Articles by: Jon Weisberg

Model T Snowmobile

Model T Snowmobile

[Please consider supporting SeniorsSkiing.com with a donation. We appreciate your help. Click here.] In 1922, a New Hampshire Ford dealer and inventor offered a kit to convert Model Ts to “Snowmobiles.” The kit sold for $400 at a time when the Model T sold for $300. The conversion included skis in the front and a second set of wheels in back[Read More…]

by February 15, 2021 1 comment Nostalgia
Early Sun Valley chair

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Last week was the single deadliest avalanche week in the US since 1910. Avalanches claimed 15 lives: five in Utah, four in Colorado, three in Alaska, and one each in California, Montana and New Hampshire. To date, this season, 21 people perished.  According to avalanche.org, all but five of the fatalities were skiers or boarders.  Experts attribute the dangerous conditions to the thin[Read More…]

by February 12, 2021 7 comments Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

This week’s Short Swings! message is straight-forward: If you enjoy receiving SeniorsSkiing.com, please support us financially. Many of you have been generous in our past February fundraisers. This month, we hope to expand the number of donations by asking more of you to donate a minimum of $10; not much considering the cost of a hot chocolate or a bowl[Read More…]

by February 5, 2021 3 comments Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
They even give you a sticker.

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Pam and I got our first shots of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine last Sunday. It was a big relief. The second round is scheduled for Valentine’s Day. She estimates spending about 20 hours over the previous weeks trying to get the appointment. That involved phone calls to places listed on New York State’s Covid website and to area hospitals. It also[Read More…]

by January 29, 2021 2 comments Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
SnowVision Rx goggles integrate prescription with inner lens

New Rx Goggle: Full-Range and Fog-Free Vision

One of the downsides of not skiing this season is that I am unable to experience some new and interesting products in a skiing environment. I make clear in each article I’ve written about these products that it is not a product review. These pieces may be about the product’s features and benefits and how I think it will benefit[Read More…]

by January 27, 2021 10 comments Accessories
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Short Swings!

  A segment of the population is getting out of hand. We saw it at the Capitol, and we’re reading about it on airlplanes, in restaurants, and, now, of all places, ski areas. Pent up anger and resentment, stoked by misinformation and lies, is erupting in public places. It’s ugly, and it’s upsetting. Unfortunately, it’s not going away. Most ski[Read More…]

by January 22, 2021 23 comments Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Schweitzer Mountain's Twilight skiing suspended because of disrespectful clientele

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Friends in Vail recently got their Covid vaccinations. Colorado is making them available to people 70 and older. If we were in Utah where we have a place, my wife and I would be able to get shots on Monday, January 18. But we’re in NY where, over the past few days, the Governor announced that people 65+ are now[Read More…]

by January 15, 2021 6 comments Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Finally! A Ski Boot For Older Feet

Finally! A Ski Boot For Older Feet

I recently had an online boot-fitting session with Dahu, the remarkable Swiss ski boot that advertises with SeniorsSkiing.com. Before sending a pair of loaners, the company asked for my street shoe size. I could have used their App to determine foot volume but didn’t go through that short step. As it turned out, the boots they sent were the correct[Read More…]

by January 12, 2021 18 comments Other News
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Short Swings!

My deadline for wishing people Happy New Year is getting shorter. Centuries ago, when I worked in an office (remember when people worked in offices?), it seemed like New Year’s greetings extended through at least the first week of the year. You’d bump into a colleague and offer the obligatory phrase. Once, many weeks after the New Year, I said[Read More…]

by January 8, 2021 1 comment Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

  This is our final issue of 2020. We’re not saddened to see the year go. Whatever your holiday of choice, please enjoy it safely. And celebrate the arrival of the New Year. It’s time to turn the page on so many things. Here’s wishing you a great season and many bright and promising days ahead! What Do Vaccines and[Read More…]

by December 18, 2020 1 comment Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Last week’s column highlighted responses to a question posed to several friends: How much vertical footage is needed to have a satisfying day on the hill? For this week’s column, I posed the same question to all readers. Your input over the past several days says a lot about your passion for the sport. Not enough room to include all[Read More…]

by December 11, 2020 4 comments Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
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.

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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 5 comments Health, Home Top Box 4
Tuckerman's Ravine in Spring.

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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!
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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!
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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
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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!