Articles by: Jan Brunvand

A guy with the right attitude that I met at Deer Valley a couple of years ago. He told me he wanted to add to the message on his helmet, “ . . . but not today.

Top Ten Reasons I Enjoy Being A Senior Skier

#10. I have nothing to prove.             I don’t need to ski bumps, steeps or crud. It’s challenging enough just skiing blues at age 84. #9. Skiing impresses my non-skiing peers. When folks ask “Are you still skiing,” they mean “still” as in “At your age?” not “still” as in “Is there still any snow up there?” I try to[Read More…]

by December 11, 2017 11 comments Features
Novice Skier Loses It On The Slopes

Novice Skier Loses It On The Slopes

An Urban Legend From The World Of Skiing. Editor’s Note: Jan Harold Brunvand is a frequent contributor to SeniorsSkiing.com. An avid skier, he is a retired American folklorist, researcher, writer, public speaker, and professor emeritus of English at the University of Utah. Jan is best known for popularizing the concept of the urban legend, a form of modern folklore or story telling. Urban Legends[Read More…]

by November 20, 2017 7 comments Features
One page shows several days. Each image represents a separate day.

Creating Your Own Ski Season Photo Book

Start Now To Produce An Attractive Photo Book with Minimal Camera and Computer Skills. Many seniors keep track of their ski days, planning (or hoping) to ski their age each season. With a little more effort, and with minimal camera and computer skills, one can create an attractive ski-season photo book. I think my ski books, compiled for the past ten years,[Read More…]

by December 7, 2016 1 comment Features
Full Tilt boots: comfort, warmth, convenience.

Back to the Future With Full Tilt Boots

Rear Entry Boots For Comfort And Convenience. If you bring up the subject of ski boots among senior skiers, you’re bound to hear someone lament the demise of rear-entry boots or praise the old Raichle Full Flex boots (AKA Flexon Comps). Today when some oldsters need boot horns to get into their ski boots and boot jacks to remove them,[Read More…]

by October 7, 2016 8 comments Boots
Skiers are attracted to fly-fishing because of the skills, the outdoors, and the lore.
Credit: Jan Brunvand

Fly Fishing: Three Ideas For Getting Started

There Are Parallels Between Skiing And Fly-Fishing. Ski season is over; what now? Some turn to hiking, biking, tennis, or pickle ball. For me it’s fly fishing. The pursuit of wily trout with fake insects has things in common with skiing. Both involve exercising in beautiful places, both are great family activities, and both offer satisfying complications of gear and[Read More…]

by May 10, 2016 0 comments Features
Author compares patches with Richard Allen of Vintage Ski World . Credit: Jan Brunvand

History, Memories, Books, And More

ISHA’s 2016 Skiing History Week at Aspen. The International Skiing History Association (ISHA) and the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame held their annual Skiing History Week at Aspen on April 5 – 10. My wife Judy and I attended, partly for the presentations, but also for the $32 day passes. How avid are people about skiing history? Very![Read More…]

by April 25, 2016 0 comments Ski History
Riding Coonskin Lift down at the end of a day. Credit: Jan Harold Brunvand

Road Scholars Ski Telluride

Wonderful Value With Close-to-Lift Lodging. “You can’t find a better value than Road Scholar” is their claim. My wife Judy and I decided to test it the first week of March with the Telluride program run for Road Scholar by the Mountains and Plains Institute of Fort Collins. The price of $1495 each seemed a bit daunting. But, when I[Read More…]

by March 28, 2016 0 comments Features, West
Here's a portion of a Roads Scholar group at Craftsbury Outdoor, VT.
Credit: Road Scholars

Have You Tried Learn-And-Ski Trips With Other Seniors?

Before Road Scholar, there was Elderhostel. My wife and I did 11 downhill learn-and-ski trips with Elderhostels from 1999 through 2009 when the programs were listed in a paper catalog, and registration was mailed in. We drove to most of the Western resorts from our home in Salt Lake City. For Tahoe and Winter Park, we took Amtrak, which was convenient,[Read More…]

by January 13, 2016 0 comments Destinations
Reviewer Jan gleefully shows off his $20 season pass for 75+ skiers.
Credit; Jan Brunvand

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Powder Mountain—Second Biggest Resort

Mega But Low Key Resort Close To Salt Lake City Has True Bargains For Seniors. Until this season Powder Mountain ski resort advertised, “More than 7,000 acres. The largest resort in the United States. A hidden gem.” Now that Vail Corp. combined Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort into 7,300 skiable acres, the claim of largest no longer stands. But[Read More…]

by January 6, 2016 4 comments Resort Reviews

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