Articles by: Jon Weisberg

Short Swings!

Short Swings!

This season will favor those living close to the mountain. Older skiers who aren’t a short walk or reasonable drive away probably will avoid the hassle and risk of commercial flights to get there. They’ll spend more time on local slopes.  Currently, we’re in our place several miles north of New York City. The closest reasonable skiing is about 2.5[Read More…]

Short Swings!

Short Swings!

This week I participated in a media briefing about the coming season. It was organized by Ski Utah and featured presenters from most of the state’s areas. They confirmed what most of us already know. This will not be a normal season. Resort skiing will require more advance planning than we’re used to. Some of the details, as presented in[Read More…]

by November 20, 2020 0 comments Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Every now and then, we give readers a status report on the state of the older skier and the status of SeniorsSkiing.com. It’s fair to say that we’re all doing well. The magazine started in the Fall of 2013 with exactly “0” subscribers. Today there are 17,000 of you, and the number is growing. We know from industry trade association[Read More…]

by November 13, 2020 1 comment Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

  You don’t stop skiing when you get old. You get old when you stop skiing. Recently saw that bumper sticker statement on a few posters and T-shirts.  It’s a wishful truism for senior skiers, cheering us on our snowy descents as we ascend to yet another year and another season. But like almost every other overly simplistic proclamation, it[Read More…]

Senior Skier? Here are the Best Skis for You.

Senior Skier? Here are the Best Skis for You.

This is the time of year when, with input from the Realskiers.com website, we publish SeniorsSkiing.com’s annual listing of the best new skis for older skiers. Arrival of the pandemic virtually wiped out implementation of the comprehensive women’s test. But Realskiers.com was able to collect sufficient data to pick the best models for senior male skiers.  The 2021 Best Skis[Read More…]

by November 5, 2020 1 comment Gear, Skis, Home Top Box 2
A lift line, last week, in Cervina, Italy. Not too much social distancing.

Short Swings!

The other night, on Netflix, we watched “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet.” Sir David, 94 (93 when he narrated the film), is the British naturalist/broadcaster who has been filming and educating the broader public about the natural world since the 1950s.  “A Life on Our Planet” is an incredibly beautiful visual statement. Sir David talks  about and shows an[Read More…]

Sleep-full Nights and Painless Days

Sleep-full Nights and Painless Days

Something exceptional happened in our bedroom over the past several nights. Pam and I have been together for more than 50 years, and for at least 20 of them she’s had difficulty sleeping. It’s been made worse by my ability to sleep almost anywhere and at any time…a skill honed over decades on planes, in the back seats of cabs, and in[Read More…]

by October 29, 2020 3 comments Health, Home Top Box 4
Tuckerman's Ravine in Spring.

Short Swings!

Cassandra came to mind last week as we took our first flight since the craziness began. In case you missed that part of Greek Mythology, after Apollo gave Cassandra the gift of prophecy, he turned it to a curse, causing her prophecies not to be believed. Stay with me on this one.  The flight was one familiar to many Eastern[Read More…]

by October 23, 2020 7 comments Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Maybe I’m becoming that grumpy old man, but the steady stream of videos about backcountry skiers being avalanched away, the drone videos of sharks swimming perilously close to surfers, and the reports of elk and buffalo attacking people with no common sense are getting to me. Who in their right mind would try to pet a large wild animal and[Read More…]

by October 16, 2020 4 comments Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

How often do you think about skiing? To my wife’s dismay, it’s always top of mind. A few months ago, camping in a remote, high mountain location with some fellow skiers, we realized we were simultaneously having the same thought: What would be the best line down those North-facing slopes? Chuckles and beers followed. Harder evidence trickled in throughout summer[Read More…]

by October 9, 2020 0 comments Short Swings!
2021 Masterfit Buyer’s Guide Sets New Standard

2021 Masterfit Buyer’s Guide Sets New Standard

Remember the old Sears and Montgomery Ward catalogs? For many readers, those thick bibles of material culture were a fixture of my youth. The comprehensive, new Masterfit Buyer’s Guide is close to being their skiing equivalent. In addition to it’s gear reviews, the guide has numerous helpful articles about how skis and boots are reviewed, kids gear, packing for a day[Read More…]

by October 7, 2020 0 comments Gear
Best 2021 Boots for Seniors Skiers

Best 2021 Boots for Seniors Skiers

It’s the skier’s truism. Boots are our single most important piece of equipment. While many consider their main function to be comfort and warmth, their primary role is the efficient transfer of energy and movement from skier to skis. A SeniorsSkiing.com reader survey conducted a few years ago showed that in a given season, 25% of you purchase new boots.[Read More…]

by October 2, 2020 6 comments Boots
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

