Articles by: Jon Weisberg

Making snow in the summer.  Hey, if we could put a person on the moon.

Coming to You Soon? Skiable, Outdoor, Summer Snow.

Finally, Outdoor Summer Snow. It’s the invention of TechnoAlpin, an Italian manufacturer of snow making equipment. Its Snow Factory addresses warming trends challenging the future of skiing, allowing skiable snow to be made when air temps are warm. It will help areas extend their seasons or operate when nature won’t cooperate. The first application in North America is at Boreal[Read More…]

by June 6, 2016 0 comments Features, West
Boots waiting to be evaluated. 
Credit: MasterFit

Test Animal In The Annual Ski Boot Lab

How the Magazines Get Their Boot Evaluations. Since the mid-80’s a group of serious skiers has convened at Mt Bachelor, in Bend, Oregon, to evaluate the boots store buyers have purchased for the coming season. This year the show, which is organized by MasterFit Enterprises, moved to Solitude in Utah. I was invited to participate. The collective impressions of the[Read More…]

by April 12, 2016 0 comments Boots, Features
We Want Advertisers Who Want You

We Want Advertisers Who Want You

SeniorsSkiing.com has a GREAT End-of-Season Ad Special! SeniorsSkiing.com is seeking advertisers and sponsors wanting to position their products and services to our audience of active, older snow sports participants. And we’re asking you, our readers, to help. At the height of the 2015-16 season we received almost 18,000 visitors and almost 59,000 pageviews.* Readers stayed an average of three minutes,[Read More…]

by April 7, 2016 0 comments Features
A great idea whose time has come.  Get those boots off easily! 
Credit: Debooter

DeBooter: DeLovely Way For Easy (And Painless) Boot Removal

A Smart Ski Boot Jack That Really Works. They are the collective sounds of people removing their ski boots: the moans of agony and the sighs of joy heard in lots and lodges around the globe. I’m simply relieved to get the damn things off, but getting the top of my foot past those two nasty tabs of plastic are[Read More…]

by March 29, 2016 6 comments Accessories, Features
Bombadier snowcoaches have operated in Yellowstone since 1954. Photo: brytta/iStock

Feds Auctioning Yellowstone’s Snowcoaches

$10K for Previously Owned Bombadiers Could Make Your Commute Interesting. For years, Yellowstone National Park transported winter visitors down snowy roads in large—no, humongous—Bombardier snowcoaches. Slow, noisy, and big-time gas guzzlers, their tank-like treads and heavy weight made them reliable. Now the fleet is being retired and auctioned off buy the Feds. The first batch fetched $10,000 to $12,000 per.[Read More…]

by March 28, 2016 0 comments Features
Skiable incinerator being built near Copenhagen.

“Waste” Deep Skiing Due Soon In Copenhagen

Incinerator With Skiable Roof to Open in 2017. For reasons I can’t fully explain, Denmark ranks at the top of the 2016 edition of the United Nations “World Happiness Report.” I’ve been to Copenhagen a few times and enjoyed the people and the food. Skiers there have painfully few options: a few tiny runs and an indoor facility. That’s about[Read More…]

by March 23, 2016 1 comment Features, International
Here's the Nudown parka I tested.  Removes the hassle  of layering.
Credit: Nudown

Product Review: NuDown Parkas and Vests Use Pumped Air to Stay Warm

Reduces Layering. Improves On-Hill Comfort. For the past several weeks, I’ve been skiing in a NuDown parka designed to keep you comfortable regardless of outside temperature and without dressing in multiple layers. It utilizes a hand-operated air pump system to create an adjustable layer of air, which, warmed by the body, serves as an effective insulator against the elements. It[Read More…]

by March 17, 2016 2 comments Accessories
The Needles Lodge and Gondola at SnowBasin on a bluebird day.
Credit: Jon Weisberg

SeniorsSkiing Guide: SnowBasin

Great Skiing. Terrific Views. America’s Fanciest Loos. SnowBasin is the expansive, exceptionally beautiful Utah area that most out-of-staters never get to ski. They’re attracted to the bigger name resorts just 45 minutes east of the airport. Head north, add 10 minutes, and you’re at MAGNIFICENT, SnowBasin—site of the 2002 Olympic Downhill events. At the top, looking over its 3,300 acres,[Read More…]

by February 22, 2016 0 comments Resort Reviews, West
Design by Shokhan Mataibekov Architects is a finalist in World Architect Festival Awards.

