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This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Dec. 6)

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Dec. 6)

There Is A LOT Of Snow Out There. Have You Made Your First Run? It has started. It’s official. It’s on. Go. 2019-2020 is happening. Now. We are watching the post-Thanksgiving double-whammy snow storm fall here in New England and contemplating getting out on our xc skis this morning. We know our local ski shop has been jammed this whole[Read More…]

by December 6, 2019 2 comments Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Growing up in Troy, N.Y., my friends and I often rode our bikes to Oakwood Cemetery, where we’d visit the tombstone of Samuel Wilson, aka Uncle Sam. One cold day, a pond had frozen in a way I never forgot and never saw again. For some reason, the ice had formed thousands of vertical tubes.  Oddities like this happen throughout[Read More…]

by December 6, 2019 2 comments Short Swings!
Incidents And Accidents:3

Incidents And Accidents:3

Confronting The Offender. [Editor note: SeniorsSkiing.com is collecting stories from readers about incidents and accidents that they have experienced. We intend to review these for patterns and themes and use that data to influence the safety policies of resorts and other stakeholders. The following is the second article submitted by a reader in our new feature “Incidents and Accidents”. If[Read More…]

by December 4, 2019 10 comments Incidents and Accidents
First Turn, Icy Snow Advice

First Turn, Icy Snow Advice

Instructor Pat McCloskey Recommends An Approach To Early Days. I had an interesting discussion with my lift mate this weekend at our local ski area.  I asked the fellow beside me how his day was going. He remarked, “Well, the hill is fighting me back a little today.”  I chuckled because the guy was a certified PSIA instructor but was[Read More…]

by December 4, 2019 1 comment Features
My First Run

My First Run

Do You Have A Plan For Your Debut? Marc Does. My favorite condition for my first run on my first day of skiing on any trip is freshly raked frozen granular.  Why?  Because I can feel the edges of the ski carve in the snow. Early enough in the season, even if one skis out west, you’ll see more hard[Read More…]

by December 4, 2019 2 comments Features
Mystery Glimpse: Racer R.

Mystery Glimpse: Racer R.

This Is A Challenge. Hints Below. He was on Bob Beattie’s 1964 US Ski Team. He later worked for Head Ski and Lange Boots. Do you know who he is? Put your guess in the comment box below. Last Week Thanks to ski correspondent Dave Irons for supplying last week’s picture and this description: “John and Joe Luc Roy Jr.[Read More…]

by December 4, 2019 8 comments Mystery Glimpse
Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo Highlights

Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo Highlights

Didn’t Make It This year? Here’s A Snapshot Of The Show. Correspondent Don Burch covered the recent Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo at the World Trade Center. It’s the last year the show will be held at this venue and it’s also the last year it will be produced by Bernie Weichsel and BEWI. Next year, SIA takes over.

by December 4, 2019 2 comments East
Skiing Weatherman: Regional Outlooks

Skiing Weatherman: Regional Outlooks

By the time this piece is posted, I will have enjoyed my first turns of this season, at Jiminy Peak in the Berkshires.  The skiing should be superb after more than two feet of new snow from the early week storm.  It was a slow mover and got stretched out from west to east due to a blocking pattern to[Read More…]

by December 3, 2019 0 comments Features
Monster Traffic Jams Overwhelm Canyon Roads At Four Salt Lake Resorts Last Winter

Monster Traffic Jams Overwhelm Canyon Roads At Four Salt Lake Resorts Last Winter

Big Changes Are Underway This Season. Will They Help Solve The Problem? Flashback To Last Winter Bumper to bumper traffic creeps up Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons toward Alta and Snowbird, Brighton, and Solitude. But resort parking lots are already full. It’s mid-morning on a typical weekend. Rabid skiers ignore the parkies. And they ignore One Way signs. They drive[Read More…]

by December 2, 2019 3 comments Features
Snow In Literature: Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

Snow In Literature: Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

By Robert Frost Whose woods these are I think I know.His house is in the village though;He will not see me stopping hereTo watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must think it queerTo stop without a farmhouse nearBetween the woods and frozen lakeThe darkest evening of the year. He gives his harness bells a shakeTo ask[Read More…]

by December 2, 2019 6 comments Nostalgia
Happy Thanksgiving From SeniorsSkiing.com!

Happy Thanksgiving From SeniorsSkiing.com!

SeniorsSkiing.com is taking the holiday week off to spend time with family and friends. We are definitely thankful for our diverse and engaged readers who continue to inspire us with their insights and resolute allegiance to snow sports of all kinds. We are also thankful for our talented correspondents who have offered ideas, creativity, coverage that resonates with our readers.[Read More…]

by November 26, 2019 12 comments Features
This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Nov. 22)

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Nov. 22)

DIN You Know?, Incidents And Accidents 2, XC Stereotypes, Skier Code Review, First T-Bar Pic. We dropped our skis and new boots off at the Sports Stop in Wenham, MA, the other day. We wanted to make sure our new boots and bindings worked in harmony. And to generally slick up the skis for the season. Imagine our surprise when[Read More…]

by November 22, 2019 13 comments Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Uphill Without a Lift? In this age of technological disruption, it’s time to consider the growing number of alternatives to rope tows, chairlifts, gondolas and trams. Self Powered Starting at the most basic level, there’s the growing practice of uphilling, the use of skins on skis to help the more fit and energetic work their way up. Long a European[Read More…]

by November 22, 2019 2 comments Short Swings!
Incidents And Accidents: 2

Incidents And Accidents: 2

Accidents Can Be Self-Inflicted, Too. [Editor note: SeniorsSkiing.com is collecting stories from readers about incidents and accidents that they have experienced. We intend to review these for patterns and themes and use that data to influence the safety policies of resorts and other stakeholders. The following is the second article submitted by a reader in our new feature “Incidents and[Read More…]

by November 20, 2019 9 comments Incidents and Accidents
Changing XC Skiing Stereotypes

Changing XC Skiing Stereotypes

“Aren’t Groomed Trails Free?” There are at least three unfortunate stereotypes that are really important to the cross country ski world: “If you can walk, you can cross country ski” “Oh, it looks like so much work!” “It’s free, right?” Meaning: Well, I heard it was free, so I expect it to be free. Okay, a lot of cross country[Read More…]

by November 20, 2019 5 comments Features

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