Articles by: Don Burch

High Voltage, Squaw Valley. Credit: Patrick Saffarian

Trail Name Series: California

Consider The Name Of A Trail. You Will Often Find Uniqueness And Whimsy. Peruse a few resort maps, and you’re sure to come upon some great trail names. Doing so with California resorts was no exception. Training Wheels at Mammoth is a wonderfully apropos name for a beginner trail. Amusement Park at Big Bear is fitting for a trail designed[Read More…]

by November 12, 2018 0 comments Destinations
“Ultimate” Quiz Of Ski Terms

“Ultimate” Quiz Of Ski Terms

You Think You’ve Been Around Snow Sports For A While, Eh? See How Many You Get Right. Milk Run a. Ski trail with lots of slush b. Off-season mountain bike race on ski trails c. Trail full of slow skiers d. First run of the day   2. Chatter a. Noisy lodge b. Excessive talking on chairlift c. Squeaky noises[Read More…]

by October 23, 2018 15 comments Nostalgia
Anticipation

Anticipation

A Chill Is In The Air. It’s usually the cusp of late summer and early fall when I first start thinking about skiing. All it takes is some cool days and seeing the first leaves starting to turn. Wearing long slacks for the first time, turning on heat for the first time, and the beginning of football season get me[Read More…]

by September 25, 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
Reader Opinion: The IKON vs M.A.X. Pass For Northeast Skiers

Reader Opinion: The IKON vs M.A.X. Pass For Northeast Skiers

Compare Ikon and M.A.X. And Major Differences Are Revealed. To evaluate the Ikon Pass I’ll compare it to what it replaces, the M.A.X. Pass, and look at what it offers in and of itself. Because they are at similar price points I’ll be comparing the M.A.X. Pass with the Ikon Base Pass. While both passes include a variety of resorts[Read More…]

by March 27, 2018 3 comments Features
12 Tips And Tricks For Skiing And SnowSports

12 Tips And Tricks For Skiing And SnowSports

Clever Hacks For A Better Winter Experience. When skiing wet and slushy snow, spray the top of your skis and even your ski boots with silicone (wipe it off after spraying). The faster heavy snow slides off skis, the easier it’ll be to make turns. Toe warmers work better in gloves than hand warmers. Use the sticky back on toe[Read More…]

by January 15, 2018 2 comments Features
The Ultimate SeniorsSkiing Ski Quiz

The Ultimate SeniorsSkiing Ski Quiz

You’ve Think You’ve Been Around Snow Sports For A While?  Okay, Test Your Knowledge. I know what you’re thinking; “Ultimate, I doubt it.” You’re a really good skier, you’ve been skiing for years and you’ve skied just about everywhere. “There’s no quiz about skiing that’s going to humble me.” Let’s see… As of the 2016-17 ski season, what state has[Read More…]

by December 18, 2017 7 comments Features
Don Burch, circa, 1970, with the infamous Ford

A Wad of Tobacco, A Chairlift, And A Ford Maverick

A Long Forgotten Incident Comes Rushing Back. In the late 70s, I was working at a ski resort and poor as could be. When the Head Maintenance Engineer asked around for someone to pick up a part for one of the chairlifts, I quickly volunteered. He probably figured I knew what I was volunteering for and wouldn’t have done so[Read More…]

by December 5, 2017 3 comments Remember When?
Intentions For Upcoming Season: Mindfulness

Intentions For Upcoming Season: Mindfulness

Put Away The Phone And Be Here Now. On a midweek day last winter I went into the lodge for lunch. Nearby were six men, obviously friends enjoying a day skiing together. During their entire lunch five of them were on cell phones, and the sixth had no one to talk to. On the ride up on a six-pack bubble[Read More…]

by November 6, 2017 7 comments Features
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 10, 2017 4 comments Gear
What's in a name? A few resorts create a theme for trail names. Memorable. Cutesy. Provocative (?)
Credit: Don Burch

How Do Ski Trails Get Their Names?

Themes That Pick Up The Resort Name Can Be Catchy And Easy To Remember. Sometimes trail names are descriptive (Easy Mile at Suicide Six), sometimes they are a tribute (Thanks Walt at Mt Snow for its founder Walter Schoenknecht), sometimes they’re humorous (True Grit and No Grit at Waterville Valley), sometimes sensational (Widowmaker at Sugarloaf and Snowshoe) and at several mountains[Read More…]

by April 24, 2017 9 comments East
Small is better? Accessible, economical, family-friendly, local ski areas have a community feeling.
Credit: Ski Sundown

The Case For The Local Ski Area

So It’s Not The Rockies.  But What Makes Mom-And-Pop Special? [Editor Note: As we are seeing in a month of startling industry news, the ski business is rapidly consolidating.  Big corporations are buying portfolios of resorts.  Vail has added Stowe to its collection. Aspen and its private equity investors, KLS Capital Partners are plucking up Stratton and Mt. Tremblant, among[Read More…]

by April 18, 2017 8 comments East, Features

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