Ski At Home: Faux Mountain Condos In The City

Vail, Are You Paying Attention? Remember Borat, the hilarious Kazakhstanian character created by British comic, Sasha Baron Cohen? His spoof helped define Kazakhstan in a way that has it trying to get respect ever since. The country has five ski resorts, at least one reaching higher than 10,000-feet. Now a proposed apartment building for Astana, the nation’s capital, would add[Read More…]

by February 18, 2016 0 comments Features, International
Muck Boots: The Toyota 4-Runner Of Footwear

Muck Boots: The Toyota 4-Runner Of Footwear

Rugged, Waterproof Snow Boots E-Z On/Off. My wife and I just returned from a pleasant hike in the snow, among cliffs and monoliths; sagebrush and Ponderosa pine. She wore sturdy hiking boots and gaiters. I wore the Muck Boot Arctic Commuter, a high-rise (mid-calf) fleece-lined neoprene boot. They were an ideal choice. For a hike on snow-covered, uneven, though generally[Read More…]

by February 16, 2016 0 comments Boots, Home Top Box 3
Huff Post 50: Valentine Gifts For Senior Snow Lovers

Huff Post 50: Valentine Gifts For Senior Snow Lovers

SeniorsSkiing.com’s Co-Publisher Jon Weisberg Has Heart Warming Ideas. As the count down to Valentines Day commences, Jon has collected a number of gifts from the expensive to the practical.  What? You don’t think warm underwear is a lovely Valentine’s gift idea?  Well, he has other suggestions.  From the latest Huffington Post Post 50.  

by February 2, 2016 0 comments Features
Stein Eriksen, one of the first ski celebrities, was a pioneer in acrobatics.
Credit: Park City

Remembering Stein

SeniorsSkiing.com Co-Publisher Jon Weisberg Remembers His Encounter With The Ski Legend. Several years ago, Jon Weisberg shared a chair lift ride with Stein and later on a dinner table.  Here are his recollections as published in Huff 50.  

by January 5, 2016 1 comment Ski Heroes
Huff Post: Older Skier’s Guide To America’s Biggest Ski Resort

Huff Post: Older Skier’s Guide To America’s Biggest Ski Resort

SeniorsSkiing.com’s Co-Publisher Reviews The Newly-Combined Park City-Canyons Resort. Salt Lake City-based Jon Weisberg has been waiting all summer to explore the biggest ski resort in America. With this season’s huge—and apparently ongoing—dump of snow on the Wasatch Mountains, he makes his first visit and has some senior-focused suggestions for getting the most out of your visit.  Here’s his report from[Read More…]

by December 30, 2015 2 comments Features, West
Brighton is a held in high regard by senior skiers for its friendliness and its powder.
Credit: Brighton

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Brighton Resort

This Is The Utah Bucket List Resort Few Visiting Skiers Ever See. I kept hearing three sounds at Brighton on December 22, the first day of Winter, 2015. Early morning trail runs were knee deep. As more people arrived, I entered the forest. There were places where depths reached my thighs. Sound One: Teen-fueled screech of Yippee! HooHaw! YowWee! Sound Two:[Read More…]

by December 29, 2015 2 comments Features, Resort Reviews
Snow-covered Prius shows depth from one-day storm in SLC.

West: Snow Falls, Lots Of Snow

White Christmas Ahead For Utah and The Rockies. Salt Lake City-based SeniorsSkiing.com Co-Publisher Jon Weisberg Reports: The biggest single dump since 2011 is how some observers characterize the mid-December storm that blanketed Utah’s Wasatch range with almost two feet over the past few days.  Snowfall extended into Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. Individual resorts report impressive numbers. Brian Head, the state’s most[Read More…]

by December 16, 2015 2 comments West

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