Articles by: Jon Weisberg

Drumrolllll…2017-18 Trail Masters (all 106 of them) Announced

Drumrolllll…2017-18 Trail Masters (all 106 of them) Announced

Trail Masters are those SeniorsSkiing.com subscribers who reported that the number of days they played in the snow (ski/board/shoe) last season met or exceeded their number of years. For the 2017-18 season,106 people self-qualified. The season before, 77 Trail Masters were named, and in 2016-17, when the program launched, there were 42. Some readers have commented that the program favors[Read More…]

by October 17, 2018 5 comments TRAIL MASTERS
Two Reasonably Priced Gifts That Solve Getting Ski Boots Off and On

Two Reasonably Priced Gifts That Solve Getting Ski Boots Off and On

Other than warmth and comfort, the two big boot issues as we age are getting them on in the morning and off at the end of the day. If your home is slopeside, it may not be so much of a problem, but for those of us who boot up or off in lodge or lot, it can be a struggle.[Read More…]

by October 15, 2018 10 comments Gear, Other News
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

I rode a chair last season with a couple who got upset when they saw a dead porcupine on the trail below. They “knew” the animal from skiing there for several months. It looked like it had been attacked. I’ve seen a lot of animals while skiing over the years. Nothing larger than the moose who frequented part of The[Read More…]

by October 12, 2018 4 comments Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

I heard a massive avalanche one time. Chamonix in the late 60s. Several minutes later a fine dust covered everything. When it stopped, it was an inch or two deep. When you ski in the West, you often hear the early morning thuds of dynamite and bombs dislodging unstable slopes. It’s impressive. I like to seek silence, pausing in the[Read More…]

by October 5, 2018 5 comments Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

“Snow is the cosmetic of the Earth.” That’s one of many memorable lines from Moby Dick, Herman Melville’s masterpiece about one man’s obsession with the destruction of a gigantic white whale. Riding early morning lifts, especially on a powder day, brings Melville’s observation to life. The smooth, undulating surface conceals what’s below. My skiing dreams and day-dreams invariably show untouched[Read More…]

by September 27, 2018 4 comments Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

In my never-ending  battle with weight, I found myself wondering if we weigh more at sea level than we do in the mountains.  We do. It’s not a lot, but it is physically factual. The science of it has to do with gravitational pull, which is what weight is, and the size difference between the entire planet and you. Pretty[Read More…]

by September 21, 2018 0 comments Short Swings!
Dreaming of Skiing the Alps? Follow Warren Miller’s Advice: Don’t Delay.

Dreaming of Skiing the Alps? Follow Warren Miller’s Advice: Don’t Delay.

Warren Miller has been gone for less than a year, and his wisdom about not postponing your next ski adventure has been on my mind. There’s one experience in particular that beckons. It is based in the beautiful ancient village of Saint Vincent in the Aosta Valley in the western Alps, close to Mont Blanc, Zermatt, and Monte Rosa. Organized[Read More…]

by September 20, 2018 3 comments International
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

My wife and I have a long-running gag. She’ll say, “Life is short,” to which I’ll respond, “So are you.” Life IS short.  A brief opinion piece last week in The New York Times makes the point that we should squeeze as much out of our time as possible. The author writes: “…the appreciation of our own lives has much to[Read More…]

by August 24, 2018 0 comments Accessories, Short Swings!
This Is What You Told Us You Want

This Is What You Told Us You Want

A few months ago, we reported on the key finding from our Spring reader survey:   Grandparents are a significant influence getting grandkids into the sport. Once the kids have been introduced, almost 95% stay with it. Another significant finding is that 56% of respondents reported they spent between $1000 and $5000 per person last season on skiing, boarding, and[Read More…]

by August 23, 2018 6 comments Other News
Marker is recalling its 2017-18 Kingpin toe binding

Marker Recalls Some 2017/18 Touring Bindings

Possible steel pin breakage in Marker’s Kingpin models 10 and 13 may lead to lower release forces and result in falls, according to the manufacturer. The ski touring binding is targeted at the backcountry market. Marker is replacing the binding toes at no cost. If you have the binding contact your local Marker Authorized Retailer or visit https://www.marker.net/en-us/support/recall/ for assistance.

by July 26, 2018 2 comments Other News
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

An old story tells of a teacher who before summer break would always advise his students to do three things: Take one long walk. Read one good book. Make one new friend. It’s advice I try to follow.   Every day, before the heat sets in, I walk to the end of our road. It traverses a magnificent high desert[Read More…]

by July 20, 2018 0 comments Short Swings!
Jeep, Jon, Pam, and April high above Our, Colorado. Mark is behind the lens.

Short Swings!

Jeeping the High Country A few weeks ago we took the five hour drive to Ouray, Colorado, to escape our desert heat. Ouray sits at 7792′ surrounded by peaks in the San Juan Mountains in the southwest  section of the state. The scenic Victorian mining town rightfully calls itself “The Switzerland of America.” It’s 47 miles from Telluride on normal roads;[Read More…]

by June 22, 2018 2 comments Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Are older skiers the Rodney Dangerfields of the slopes? Sometimes it feels like ski resorts show us no respect. Consider that there are no Epic or Ikon senior discounts, and, in the case of some Ikon resorts, there no longer are local season passes and the senior discounts associated with them. Some of the big players are doing very well.[Read More…]

by May 17, 2018 6 comments Other News
Courtesy: Daily Mail

Skiing Grandparents Play Major Role Introducing Grandkids to Winter Sports

Grandparents who ski or board play a major role introducing their grandchildren to the sport. This is one of several significant findings from the April reader survey. It was the fifth SeniorsSkiing.com reader survey, and it produced the largest reader response to date. Fifty-eight percent of respondents identified as grandparents. The introduced more than 68% of their grandchildren to the[Read More…]

by May 16, 2018 6 comments Other News
Leaving Peek A Boo slot canyon.

Short Swings!

The Kindness of (Young) Strangers Last weekend Pam and I went canyoneering in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the vast expanse of public land between Capitol Reef National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Canyoneering may not be the correct term, as it generally describes the exploration of remote canyons requiring technical equipment and skills. Our destination was two popular slot[Read More…]

by April 19, 2018 1 comment Short Swings!

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