6 comments West, Other News
Massanutten Resort

What’s New for the 2022-23 Season—Southeastern Edition 

Terrain expansions and technology upgrades are routine at the seventeen ski resorts south of the Mason-Dixon Line. This year, that trend continues. Here’s what’s new for the 2022/2023 season in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Virginia – Massanutten – 2022-23 marks the 50th year of skiing inside the “Kettle” bowl of Shenandoah Valley landmark Massanutten Mountain. In 1990, the[Read More…]

by November 9, 2022 4 comments Other News, East
Alaska Airlines Offers a Monthly Subscription for Flights to SLC

Alaska Airlines Offers a Monthly Subscription for Flights to SLC

Alaska Airlines, the only U.S. airline to offer a pay-by-month flight subscription service, is expanding its popular program to Salt Lake City less than a year after its launch. Just in time for ski/snowboard season, subscribers to Flight Pass can fly between Salt Lake City and San Francisco or San Diego, in addition to 18 other routes throughout California and select cities in Nevada,  Arizona and now Utah. The[Read More…]

by November 9, 2022 2 comments Other News
Harriet and Alison at Alta by Peak Photo

When an Avid Skier Faces a Life Threatening Challenge: a Perspective

Aging comes with health issues — sometimes life-threatening health issues. Body parts wear out and disease happens. I often jest that it would take five or six seniors to have enough good parts to assemble one complete person.  But in spite of fused spines, mechanical joints, heart stints and disease, we ski.  We ski for the fresh air, the whole[Read More…]

by November 9, 2022 27 comments Other News
Photo by Kipras Štreimikis on Unsplash

How to Select Your Next Pair of Skis

by November 9, 2022 21 comments Other News, Gear, Skis
What’s New for the 2022/2023 Season – Quebec Edition

What’s New for the 2022/2023 Season – Quebec Edition

Fall and cooler weather are giving antsy legs to all skiers, snowboarders, as well as all other winter lovers. Here’s what’s new this season, north of the border in the province of Quebec, by region, including several important resort anniversaries. Bas-Saint-Laurent Parc du Mont-Saint-Mathieu has expanded its snow park, and snowmaking improvements will allow both earlier and later season access to an[Read More…]

by November 2, 2022 4 comments Other News, International
XC in Mont Tremblant Canada

XC in Mont Tremblant Canada

Mont Tremblant is a major alpine ski resort just north of Montreal, part of the vast Alterra Mountain Company menu of ski areas, which includes Steamboat, Winter Park, Mammoth Mountain, Deer Valley, Stratton, Sugarbush. Therefore it’s part of the Ikon Pass system.   Though it’s well-known to Eastern Canadians, cross country skiing around Mont Tremblant isn’t quite the clichéd “hidden gem” for Nordic[Read More…]

by November 2, 2022 3 comments Other News, International
Photo Credit: Stratton Mountain Resort

What’s New For the 2022/23 Season – Eastern Edition

It’s time to check your goggles and helmet for wear and tear, shake your packed-up down jackets back to life and try on your ski or snowboard pants to make sure they still fit well enough to let you bend down and fasten your boots. Here’s a short swing through what’s new at resorts in the Northeast. New York State[Read More…]

by October 15, 2022 19 comments Destinations, East, Home Top Box 2
Photo Credit: Praxis Skis

What’s New for the 2022/23 Season – Western Edition

As always, resorts were busy over the summer replacing lifts and improving or adding terrain. Here’s a quick rundown to whet your appetite of what’s new and noteworthy in several states West of the Mississippi. In alphabetical order, by state –  California Palisades Tahoe – For a second season under its new name, there’s a brand new Base-to-Base gondola. It connects[Read More…]

by October 13, 2022 16 comments Destinations, West, Home Top Box 3
What’s New This Ski/Snowboard Season – Utah Edition

What’s New This Ski/Snowboard Season – Utah Edition

So many resorts, most of them within 45 minutes of the Salt Lake City airport.  And so many new lifts, trams, on-mountain dining, and more, this season. Here’s a short swing around what’s new and notable on the snow in Utah, in alphabetical order, since that’s the only fair way: Alta Ski Area – The Sunnyside fixed-grip triple has been[Read More…]

by October 13, 2022 1 comment West, Other News, Destinations
To Do List Before First Tracks of the Season