We are entering a season of uncertainty. Some resorts have discontinued walk-up ticket sales, some will require advance reservations, many will require masks and social distancing; for others, it will be business as usual. Some, unfortunately, will not open at all. Many resorts are bracing for a sharp reduction in the number of vacationers arriving by air. Air traffic is[Read More…]

by October 2, 2020 4 comments SHORT SWINGS!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

A Fort Lauderdale resident asked , “Do you know where we Floridians go when we want to ski?” It was a joke. Her punch line: “The airport.” From the way things appear to be shaping up, fewer and fewer older skiers will be using planes to get to their favorite resorts. There’s a reluctance to get on planes until the[Read More…]

by July 30, 2020 2 comments Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Over the past few weeks, we’ve received numerous emails from ski industry and other leaders supporting Black Lives Matter. Mike and I want to add our voices to this and to other expressions of social justice. Many of you will remember Bob Dylan’s 1964 song, “The Times They Are A Changin.” His anthem to social change and the consequences of[Read More…]

by June 26, 2020 5 comments Short Swings!
Planning on Skiing Next Season? 92% of You Say YES!

Planning on Skiing Next Season? 92% of You Say YES!

Based on the just completed SeniorsSkiing.com Reader Survey, 92% of you plan to go skiing next season. This, despite growing coronavirus concerns, especially within our age cohort. You also weighed in on the importance of preventive measures ski areas can take to control the virus: 86% of you consider continuous sanitizing in all public areas (e.g. dining, lodge, restrooms) to[Read More…]

by June 24, 2020 6 comments Features
Skiers from 1900. Source: The Guardian

Short Swings!

Boris and Ivan have been skiing across the frozen steppe for many days. After too long on the front, they’re finally going home. Boris spent hours telling his colleague what he intends to do when, finally, he arrives home: hug his family, down a hearty meal, paint the dacha, tend the garden.  “Ivan, what is your plan?,” he asks.  “My[Read More…]

by May 22, 2020 1 comment Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

In the past few weeks, we’ve learned that skiing has been identified as a significant vector in the spread of COVID-19. If you have not read this article in The New Yorker magazine about Sun Valley’s role, it’s an eye-opener.  Germany, described as a “skiing nation,” has traced many of its cases to a beer pong table in the Austrian resort of Ischgl,[Read More…]

by April 10, 2020 12 comments Short Swings!
Roam Elevate backpack and control device

The Future Is Here

Among the thousands of reasons the abrupt end to the season is a bummer is this: Those of you who were planning to demo the Roam Robotics Elevate will need to wait until we’re back on the hill. Elevate is world’s first computer-assisted knee exoskeleton for skiers. I had the good fortune to try the device toward the end of[Read More…]

by April 8, 2020 2 comments MedTech
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Storytelling is one of the things that distinguishes us from the rest of the animal kingdom. Cave drawings and other prehistoric clues inform us that storytelling predates written history. It preserves memory, forms order out of chaos, and binds people together. It shows itself in every culture in the form of religion, entertainment, and politics, to name a few. SeniorsSkiing.com[Read More…]

by April 3, 2020 2 comments Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Are skiers gamblers? I started thinking about that when COVID-19 prematurely ended the season. A lot of people purchased season passes of one form or another, never expecting early termination. What odds would bookmakers have given last fall of that happening? Skiing always involves some degree of considered risk and reward, not unlike many casino games, or life in general.[Read More…]

by March 27, 2020 2 comments Short Swings!
Resort Management Made the Right Call

Resort Management Made the Right Call

Resort management made the right call when they decided to close. That’s the opinion of more than 25% of the SeniorsSkiing.com readers responding last week to the question asking how you felt about the season’s early end, whether you were done, and if you had more turns to make? It was one of three questions we posed to get a general[Read More…]

by March 26, 2020 8 comments Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

What a strange time. There are some exceptions, but most ski areas throughout Europe and North America have closed. There is nothing happy about this scenario except the prospect that removing ski areas as a place where people gather may help slow the virus’ progress. SeniorsSkiing.com readers range in age from 50 into the 90s. The average age is 67.[Read More…]

by March 20, 2020 0 comments Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

  Valentino and I had an interesting conversation a few months ago. He’s my seven-year-old grandson, and we were walking back from his weekly skating lesson. He didn’t like his new skates. He was making nice progress on the ice, but something happened during the lesson that left him frustrated. He blamed the skates.  As we walked, I explained that[Read More…]

by March 13, 2020 1 comment Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

I was in a place I shouldn’t have been. When I entered the gate, I thought I had been on this part of the mountain years earlier. But as I descended, nothing about it seemed familiar.   It was steep beyond my comfort. There were bumps and trees, and the surface was getting icy. Signs on the trees warned this[Read More…]

by March 6, 2020 1 comment Short Swings!

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