Articles by: Michael Maginn

Credit: New England Ski Museum archive

Mystery Glimpse: This Lady Created The First…

…What? Hints:  New Hampshire. She went to Smith. Her husband’s last name was the name of the creation. Many thanks to the New England Ski Museum, now with an Eastern Slope branch in North Conway, NH, in addition to their home base at the foot of the Cannon Mountain gondola, Franconia. Last Week Yes, Buddy Werner is the skier on[Read More…]

by March 19, 2019 2 comments Features, Ski History
Race day at Ski For Light. Credit: Pam Owen

Ski For Light: A Blind Skier’s Experience

Part 1: The Skier [Editor Note: We met Chris Leghorn in a local North Shore community acoustic music jam. She sang and played her Martin HD 28 with both gusto and gentleness, depending on the song. In talking with her, we learned she had taken part in 19 Ski For Light events since 2001 as a cross country skier.  She[Read More…]

by March 14, 2019 1 comment Features
Lots of clues here. Who's in the speed suit?

Mystery Glimpse: 1964 Racer

Who Do We Have In The Tucked Position? Thanks again to the Tread of Pioneers Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO, for contributing this picture from its archives. Last Week If you recall, Brodie Mt was nicknamed “The Irish Alps”, because on St. Paddy’s Day it was definitely the place for skiers to be. It was also the domain of a creative,[Read More…]

by March 13, 2019 5 comments Features
Correspondent Don Burch (l) and Co-Publisher Mike Maginn pose before heading out. Credit: Tamsin Venn

Mike On A Fat Bike On Snow

A Fat Bike Neophyte Takes To The Trails. Here’s What’s Different. Exploring alternative snow sports always interests us.  We like snowshoeing around the woods when the snow is too deep for cross-country skiing. We go ice-skating on the pond behind the house when it gets cold enough and there’s no snow cover, an uncommon combination. We even tried snow camping,[Read More…]

by March 6, 2019 2 comments Destinations, East
Mystery Glimpse: Erin Go Grind

Mystery Glimpse: Erin Go Grind

Read The Hints, Connect The Dots. Boiler plate, locally manufactured, Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Irish-tinged ski area. Got it? What is this? Who invented it? Last Week This is the famous Al Johnson, ski legend of the Rockies.  According to the Colorado Snowsports Museum, which contributed this picture, Al was a superb skier before he came to Crystal, CO, from[Read More…]

by March 6, 2019 4 comments Features
Perhaps you've seen this picture of Lake Tahoe's cumulative snow this season. Awesome, wow.
Credit: Active NorCal

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (March 1)

[Editor Note: We thank each reader who offered a donation to help us defray expenses. We are extremely grateful and humbled.  We are preparing mailings to our contributors that will begin to go out next week. Thank you so much.] Something Happening Here, Early Colorado Ski Jumping, Resort Reviews: Wolf Creek, E-Bike Italy, NSAA Meeting Report. Indeed, something is happening[Read More…]

by March 1, 2019 1 comment Features
Two jumpers? Looks like a long time ago.

Mystery Glimpse: More Ski Jumping

[Editor Note: As the new year begins, SeniorsSkiing.com is again asking our readers to contribute to support our online magazine. Yes, we have grown in the number of subscribers and advertisers. But our expenses have also grown. You can help us defray some of these expenses by helping us out with a donation.  This year, we have a mix of[Read More…]

by February 20, 2019 3 comments Ski History
Mystery Glimpse: Jumpin’ Big

Mystery Glimpse: Jumpin’ Big

[Editor Note: As the new year begins, SeniorsSkiing.com is again asking our readers to contribute to support our online magazine. Yes, we have grown in the number of subscribers and advertisers. But our expenses have also grown. You can help us defray some of these expenses by helping us out with a donation.  This year, we have a mix of[Read More…]

by February 14, 2019 3 comments Features
Mystery Glimpse: Tow Line

Mystery Glimpse: Tow Line

[Editor Note: As the new year begins, SeniorsSkiing.com is again asking our readers to contribute to support our online magazine. Yes, we have grown in the number of subscribers and advertisers. But our expenses have also grown. You can help us defray some of these expenses by helping us out with a donation.  This year, we have a mix of[Read More…]

by February 6, 2019 4 comments Features
Mystery Glimpse: Divine Intervention

Mystery Glimpse: Divine Intervention

Special Times On The Mountain Top Here’s another challenging picture from the Colorado Snowsports Museum. Something is going on, obviously, on this mountain. What’s happening? Who arranged it and for what purpose? When? Take your best guess down in the Comments box below. Last Week This magnificent photo was taken in 1952 at the Alta ski area. It is part[Read More…]

by January 30, 2019 5 comments Features
Mystery Glimpse: Trackless World Of Snow

Mystery Glimpse: Trackless World Of Snow

Alpine Universe Now here’s an amazing picture from the Alf Engen Museum, Park City, UT.  What are we looking at? What’s the place? And, more importantly, who took the picture?  No, not Ansel Adams, but close. Last Week Yes, indeed, the Very Special Guest was Princess Elizabeth who visited the Mittersill Alpine Resort near Cannon Mt., NH, in 1951, probably[Read More…]

by January 22, 2019 2 comments Features
Mystery Glimpse: Very Special Guest

Mystery Glimpse: Very Special Guest

Look Who Came To Visit This is a challenging Mystery Glimpse.  Here’s a page from the register of an inn. Who is the Very Special Guest? Can you name the inn this guest stayed in back in 1951? Hint: New Hampshire. Hint 2: Think of Tyrolean-themed chalets. Hint 3: It’s all because of the Baron. Last Week Yes, these are[Read More…]

by January 17, 2019 6 comments Features
Mystery Glimpse: This Isn’t Easy

Mystery Glimpse: This Isn’t Easy

Bombing Down What is going on here? Party? Race? One thing we will tell you is that this looks like (and was) a very tricky maneuver on skis. One resort made these famous.  Name it? The inventor?  Thanks again to the Colorado Snowsports Museum at Vail. Last Week Indeed, this is Alf and Alan Engen doing some father and son ski[Read More…]

by January 8, 2019 6 comments Features
Mystery Glimpse: Who’s Flyin’?

Mystery Glimpse: Who’s Flyin’?

Airborne Family Members. Who is airborne? Can you guess where?  Hint: We can’t tell you the name of the museum that contributed this picture. Know why? Last Week Only one reader got this one.  The enthusiastic boarder is Shannon Dunn-Downing, the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic snowboard medal with a halfpipe bronze in 1998. Shannon was the first woman[Read More…]

by January 1, 2019 4 comments Features
Turning off traction control to see how the Big Red Truck behaves. Credit: Martin Griff

Winter Driving: Where’s Your Car’s TC Button?

An Eye-Opening Lesson From Team O’Neil Rally School About Spinning Tires And Traction Control In Snow. At this past week’s Northeast Winter Weather Summit held at Stratton Mountain, VT., we had a chance to do some driving, spinning, skidding, and generally driving like a cowboy home from the range on a controlled, enclosed test area with mixed conditions: gravel, ice,[Read More…]

by December 6, 2018 5 comments Features

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