Articles by: Jon Weisberg

Subscribers Only: The Best 2020 Skis for Senior Skiers

Subscribers Only: The Best 2020 Skis for Senior Skiers

  Each year, SeniorsSkiing.com collaborates with Realskiers.com to inform its readers about skis that allow older skiers to turn more easily and to ski longer without tiring. Women’s skis – sometimes engineered for female size and physique – are included.  To find the list on the site, a) click “Community” on the menu bar, b) click “Subscriber Only Content” in the dropdown box, and[Read More…]

by October 3, 2019 3 comments Skis
The Pizol glacier has lost up to 90% of its volume since 2006.
(Keystone / Gian Ehrenzeller)

Short Swings!

Arapahoe is running its guns. Big Sky, Alta, and Lake Tahoe are among the Western ski destinations that have received natural snow. A few areas in the Austrian and Italian Alps are already operating. It’s all about to happen again.  Farmer’s Almanac predicts a “Polar Coaster” with wildly swinging temps. NOAA is expected to give its prediction sometime in October. [Read More…]

by September 27, 2019 0 comments Short Swings!
2018-19 Trail Masters Now Online

2018-19 Trail Masters Now Online

A total of 195 readers qualified as Trail Masters, reporting that the number of days they skied, boarded or snow shoed last season equaled or surpassed their number of years.  Their ages average 67.6, and their number of days skied average 89.9. One-hundred-fifty-five respondents provided their names and contact details. Of those, 37 are women. Six are octagenarians. At the[Read More…]

by September 25, 2019 2 comments TRAIL MASTERS
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

In case you haven’t noticed, ageism hasn’t gone away. The only difference is that over the years we’ve become the object of this form of cultural disdain. That’s why I thought it would be good to pay respect to some really old timers. Last month, we hiked to a grove of Bristlecone Pines, the oldest trees on the planet. The ones[Read More…]

by August 30, 2019 3 comments Features
Alta's slopes are blooming!  Credit: Judy Calhoun

Alta’s Wild Flowers in Full Bloom

  Any one living in or visiting Salt Lake City can escape the heat and enjoy the remarkable wildflowers at Alta. Contributor Harriet Wllis reports that the Alta’s wildflowers are blooming like crazy right now. The meadows and slopes are like Persian carpets — covered with color!

by July 31, 2019 2 comments West
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

“Too Darn Hot.” Cole Porter got it right with his enduring 1948 hit. What a summer! Weather is getting more and more extreme. Hot. Cold. Wind. Flood. I like this church sign: But I don’t like these pictures taken within a week of each other from near the top of Mont Blanc. Going from snow to lake in such a[Read More…]

by July 26, 2019 1 comment Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

This morning only the silver slice of moon interrupted the pure blue sky.  The landscape here in south central Utah is exceptional. My summer grounds are at the base of Boulder Mountain, not far from Capitol Reef National Park. Boulder Mountain is the eastern end of the Aquarius Plateau, the highest plateau on the continent. The mountain peaks at 11,328’[Read More…]

by June 28, 2019 0 comments Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

The most important equipment we need to maintain is our bodies. Cardio and weight training are essential to getting the most out of ourselves. My wife is great at exercise: persistent and consistent. Hardly a day goes by when she’s not swimming or doing yoga, weights or other gym stuff. It helps that she enjoys it. I, on the other[Read More…]

by May 31, 2019 0 comments Short Swings!
Mt Hood SkiWay

Short Swings!

We’re about to switch from publishing weekly, as we have since October, to our once-a-month off-season schedule. Many of you are back on the golf course or in your boats. The next time you’ll see SeniorsSkiing.com in your in box will be May 31.  SeniorsSkiing.com had a record season. In November we celebrated our 5thyear of publication with a party[Read More…]

by April 26, 2019 5 comments Short Swings!
1930's Italian trade card for broth company

Short Swings!

There’s a difference between skiing and a skiing experience.  Confused? Let me explain. With just a few exceptions most of my 65-seasons have been spent skiing. I can’t remember every day or every run, but riding up and skiing down so many places and in so many conditions has been wonderful. Small areas, enormous areas:  in retrospect they were variations on a[Read More…]

by April 19, 2019 0 comments Short Swings!
Reconstruction: Alfons & Adrie Kennis © South Tyrol Museum Archaeology/Ochsenreiter

Ötzi the Ice Man: Three Millennia Older Than Mel Brooks

  He may not be the world’s oldest skier, but at more than 5000 years, he is the world’s oldest and best-preserved wet mummy. Given his advancing years, Ötzi is in particularly good shape.  Named for where he was found in 1991 by two hikers on the Italian-Austrian border, Ötzi now resides in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in the[Read More…]

by April 17, 2019 1 comment International, Other News
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Considering a ski trip to the Alps? Here are a few suggestions from our four-week journey in Italy. They may make your trip a bit easier. Travel light: We didn’t, and we regret it. Unless you’re going for the entire season, take one parka (possibly a shell), one pair of pants, and a variety of fast-drying layers. I took two parkas,[Read More…]

by April 12, 2019 1 comment Short Swings!
Painting of Dolomites in our hotel room

Spring Ski Safari in the Vast Dolomiti Superski

The Dolomite Ski Safari we recently completed started and ended in Cavallino d’Oro, a small hotel near the historic market square of Castlerotto, a village in the South Tyrol. Cavallino d’Oro has been a hostelry for more than 700 years. Today it is beautifully appointed, comfortable, and welcoming. The Dolomite range in the northern Italian Alps is a UNESCO World Heritage site,[Read More…]

by April 11, 2019 6 comments International
The Dolomites is a UNESCO Wolrd Heritage site and the world's largest ski area

Ski Safari in the Mighty Dolomiti

We just completed a six-day Ski Safari in the Dolomites. It should be on every serious skier’s bucket list. The Dolomites, or as the Italians say it, Dolomiti, is a vast UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Italy. It received the designation because of the natural beauty and unique local culture. The region, also known as South Tyrol, is the[Read More…]

by April 3, 2019 10 comments International
More from the Italian Alps

More from the Italian Alps

  There are places you don’t want to leave. For me, Italy’s Aosta Valley is one. My wife and I just completed a week of skiing magic, visiting five fantastic resorts with tour operator, Alpskitour. Despite 6+ decades of passion for the sport, I wasn’t aware of this valley’s skiing treasures. It cuts across the Alps, giving surprisingly easy access to[Read More…]

by March 20, 2019 4 comments International

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