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Years ago, a fellow I knew in the fitness industry commented, “You don’t ski to get in shape. You get in shape to ski.” I didn’t always agree, but as I’ve aged, I’ve realized that it really does require considerable training to prepare for the season. This issue has some good advice from Pat McCloskey about similarities between mountain biking[Read More…]

by October 14, 2021 7 comments Other News
Source: US Treasury

Short Swings!

Would you pay an additional $49+ not to wait in the lift line? Express lines have been available for years for members of exclusive clubs and for skiers accompanied by instructors. Now it will be available for a fee on a day-by-day basis at Snowbird (UT), Killington (VT), Copper Mountain (CO) and Mount Bachelor (OR), all areas owned by Utah-based[Read More…]

The Skiing Weatherman-October 15, 2021

The Skiing Weatherman-October 15, 2021

A bit of a false start… In the past week, some significant early season snow has fallen over portions of the western U.S. and far western Canada.  The season is off and running…at least for now…as Wolf Creek Pass in southern Colorado will open this weekend with limited terrain.  I wish I could say that it is a sustainable plan[Read More…]

by October 14, 2021 2 comments Other News, Skiing Weatherman
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 11, 2021 4 comments Other News, Conditioning
How Mountain Biking Improves My Skiing

How Mountain Biking Improves My Skiing

There are many similarities between mountain biking and skiing aside from the fact that both sports engage the same type of people.  I love to mountain bike, but I use it primarily as an exercise to keep me in shape for skiing.  I don’t take any chances. I ride to ride another day.  But it is good exercise and keeps[Read More…]

by October 11, 2021 4 comments Other News
Where are these skiers?   Source: New Mexicao Ski Museum

Test Your Skiing Knowledge

Each issue of SeniorsSkiing.com has a picture to help test your skiing knowledge. The pictures are from collections in a variety of participating ski museums, which we encourage you to visit and to support. This image was submitted by New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame and New Mexico Ski Museum, located outside Albuquerque, at the base of the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway.[Read More…]

Skiers are among the many ice sculptures.  Source: Lake Louise Tourism

A Down-Under Skier Reminisces About His 2019-20 Canadian Road Trip

I was inspired by (SeniorsSkiing.com contributor) Yvette Cardozo and her excellent missives re skiing Canada and the world. Her unique turn of phrase will inspire some to write, but mostly will move others to keep skiing when they can. Those three words, ‘when they can’ are important. COVID has jolted us to the here and now, prompting many to get vaccinated.[Read More…]

SOURCE: YELLOWSTONE EXPEDITIONS

Yellowstone’s Winter Magic

In 1991, while guiding a small group in Yellowstone National Park, I tried to describe walking outside as the sun rose one February morning near Old Faithful: “Morning light pours over the hills, reflecting off the frost in a blinding cloud of diamonds. Elk and bison shake snow off their backs, stirring after a long night’s chill. Duck and geese[Read More…]

by October 11, 2021 1 comment West, Home Top Box 2, Make More Tracks
Secrets for Your Best Ski Season Ever

Secrets for Your Best Ski Season Ever

Over 11 seasons I’ve probably taught 500-600 kids and adults as a part-time instructor at Stratton/VT & Butternut/MA. “Never-evers”, experts, 4-yr olds to 80-yr olds. Me: flipping through trail names like a deck of cards, choosing the best run for the task at hand and my eager, anxious learner.  Here’s the huge thing I’ve learned: Anyone can become a better[Read More…]

by September 30, 2021 23 comments Other News, Home Top Box 4
This Issue

This Issue

Welcome back, fellow Senior Skiers!!! This is the first issue of SeniorsSkiing.com for the 2021-22 season. As usual, there’s a lot of original content. Ski instructor and contributor John Gelb offers excellent advice about taking lessons at the beginning of the season. Day 1: ski around and take notes on what you want to strengthen or improve. Day 2: Have your[Read More…]

by September 30, 2021 3 comments Other News
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

ShortSwings!

This is to thank the 3000+ of you who completed our August reader survey. We learned that on average, those of you who did not take last season off skied an average of 26 days. That’s down from a few seasons back when the average was more than 33 days. But, when you figure that the national average is 6.5[Read More…]

by September 30, 2021 2 comments Home Top Box 2, Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Skiing Weatherman: 2021-22 Outlook

Skiing Weatherman: 2021-22 Outlook

Even though we are just a few days past the first day of astronomical summer, I find myself already taking a peek at the northern Rockies when I am working on forecasts for my golf course clients. Why? The skier/weather nerd in me comes out as I look for the first weather station reporting snow in the air. Like you,[Read More…]

by September 29, 2021 0 comments Home Top Box 2, Skiing Weatherman
Older Skier? Here’s a list of the Best Skis for You

Older Skier? Here’s a list of the Best Skis for You

When it comes to skis, buying without trying can be confusing. I prefer demo days or demo-ing from shops at or near the mountain. Reading how a ski performs can provide helpful guidance in your selection process but using those skis – especially on familiar terrain – really helps in deciding how to make the best purchase. That said, we’ve[Read More…]

by September 29, 2021 3 comments Skis, Home Top Box 1
Planning Your XC Ski Vacation

