Articles by: Jon Weisberg

Leaving Peek A Boo slot canyon.

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The Kindness of (Young) Strangers Last weekend Pam and I went canyoneering in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the vast expanse of public land between Capitol Reef National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Canyoneering may not be the correct term, as it generally describes the exploration of remote canyons requiring technical equipment and skills. Our destination was two popular slot[Read More…]

by April 19, 2018 1 comment Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

IKON changed its Mammoth Mountain benefits package. Purchasers of the $599 Ikon Base Pass now have full access with the exception of certain blackout dates. When originally offered, full access (no blackouts) was available only with the $899 Ikon Pass. Purchasers of the $599 Base Pass were entitled to 5 days at Mammoth. Alterra, the resort company offering the IKON[Read More…]

by April 12, 2018 2 comments Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Sunday at Snowbasin was the last day of my season. The end-of-season emergence of earth shedding its winter coat is bittersweet. The joy of Winter is being replaced by the joy of Spring. Every year on my last run, I say a prayer of thanks for having completed another season and a prayer of hope for the next. Having reached[Read More…]

by April 5, 2018 7 comments Short Swings!
Grand Targhee: Deep Powder and a Friendly Vibe

Grand Targhee: Deep Powder and a Friendly Vibe

It had been snowing three days when I arrived at Grand Targhee. By morning the new snow total was 55″. A guy from Denver suggested signing up for Early Tracks. For $89 members of the ski school guide you at 8AM, an hour head start on the public. Next morning, I skied 1 1/2 hours on untracked terrain, guided by[Read More…]

by April 5, 2018 1 comment Resort Reviews
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Short Swings!

“Finding Meaning and Happiness in Old Age” is the title of Jane Brody’s March 19 Personal Health column in The New York Times. The article is about developing a healthy perspective on the aging process. It gathers information from two recent volumes on aging. She describes them as “inspired and inspiring.” One is The End of Old Age; the other,[Read More…]

by March 29, 2018 0 comments Short Swings!
Big Sky is big...really BIG!

Big Sky: Unpretentious. Uncrowded. Unbelievably Great Skiing.

Big Sky is not ritzy. It is not pretentious. It is not crowded. And, as one of country’s greatest ski destinations, it is not to be missed. With 4350′ of vertical and 5,800 acres, Big Sky justifiably calls itself “The Biggest Skiing in America.” The last time I skied there was before the acquisition of Moonlight Basin, a smaller adjacent[Read More…]

by March 27, 2018 4 comments Destinations, Resort Reviews
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

I’m in the desert with my skis. There’s snow in the higher elevations but the nearest lifts are a few hundred miles away. It’s nice to be enjoying a respite from winter. But I feel like a city dweller, removed from my favorite pastime. It’s not permanent. I have the good fortune of being able to get in the car[Read More…]

by March 22, 2018 0 comments Short Swings!
Sun Valley with Ketchum and Baldy in the background

My Sun Valley Serenade

A few rides on the lift can say a lot about an area. At Idaho’s Sun Valley I was reminded of its friendly vibe and older population of very good skiers. Anyone reading this knows Sun Valley is one of America’s oldest and most celebrated resorts. In the late 30s to the 60s/70s, Sun Valley helped establish the glamor of[Read More…]

by March 21, 2018 1 comment Destinations, Resort Reviews
IKON Pricing Hurts Some Older Skiers. May Help Others.

IKON Pricing Hurts Some Older Skiers. May Help Others.

Pricing of the new IKON Pass has raised concerns among older skiers, especially people living close to Mammoth and Squaw Valley. Those and some other IKON resorts are eliminating local season passes, most of which had senior discounts. Like EPIC, Mountain Collective, and other bundled packages, IKON generally offers good value. Ski pass pricing is complicated and making a decision[Read More…]

by March 20, 2018 3 comments Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

We need to adjust our skiing to our age. Some readers will probably react with a “Mind your own business,” and that’s fine. But I keep running into too many people beating themselves up on skis: either forcing old bodies to ski like they did when they were young, or not knowing how to adjust to a more age-appropriate technique.[Read More…]

by March 15, 2018 16 comments Short Swings!
Pomerelle Mountain Resort: Vintage Family Area Named for a Favorite Wine

Pomerelle Mountain Resort: Vintage Family Area Named for a Favorite Wine

I recently visited Pomerelle Mountain Resort, a smallish ski area in the Sawtooth National Forest, 75 miles east of Twin Falls, Idaho. It’s about 25 miles from the Interstate. You get there driving through a long, flat valley and small villages (e.g. Albion, pop 300) before turning onto a road that climbs to the 8,000′ base. Lodge, lifts, and trails[Read More…]

by March 12, 2018 3 comments Destinations, Resort Reviews
NO FRIENDS ON A POWDER DAY???

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The first rule for skiing powder is to get to it before anyone else does. It skis best when untracked, and it doesn’t stay untracked for long. The other day at Grand Targhee in Wyoming, I bought a ticket that gave access to the lifts an hour before opening to the public. The other option would have been pricier cat[Read More…]

by March 8, 2018 2 comments Other News, Short Swings!
View from the top of Pebble Creek/

Pebble Creek: A Locals Area That Deserves A Visit

Many readers have expressed interest in learning about lesser-known areas. When I mentioned that to a representative of Visit Idaho, he suggested visiting Pebble Creek and Pomerelle, both in the southern part of the state. First stop was Pebble Creek, 2,200′ of impressive vertical not far from Pocatello. I skied there two days and stayed nearby in Lava Hot Springs,[Read More…]

by March 8, 2018 6 comments West
Eating Salt Lake City

Eating Salt Lake City

Staying in Salt Lake City (or Valley) is an excellent option to explore Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton. Ski City USA offers good value (many hotels include a Super Pass with the room), public transportation to the resorts, and a broad range of restaurants and entertainment venues. Here are some favorites. Check websites for hours and addresses. Breakfast For a[Read More…]

by March 6, 2018 1 comment Destinations, West
George Jedenoff is 100+ and still skiing!

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Living up to its reputation, at least across the West and Northeast, March is entering like a wild snow lion. SeniorsSkiing.com is heralding the arrival of March with a new discount service. It provides significant discounts on products Mike and I think will interest you. Some are specifically ski-oriented, others fit with the older, active, outdoors lifestyle. Each offering is[Read More…]

by March 1, 2018 0 comments Short Swings!

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