Articles by: Michael Maginn

November Road, Credit: M.Maginn

Snow In Literature: My November Guest

November Is A Forerunner. My November Guest By Robert Frost (1913) My sorrow, when she’s here with me, Thinks these dark days of autumn rain Are beautiful as days can be; She loves the bare, the withered tree; She walks the sodden pasture lane. Her pleasure will not let me stay. She talks and I am fain to list: She’s[Read More…]

by November 12, 2018 0 comments Features
The Woolly Bear knows what winter will bring. Credit: TheInfiniteSpide

Winter Weather Forecasting: From Caterpillars To El Nino

What Will The Winter Weather Be? There Are Many Ways Of Telling, So Place Your Bets. We grew up with several folk rules about forecasting the winter weather.  Most people know about the width of the bands of Woolly Bear caterpillars and the increased frenzy of squirrels gathering nuts and stowing them away. But did you also know that folklore[Read More…]

by September 19, 2018 4 comments Features
Conditioning Can Beat Sarcopenia: Pay Attention Seniors

Conditioning Can Beat Sarcopenia: Pay Attention Seniors

Sarcopenia Weakens Muscles In Aging Bodies, But It Can Be Managed. If you’ve been lax about starting, continuing, or expanding your current conditioning program, it is time to get with the program. Many seniors are susceptible to weakened muscle as a natural effect of aging. When was the last time you picked up trash barrel, laundry basket, your bike, kayak,[Read More…]

by September 19, 2018 1 comment Conditioning
Alone In The Woods Maine Guide Survival Manual

Alone In The Woods Maine Guide Survival Manual

Whether You Day Hike Or Trek, There Is Some Woodsy Wisdom You Need To Know. Several years ago, we stumbled on a unique resource to surviving in the woods if you become lost.  Now you might think that is probably something that won’t happen to you because you are either experienced, well-equipped, cautious about where you wander, or just lucky.[Read More…]

by July 16, 2018 0 comments Features
Still turning at Killington with one week to go. Credit: Aspen East Ski Shop

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (May 18)

Survey Results: Summer Activities, Summer Trail Prep, Sacropenia Defense. We are in high spring, as it were, as of this writing, and yet they are still squeezing out runs in Killington, VT, and will be until the end of May. Here’s a pic from last weekend from Aspen East Ski Shop’s Facebook page. And also at Killington, Scott Howard, (65)[Read More…]

by May 18, 2018 0 comments Features
John Henry Auran, journalist, raconteur, skier, sailor, innovator, enthusiast.

John Henry Auran: Ski Journalist Extraordinaire, Dies At 90

The Creative, Intense, Funny, Unique Journalist Will Be Remembered As One-Of-A-Kind. Ski journalist John Henry Auran was the kind of person you could never forget. I worked for John Henry, or JHA, as he was known to some, in the early 70s at SKIING Magazine, then located at One Park Avenue in New York City. Despite different life paths since[Read More…]

by April 30, 2018 9 comments Ski Heroes
Mystery Glimpse: First US Winter Olympic Medalist Was A Ski Jumper

Mystery Glimpse: First US Winter Olympic Medalist Was A Ski Jumper

Only Two Guesses, One Was Correct. Apparently, our last Mystery Glimpse of the season was fairly esoteric. We salute reader Patricia Gottshalk for identifying Anders Olsen Haugen, the US Ski Team member who was the first American to win a Winter Olympics medal. He won medals in the 1924 Olympics in Chamonix and the 1928 games in St. Moritz. In[Read More…]

by April 18, 2018 2 comments Features
Mystery Glimpse: He Was The First

Mystery Glimpse: He Was The First

This Well-Dressed Athlete Was The First Of Many. Thanks to the Colorado Ski And Snowboard Museum for sending this picture along. We’re reaching deep here, dear readers, and if you can get this one, we will be really impressed.  Who is he and what did he do that gave him a place in ski history? Last Week This is a[Read More…]

by April 12, 2018 4 comments Ski History
Mystery Glimpse: Choo-Choo!

Mystery Glimpse: Choo-Choo!

Where Are We And What’s Happening? Thanks to the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum for providing this picture from ski history.  The CS&SM is in the process of undergoing a $2.4 million renovation. The first of several exhibits, “Climb To Glory”, featuring the story of the 10th Mountain Division is now open. Other exhibits will be open at the end[Read More…]

by April 5, 2018 4 comments Ski History
Credit: FamilySkiNews

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (March 30)

Easter/Passover/Spring Arrives, Song Sample, Stumped-The-Crowd Mystery Glimpse, New XC Editor, Ski Boot History, Season Pass Quandary Redux, Big Sky Report, Big Party At Alta For 94-Year-Old Skiin’ Guy. This week is a milestone pivot point for the 2017-18 ski season; it’s Springtime in full glory, and ordinarily parkas come off, t-shirts abound, zaniness ensues, and the snow sport world looks[Read More…]

by March 30, 2018 0 comments Features
Mystery Glimpse: Who, Where, And What?

Mystery Glimpse: Who, Where, And What?

Here’s A Classic-Looking Skier In A Classic Pose. Looks like an instructor demonstrating to a kids’ class. Check the straps around his boots, and you will get a hint about the era depicted here. Don’t you love that turtleneck? No, parka, hmmm. Looks a little like California-stylin’.  That’s enough of a hint for this one. Who is he, where did[Read More…]

by March 29, 2018 7 comments Ski Heroes
Mystery Glimpse: Straight Down

Mystery Glimpse: Straight Down

Who Is This And What Is He Best Known For? Let’s see if you can identify this skier who blazed some very impressive trails back in the 40s and 50s. Hint: He was also a pilot.                     Last Week We are frequently impressed by the deep knowledge our readers have on[Read More…]

by March 21, 2018 5 comments Features
Mystery Glimpse: What’s The Story?

Mystery Glimpse: What’s The Story?

Dire Straits Require Heroic Acts. This week, a historic event for Mystery Glimpse.  Can you identify the characters involved in the above picture? What’s going on? Where are they headed? Why? And yes, they are skiing. Thanks to the New England Ski Museum, Franconia, NH, for hosting this jewel. Congratulations to NESM for opening its new branch in North Conway![Read More…]

by March 15, 2018 4 comments Ski History
Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, This Is Maine, It’s Gonna Snow

Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, This Is Maine, It’s Gonna Snow

The Half Moon Band Delivers Truth About Living In New England. It’s been snowing a lot around New England this March. Three Nor’easters in less than two weeks delivered plenty of snow and have basically rescued the spring skiing season for most resorts from Pennsylvania to Maine. But, there are people who think that snow is just frozen water that[Read More…]

by March 14, 2018 0 comments East, Features
This Week in SeniorsSkiing.com (March 9)

This Week in SeniorsSkiing.com (March 9)

Many of you took advantage of the new Discounts for Seniors page. New advertisers joined the program in the past week. We encourage you to visit the page and take a look. Jon and I are selecting advertisers we think you’ll like. To participate in the program, they commit to giving a decent discount. For example, Wild West Jerky is[Read More…]

by March 9, 2018 2 comments Features

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