Articles by: Jon Weisberg

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
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

A friend recently commented that a key to greater happiness is to lower our expectations. It took a few days before I understood what he was saying. In some cultures, unhappiness can be traced to the variance between what we have learned to expect and what we have come to experience. Lowering expectations can change that, without lowering our standards.[Read More…]

by November 30, 2018 2 comments Short Swings!
The Italian Dolomites: Skiing Perfection

The Italian Dolomites: Skiing Perfection

There are times when I crave beautiful mountain scenery and the pure joy of skiing groomers. This March, my wife and I will spend a week or so cruising through the magnificent Dolomites; staying along the way in pretty lodges with spectacular views. The World’s Largest Ski-Pass NetworkWe’ll be with the outfitter, Inspired ITALY, on Ski Safari in the world’s largest ski-pass[Read More…]

by November 29, 2018 7 comments International
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Here’s an idea that may be of interest to a handful of readers. As part of our month-long ski trip to the Alps, I will spend the week of March 10 with Alpskitour, skiing with a guide in Italy’s Aosta Valley. I’m inviting a handful of SeniorsSkiing.com readers to share the experience. Alpskitour is based in the small city of[Read More…]

by November 23, 2018 6 comments Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Last evening we celebrated our fifth year of publishing with a party in New York City. The crowd that showed up had a good time. Many walked away with raffle prizes.       The idea for a magazine dedicated to older skiers, boarders, and snowshoers developed over several years. Living in Park City, I saw that, midweek, almost everyone[Read More…]

by November 16, 2018 7 comments Short Swings!
Now Available: List of Best 2019 Skis For Seniors

Now Available: List of Best 2019 Skis For Seniors

We just published the list of 2019 skis identified as the best for older skiers. The 61 selected skis generally have a softer flex, which helps them engage snow with minimal exertion, allowing older skiers to turn more easily and to ski longer without tiring. Twenty-one women’s models are included. The skis were selected during the annual national ski evaluation[Read More…]

by November 14, 2018 0 comments Gear, Skis
Photo: Rylo

Short Swings!

I keep a list of the places I’ve skied since I was 10. In a few weeks, I’ll be 75. The list totals 85 areas, mostly the US and Canada. The others are in the French and Swiss Alps. One, an indoor area that no longer exists, was in Japan. That, and the recent addition of Canada to our annual[Read More…]

by November 9, 2018 6 comments Short Swings!
Additions to List of US and Canadian Areas Where Seniors Ski Free

Additions to List of US and Canadian Areas Where Seniors Ski Free

Last week we published our annual list of resorts where seniors can ski free. For the first time, we added the results of our survey of all Canadian ski areas. Several readers notified us of areas with free skiing privileges that we had overlooked. They include Arizona Snow Bowl (AZ), Boreal (CA), Loveland (CO), Bellayre (NY), and Cataloochee (NC). Catalooche requires you to be 65.[Read More…]

by November 8, 2018 6 comments Other News
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

We tend to give our gear more attention when storing it after the old season than when getting it ready for the new one. Whether or not that describes your approach, it’s important to give skis and boots a careful once-over before getting back on the hill. You may have gained or lost some pounds, or your skill level may[Read More…]

by November 2, 2018 1 comment Short Swings!
You’re Invited!  SeniorsSkiing.com’s Fifth Anniversary Party

You’re Invited! SeniorsSkiing.com’s Fifth Anniversary Party

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by November 1, 2018 1 comment Other News
AVAILABLE NOW! First-Ever List of 145 US/Canadian Resorts Where Seniors Ski Free

AVAILABLE NOW! First-Ever List of 145 US/Canadian Resorts Where Seniors Ski Free

Free skiing is available for older skiers at 145 resorts in 26 states and five Canadian provinces this season.   Each resort requires a specific age for free skiing. The youngest is 55; the oldest, 90. Those 70 years and older have a choice of 69 ski areas. This is the first time Canadian resorts are included in the directory.[Read More…]

by October 31, 2018 19 comments Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

World War II produced many heroes. One of Norway’s best known died earlier this week. Joachim Ronneberg led the ski-assisted raid that destroyed the facility where Nazis were producing “heavy water,” a component they would have used to produce an atomic bomb. He was 23 when, according to his obituary in the The New York Times, he and eight other[Read More…]

by October 26, 2018 1 comment Nostalgia, Short Swings!
Peace of Mind: Simplified and Inexpensive Ski/Board Insurance

Peace of Mind: Simplified and Inexpensive Ski/Board Insurance

Safe Descents provides ski and snowboard evacuation insurance in an uncomplicated manner and at very attractive prices. I just purchased coverage for the entire season for $56.99. For that amount, Safe Descents covers any ambulance or air evacuation services if I’m injured in-bounds at any ski resort in the United States. That’s in addition to other coverage like sending a[Read More…]

by October 25, 2018 7 comments Other News
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Most people who love skiing take an interest in its history. Preserving and promoting that history is the mission of the International Skiing History Association (ISHA), a volunteer and membership organization that deserves our collective support. Among other things, ISHA publishes Skiing History, a delightful bi-monthly magazine available in digital and print versions. SeniorsSkiing.com subscribers are eligible to receive a free[Read More…]

by October 19, 2018 0 comments Short Swings!, Ski History

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