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Drumrolllll…2017-18 Trail Masters (all 106 of them) Announced

Drumrolllll…2017-18 Trail Masters (all 106 of them) Announced

Trail Masters are those SeniorsSkiing.com subscribers who reported that the number of days they played in the snow (ski/board/shoe) last season met or exceeded their number of years. For the 2017-18 season,106 people self-qualified. The season before, 77 Trail Masters were named, and in 2016-17, when the program launched, there were 42. Some readers have commented that the program favors[Read More…]

by October 17, 2018 0 comments TRAIL MASTERS
Two Reasonably Priced Gifts That Solve Getting Ski Boots Off and On

Two Reasonably Priced Gifts That Solve Getting Ski Boots Off and On

Other than warmth and comfort, the two big boot issues as we age are getting them on in the morning and off at the end of the day. If your home is slopeside, it may not be so much of a problem, but for those of us who boot up or off in lodge or lot, it can be a struggle.[Read More…]

by October 15, 2018 0 comments Gear, Other News
Dog Sled rides with Mountain Man Adventures. Credit: Sun Peaks Resort.

Dog-Sledding Is Another Snow Activity: Don’t Say Mush!

Other Things To Do In Winter For Seniors (Part 2): On You Huskies. Ok, nobody says mush. Nobody, outside of maybe movies, has EVER said mush, though the folks who drive sleds are often called mushers. Mostly, people who run dogsleds just say, “Go!” And the dogs aren’t those black and white Siberian Huskies people expect. Your average sled dog[Read More…]

by October 15, 2018 0 comments Features
Pat's ski collection from narrow to wide underfoot dimensions. Credit: Pat McCloskey

In Your Quiver

Do You Know What Underfoot Measurement Is Best For Your Kind Of Skiing? One of the hardest questions a seasoned skier has to answer is when someone new to skiing or maybe even a friend says, “So what kind of ski should I be on this year?”  Really a tough question to answer without delving into particulars like, athleticism, age,[Read More…]

by October 15, 2018 0 comments Skis
This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Oct. 12)

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Oct. 12)

Warren Miller Film Tour, Other Things To Do Series Starts, Flat Light Polka. It is October and our natural, built-in annual calendar says it’s time for a Warren Miller flick to remind us how graceful, funny, and exhilarating snow sports can be. As long as we can remember, the official pre-start of the snow season has been the viewing of[Read More…]

by October 12, 2018 0 comments Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

I rode a chair last season with a couple who got upset when they saw a dead porcupine on the trail below. They “knew” the animal from skiing there for several months. It looked like it had been attacked. I’ve seen a lot of animals while skiing over the years. Nothing larger than the moose who frequented part of The[Read More…]

by October 12, 2018 4 comments Short Swings!
Ice fishing on Heffley Lake near Sun Peaks Resort with Elevated Fishing Adventures. Here, the guide and guest try their hand at outdoors holes. Credit: Yvette Cardozo

Ice Fishing Time Coming Up

Other Things To Do In Winter For Seniors. Some folks fish for sport. Some for relaxation. Some to “just get away.” I fish to eat. If I can’t eventually put it in a fry pan, I’m not really interested. So enter Elevated Fishing Adventures, near Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia, Canada, where you get all three. Especially the eating[Read More…]

by October 9, 2018 2 comments International
The Flat Light Polka

The Flat Light Polka

It isn’t just senior skiers who suffer in flat light, but whiteouts may take a greater toll on our sometimes diminished vision and balance. Case in point: the few falls I’ve had in recent ski seasons were all in flat light conditions. One crash last February caused a minor injury and led to the realization that I shoulda known better.[Read More…]

by October 9, 2018 10 comments Features
Oct. 2 25 cm (10 in.) snow wallops Calgary, breaking record with more expected.

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Oct. 5)

Big BC Snow Beats Record, Colorado Senior Discounts, Conditioning Cautions, Ski Shows Coming. No doubt about it, snow is making a statement in the Northwest and Canadian Rockies in particular. Just this week, Calgary experienced a record-breaking snowfall, catching municipal snow removers a bit flat footed. Equipment had to be imported from local towns and cities to help clear the[Read More…]

by October 5, 2018 6 comments Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

I heard a massive avalanche one time. Chamonix in the late 60s. Several minutes later a fine dust covered everything. When it stopped, it was an inch or two deep. When you ski in the West, you often hear the early morning thuds of dynamite and bombs dislodging unstable slopes. It’s impressive. I like to seek silence, pausing in the[Read More…]

by October 5, 2018 5 comments Short Swings!
High tech bike lights allow you to ride into the evening hours when the clock changes back to Standard Time. Credit: MountainRides.com

Can You Ski Yourself Into Shape?

There Are Other, Fun Ways To Get Ready Besides Hitting The Gym. One of the myths I hear from people at the beginning of the ski season is that they can “ski themselves into shape.”  They have not really done any preparation for the ski season and feel that they just have to start skiing, and their ski legs will[Read More…]

by October 2, 2018 9 comments Conditioning
Harriet looks for and usually finds a way. Credit: Laurie O'Connor

A Woman’s Guide To Sports As We Grow Older

Even Though You’re Not A Spring Chicken, You Can Still Do The Sports You Love. Don’t Let Your Past Hold You Back. To set the stage, I recently broke my wrist, so I’m sealed in a cast. Can’t drive. Can’t swim. Can’t this. Can’t that. Fortunately it’s temporary. Soon I’ll be back to doing the things I love. Meanwhile, I[Read More…]

by October 1, 2018 8 comments Features
This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Sep. 28)

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Sep. 28)

Other Great Ski Publications, Protect Our Winters, Anticipation, Snowmaking As Fire Protection. As you may have read, SeniorsSkiing.com is entering its fifth season of publishing. Over these last few years, we have entered the amazing world of ski publications and their publishers, all of whom have been welcoming, supportive, and collegial to Jon and me as newcomers. You should know[Read More…]

by September 28, 2018 1 comment Features
A Message From Mike And Jon

A Message From Mike And Jon

SeniorsSkiing.com is entering its fifth publishing season. When we started in 2014, we had a vision of creating an online magazine for snowsports enthusiasts over 50 and with it a community. Getting the magazine off the drawing board required many decisions. What should we call it? How frequently should it publish? Should it be free? Should we pay contributors? Etc.[Read More…]

by September 28, 2018 4 comments Home Top Box 1
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

“Snow is the cosmetic of the Earth.” That’s one of many memorable lines from Moby Dick, Herman Melville’s masterpiece about one man’s obsession with the destruction of a gigantic white whale. Riding early morning lifts, especially on a powder day, brings Melville’s observation to life. The smooth, undulating surface conceals what’s below. My skiing dreams and day-dreams invariably show untouched[Read More…]

by September 27, 2018 4 comments Short Swings!

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