Articles by: Marc Liebman

70s Ski Testing: Defining How Skis Work

70s Ski Testing: Defining How Skis Work

Step 1: Inventing The Right Metrics [Editor Note: In this new series, former SKI editor Marc Liebman recounts how serious ski testing began as a way to provide consumers with objective information about ski performance.] In the early seventies, ski design was in the midst of a revolution that is still going on today.  It started in 1959 when Art[Read More…]

by January 17, 2019 4 comments Ski History
Safe Driving: Wrap Tires With Chains

Safe Driving: Wrap Tires With Chains

How Many Readers Carry Chains And Actually Know How To Mount Them? Back in the old days, many of us had knobby snow tires even studded ones mounted on a separate set of rims stashed in the corner of the garage, ready for mounting.  Tire designs and compounds changed over the years.  Snow tires still exist, but all season tires[Read More…]

by January 7, 2019 3 comments Features
70s Ski Testing: A New Series

70s Ski Testing: A New Series

This is the first in a series about Ski Magazine’s 1970s ski testing program called Ski Performance Prediction or SKIpp.  Its methodology combined engineering analysis as well as a structured series of on the snow maneuvers designed to bring out the best and worst of a ski under a variety of conditions. Part one of the series Determining How Skis[Read More…]

by January 2, 2019 0 comments Ski History
Gene Hackman and Robert Redford in "Downhill Racer" (1969). This heart throb loved to ski.

Guest Ski Tester

SKI Magazine Ski Testers Meet The Sundance Kid. Back in the early ‘70s, SKI Magazine (remember it?) developed a program called SKIpp that stood for “ski performance prediction” developed by the late John Perryman. He was a talented engineer who spent years in aerospace and worked with Howard Head at Head Ski Company. SKIpp had two parts, the laboratory analysis[Read More…]

by December 10, 2018 3 comments Remember When?
APEX Ski Boot combines a removable Open Chassis with a walkable boot.

APEX Ski Boot System: Rethinking Ski Boot Design

History Suggests That Designing A New Boot Is A Multi-Million Dollar Gamble. Just the molds for a plastic shell boot cost a million dollars, and that doesn’t include engineering costs and other expenses. Then there is the need to make it profitable when annual manufacturing runs are in the thousands, not hundreds of thousands or millions. These and other factors[Read More…]

by April 3, 2018 5 comments Boots
A Brief History of Why There Aren’t More Innovative Ski Boots

A Brief History of Why There Aren’t More Innovative Ski Boots

As a SeniorsSkiing.com reader, you may remember how much plastic inserts increased the lateral stiffness of your boots. Back in those days, if you were really cool, your boots were further stiffened when wrapped with a six-foot long thong. Then the plastic boot shell arrived, along with innovative designs from Rosemount, Scott and Hanson.           The[Read More…]

by March 27, 2018 13 comments Boots, Gear
Seriously Injured? High Fives Has A Program For You

Seriously Injured? High Fives Has A Program For You

A Community That Can Help You To Get Back To Athleticism. What if you suffer a life altering brain, spinal or physically limiting injury and want to ski again? Where do you turn? One place is the High Fives Foundation started by Ray Tuscany who was a ski racer who broke his back. After his injury, he founded High Fives[Read More…]

by March 5, 2018 1 comment Health
Stuff happens.  Be ready.
Credit: The Press Christchurch

What Else Should You Have In Your Car?

Don’t Get Stuck Without This Extra Safety Gear. Now that you have “The Box in the Back,” (see previous article) what else do you need to carry in your car? The list, strangely enough is short, but the items are necessary. The first four should be in your car all year round, not just the winter. So, without further ado,[Read More…]

by February 5, 2018 2 comments Features
Five Questions To Ask Before Taking A Lesson

Five Questions To Ask Before Taking A Lesson

If You Haven’t Taken A Lesson In A While, These Questions Can Reassure You Are Getting What You Need. Last week, we listed five scenarios when you should consider taking a lesson. The next logical question is how do I figure out whether or not the ski school and/or the instructor can help me? The bad news is that there[Read More…]

by January 23, 2018 3 comments Features
A ski class practicing kick turns at Peckett's-on-Sugar Hill, 1930s, where, for the first time, Americans could take lessons with skilled Austrian.
Credit: Concord Monitor

When Should A Senior Skier Take A Lesson?

Five Good Reasons To Join A Class. [Editor Note: In a SeniorsSkiing.com Survey, 30 percent of respondents revealed they took a lesson sometime during the season. Why? Correspondent Marc Liebman  found out five core reasons lessons might be a good idea.] Back in the days when I was on the staff of Ski Magazine responsible for all its ski equipment[Read More…]

by January 17, 2018 7 comments Features
This can happen.  If it does, you'll be glad you have the "Box."

The Box In The Back

When You Need “The Box” For Survival, You Really Need It. Most people think driving to a ski area is a routine trip. Before they leave, they check and recheck what they think are the most important items—ski equipment. That’s not the only “equipment” you should bring. Back in the good old days when the back seats of our all[Read More…]

by January 11, 2018 4 comments Features
Marc,71, left, and brother Scott, 61 at top of Snowbird Tram

Three Lessons Learned From 157,906 Vertical Feet In Six Days

No, This Is Not Bragging. My brother and I have proof through an app we used to track our movements. More important than the great early March skiing at Snowbird, Solitude, Park City and Deer Valley, were three takeaways that should interest senior skiers… Lesson #1. We found lift ticket bargains in two flavors – military discounts and over 70.[Read More…]

by March 21, 2017 4 comments Other News
Marc Liebman recommends elliptical training for senior skiers.

Adapting your workout to your age.

Stamina, skiing and senior skiers. Have you noticed that the older you get, you have to work out harder to maintain an ever-decreasing level of conditioning?  Yeah, yeah, yeah…  I know all the reasons but the reality is vigorous work-outs just delay the inevitable.  As we get older our: Bodies aren’t as flexible; Bones are more brittle; Muscles don’t recover[Read More…]

by March 8, 2017 7 comments Conditioning
From Level 30-Level 71: A Skier’s Journey Through Time

From Level 30-Level 71: A Skier’s Journey Through Time

How “Moving Up The Levels” Kept Changing This Skier’s Style. Kids and millennials often brag about getting to level 4 or 5 on a video game. To relate, I tell them I’m level 71 as in seventy-one years old. What I ski and how I ski has changed as I’ve moved up levels. For the record, I’m a former ski[Read More…]

by January 30, 2017 5 comments Features