To Do List Before First Tracks of the Season

Buy a Back-Up Pass Even you already have your perfect Ikon, Epic or Mountain Collective pass, it’s worth checking out resort-specific and regional passes to give you extra days.  I’m an Ikon guy because I ski a lot at Stratton in VT and Snowbird UT.  But this season, I also got an Epic Northeast pass.  Why?  Because Epic offers a[Read More…]

by October 12, 2022 8 comments Other News, Home Top Box 4
Better Quality Skiing

Better Quality Skiing

Jean Claude Killy, one of the greatest ski racers of all time, reminded us that “skiing is always a trip to the edge of what is possible. But it is not an obligation – we don’t have to improve if we don’t want to; skiing should always be a pleasure. It’s in our nature that only a small percentage really[Read More…]

by October 10, 2022 9 comments Other News, Technique
Comfortable going along the river behind the Woodstock Inn. Credit: XCSkiResorts.com

INDY XC PASS – The National Ski Pass For XC Skiers

Most dedicated winter sports enthusiasts are familiar with the major season passes such as Epic, Ikon, Mountain Collective and Indy Pass, among others. So far, these multi-ski area passes have been geared toward Alpine skiing and snowboarding. Not anymore! Make way for a new season pass specifically for cross country (XC) skiing and a deal that highlights XC skiing for[Read More…]

by October 10, 2022 1 comment Other News
How to Get Fit for Ski Season

How to Get Fit for Ski Season

Originally published in the 2020-21 Masterfit Buyer’s Guide Getting fit for ski season doesn’t take a fancy gym membership. What it does take is general cardio training– biking, hiking, running, or even vigorous walking–with some specific strength training that will improve your performance on snow. Just ask Tyler White, who runs iSport, a training facility at Killington that’s a branch[Read More…]

by October 1, 2022 5 comments Conditioning, Other News
Where did you stow those boots?  Keep looking, they must be hanging around somewhere.
Credit: Don Burch

Getting Ready For The New Season

Tongue-In-Cheek Tips For Dusting Off All Your Stuff…And You. You know it’s time to get ready for skiing when leaves are falling and there have been snow flurries in the mountains. You’ve started having ski dreams, and everyday you check SeniorSkiing .com (and your other favorite ski sites) for new postings. Here’s what you need to do: Get in shape.[Read More…]

by October 1, 2022 6 comments Gear
Keep Your Gear In Shape

Keep Your Gear In Shape

Originally published in the 2020-21 Masterfit Buyer’s Guide and realskiers.com How long your gear remains in tiptop condition depends entirely on how well it’s maintained. At least once a season, it’s good to get skis tuned by a specialty shop, where tuning machines can reproduce a factory finish on the skis so they perform like new. Here are some tips[Read More…]

by April 14, 2022 2 comments Boots, Skis
Here’s How to Store Ski Gear and Clothes for the Off-Season

Here’s How to Store Ski Gear and Clothes for the Off-Season

[Editor’s Note: We’ve published Don Burch’s article on storing gear in the past.  It’s an excellent reminder that a little care goes a long way.] Hopefully your ski equipment has taken good care of you all winter. It’s time for you to return the favor. Some simple steps now can save you the frustration of rusty edges, musty clothing and[Read More…]

by April 14, 2022 6 comments Skis, Home Top Box 3, Other News, Gear, Boots
Season Ending: The Last Perfect Turn

Season Ending: The Last Perfect Turn

The last turn of the last run on any ski day is a bittersweet moment.  If it’s the last day of the trip, it is sad, if not melancholic. As I come down the mountain on what will be my last run of the day, I go through the same routine.  Partly because I am tired, partly because the beginner[Read More…]

by April 14, 2022 5 comments Other News, Home Top Box 4
Mike Roth’s Take on Spring Rituals

Mike Roth’s Take on Spring Rituals

As demonstrated throughout the season, Mike Roth is a master at capturing those funny and fearful moments on skis. Here he combines several end-of-season rituals in one cartoon: the pond skim; the shorts; the funny costume, can of beer in one hand; BBQ fork in the other…all centered on one gnarly senior skier. Thanks, Mike!!!!

by April 14, 2022 0 comments Other News