Articles by: Don Burch

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
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. Hopefully your ski equipment has taken good care of you all winter, now it’s time for you to return the favor. Some simple steps now can save you the frustration of rusty edges, musty clothing and mouse invaded boots. Skis: At the end of ski season, the[Read More…]

by May 2, 2017 9 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 8 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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