Articles by: Jon Weisberg

Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Earlier this week a request to support SeniorsSkiing.com showed up in your email. We really need your donations. This is our fifth publishing year and only the second time we’ve made the request. When we started, Mike and I decided that this labor of love should be free. What we’ve learned is that publishing weekly throughout the season requires a[Read More…]

by February 8, 2019 2 comments Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Why aren’t skis designed for and marketed to the 20% of the U.S. skiing population over the age of 52? In other words, is the industry ready for a senior’s ski? I’m asking now, because this is the week ski manufacturers write orders for next year’s crop. They’ve gathered at the Denver Convention Center for the Snow Show, the industry’s[Read More…]

by February 1, 2019 10 comments Short Swings!
New Feature:  Ask An Expert

New Feature: Ask An Expert

Ask An Expert is the new SeniorsSkiing.com feature that answers your snow sport questions with responses from experts. Send in your questions, and we’ll find the experts to answer them. The feature will appear as frequently as we have your questions. We start the series this week with this question from reader, Terry Kureth: While skiing with a friend not[Read More…]

by January 31, 2019 3 comments Ask An Expert
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Have you ever been in or near an avalanche? Big Mountain skiers everywhere are accustomed to hearing and feeling the reverberations of bombs and other technologies used to dislodge slides, making the areas safer. A few years ago, Taos added a chair to improve accessibility to Kachina Peak.  Last week, following inspection by patrol, a slide there killed two.  At the[Read More…]

by January 25, 2019 7 comments Accessories, MedTech, Short Swings!
SeniorsSkiing Guide: Brian Head Resort

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Brian Head Resort

For a laid-back, inexpensive, Western ski vacation, perhaps with grandkids learning to ski or board, look into the southern comfort of Brian Head.

by January 22, 2019 0 comments West
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

There’s a pattern to most chairlift conversations. I usually start mine by asking: “Are you local?” My other go-to intros are a comment if it’s cold as hell or if it’s a bluebird day. Use any of these ice-breakers, and most people drop into the groove as easily as a needle on an old 78 (remember them?).  A double or[Read More…]

by January 18, 2019 0 comments Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

I write this column every week to share information and ideas about being in and on the snow. I haven’t yet had the pleasure of being there this season. It’s still a week or so off. Sometimes it’s clear what I’ll write about: there’s a new survey; we’ve published one of our annual lists; Big Skiing, Inc. is systematically removing[Read More…]

by January 11, 2019 4 comments Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

John Fry is an important thinker in the world of skiing. For many years he was editor-in-chief of SKI Magazine, and he was founding editor of Snow Country Magazine. He created Nastar and invented the Nations Cup of alpine ski racing by which the relative strengths of the world’s national ski teams are ranked annually. He was inducted into the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 1995.[Read More…]

by January 4, 2019 3 comments Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Some interesting comments on last week’s Short Swings! asking if older skiers and boarders are invisible to the people making business decisions about skiing. Reader Rich Spritz, a Breckenridge instructor, wrote that seniors don’t spend money and it makes sense that, resorts, being businesses, don’t give seniors their attention. There’s no question that the group he describes exists. I see[Read More…]

by December 21, 2018 7 comments Short Swings!
How Cozy Are Your Feet?

How Cozy Are Your Feet?

Cozy Feet. Happy Skier. That’s the headline for the APEX  Ski Boot System advertisement at the right of this article. It’s worth taking notice…especially with the unusual, limited time 20% discount to SeniorsSkiing.com readers. In  a reader survey from a few years ago, we asked which new equipment you intended to purchase in the coming season. 25% of you responded[Read More…]

by December 17, 2018 5 comments Boots, Other News
Jon's surprise birthday cake.

Piece of Cake

Here’s a picture of the birthday cake that, along with a lot of other things, surprised me last weekend. The side you don’t see had pine trees around the bottom. Looked good and tasted delicious. If you have a ski-related cake or other confection you’d like to share with the SeniorsSkiing.com community, send a picture to [email protected] or [email protected]

by December 13, 2018 2 comments Home Top Box 1
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Are older skiers and boarders invisible to the people making business decisions about skiing? Unless, you’re a marketer selling reverse mortgages, extended care facilities, pharmaceuticals, or walk-in bathtubs, most companies ignore our market segment. In the world of skiing corporate ski area consolidators are eliminating senior discounts, and ski makers haven’t bothered to present a product designed and presented for[Read More…]

by December 11, 2018 21 comments Short Swings!
Holiday Gifts For Senior Skiers

Holiday Gifts For Senior Skiers

If you’re still looking for something different and/or special for older snow enthusiasts, the following suggestions are discounted for SeniorsSkiing.com followers and can be ordered online. APEX Boot System is offering 20% off retail for SeniorsSkiing.com readers. This is the boot many olderskiers are talking about. It’s a good performer, comfortable, and let’s you walk with ease. No issues getting[Read More…]

by December 11, 2018 1 comment Accessories, Other News
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Twenty-seven thousand, three hundred and ninety-four days. Exactly, nine hundred months. On Wednesday I turned 75. For all but the first nine years, skiing has been my passion. Two things about me contribute to this craziness: I love being outside in the cold, and what I lack in athleticism, I’ve made up for with persistence. In Okemo’s early days, when[Read More…]

by December 7, 2018 2 comments Accessories, Short Swings!
Klaus Obermeyer

Klaus Obermeyer Turns 99

Klaus Obermeyer, the legendary skier and innovator, whose eponymous ski clothing brand is found almost everywhere, recently has his 99th birthday. The following interview with Klaus appeared in SeniorsSkiing.com, January 27, 2017: “It’s Easier To Ski Than To Walk.” Klaus Obermeyer is a skiing legend and innovator. The 97 year old founded Sport Obermeyer Ltdbased on insights about ski wear[Read More…]

by December 4, 2018 3 comments Snow Sports Leaders

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