Planning Your XC Ski Vacation

Let’s say you’ve decided to take a cross country ski vacation. That’s a great idea because it’s a wonderful way to escape city stress. But there are a lot of other good reasons. You can ski your brains out or veg out, get a tan, see new country, ski but avoid midwinter cold, eat incredible meals, enjoy a romantic interlude,[Read More…]

by September 29, 2021 3 comments Other News
Last Season

Last Season

Don Burch is a frequent contributor of interesting ski pictures and videos. He put together this 2-minute video of highlights from his 2020-21 season. If you want to stoke your imagination for the coming season, click here and enjoy!

by September 29, 2021 3 comments Other News
Test Your Skiing Knowledge

Test Your Skiing Knowledge

Each issue of SeniorsSkiing.com will have a picture to help you test your skiing knowledge. The pictures are from collections in a variety of participating ski museums, which we encourage you to visit and to support.  This image was submitted by The New England Ski Museum, a non-profit based in New Hampshire with locations at the base of the Cannon[Read More…]

by September 29, 2021 21 comments Nostalgia, Home Top Box 3, Mystery Glimpse
Tukino Skifield, Mt Ruapehu, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Tukino Skifield, Mt Ruapehu, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Tukino Skifield (www.tukino.org) is a Club-operated field (“skifield” is the down-under term for ski slope) on the eastern slopes of Mt Ruapehu (9175 ft/2797 m), a live volcano and the highest mountain on the North Island of New Zealand. It is located within Tongariro National Park, a World Heritage Area, encompassing two other large volcanic cones (Ngauruhoe and Tongariro) plus[Read More…]

by September 28, 2021 3 comments International
Summarizing Skiing History Magazine’s Sept-Oct 2021 Issue

Summarizing Skiing History Magazine’s Sept-Oct 2021 Issue

Skiing History magazine, a project of the International Skiing History Association (ISHA), is published six times a year. Its collection of articles is always interesting. Click on ISHA’s “Take A Run With Us!” advertisement and register for a free digital issue. Better yet, support skiing history and ISHA by becoming a member! Membership is a terrific gift for any older[Read More…]

by September 28, 2021 2 comments Nostalgia
Look Back: Sunday River

Look Back: Sunday River

For the record, early morning skiing was just the best at Sunday River, Maine. We skied this reliable, late-season spot over Easter weekend with two gorgeous sunny days, happy the travel restrictions into Maine had eased for us at last. Better late than never. Count SR’s season-long commitment to snowmaking (90 percent coverage) as the insurance that makes the late[Read More…]

by April 14, 2021 2 comments Destinations, East
The Year in Review

The Year in Review

El Nino, Stay South. La Nina, Go North. If you haven’t already done so, it’s close to the time when the skis and snowboards get tucked away for summer hibernation.  Between Covid-19 restrictions, National Forest leases, and Old Man Winter calling it quits prematurely in much of North America, forces have conspired to end the season for the majority of[Read More…]

by April 14, 2021 7 comments Skiing Weatherman
Dawn, Appleton Farms, Ipswich, MA. Credit: NSNA

Make More Tracks: A Personal Note At The End Of The Season

XC Has Grown In Participation. Hopefully, Make More Tracks Played A Role. The Make More Tracks Resource Guide and series of articles in each issues since October was conceived to provide readers of SeniorsSkiing.com with information to expand their options in the winter of the pandemic. It was intended to provide info and perspectives about mostly XC skiing. As someone[Read More…]

by April 13, 2021 2 comments Make More Tracks
Top To Bottom: Park City Last Day 2021

Top To Bottom: Park City Last Day 2021

Three Costumed Spring Skiing Characters Put A Cap On The Season. Our Vicarious Vacation series winds up in Park City, UT, on April 12 this year, the last day of the season. Our three characters head down from Cloud Dine to the Tombstone Lift on the “canyon side.” We’ve never skied Park City, but this run follows trails which look[Read More…]

by April 13, 2021 4 comments West
Anyone Lose A Moriarity Hat 35 Years Ago At Beaver Creek?

Anyone Lose A Moriarity Hat 35 Years Ago At Beaver Creek?

We Have It For You.   Here’s a note from Shelley Canalia, a reader, who has come into possession of this old hat with numerous pins from resorts and events. My brother is Anthony Isham West. Great guy, comes from a Nordic ski family on his Father’s side. In 1985-86 he was working at Beaver Creek in Vail. He found[Read More…]

by April 12, 2021 10 comments Remember When?
Mt Hotham in mid-season. This year, the resort awaits eager visitors after closing in 2020.

Look Ahead: Report From Australia

The Virus Is Contained, Resorts Anticipate Regular Openings. We, the skiing public here in Oz, are quietly excited about the prospect of finally skiing again after a year off. While we wait for government decisions and confirm opening dates at Mt Hotham, Falls Creek and Mt Buller here in Victoria and similarly for the resorts in NSW at Perisher and[Read More…]

by April 12, 2021 2 comments International
La Parva, Chile, sunset through the icicles. Credit: Casey Earle

Look Ahead: Despite Challenges, Chilean Resorts Are Preparing

Areas’ Marketing Campaigns Are In Full Swing, But Will The Weather Cooperate? For 2020, the ski season revolved around the multiple ills Chile has been suffering, including the ongoing drought that affected the skiing. This year would seem to be a continuation of those ills, including social and political unrest, economic suffering, and plague. In spite of all that, last[Read More…]

by April 12, 2021 1 comment International