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Articles by: Michael Maginn

Shape Up 1: Easy Starters for Seniors

Shape Up 1: Easy Starters for Seniors

Ease Into Shaping Up For Snow Sports With Five Basic Exercises. This is an archive article reprised from Oct, 2016. [Editor Note: It’s time to focus on strengthening legs and hips for snow sports.  This year, we are going to offer three “flights” of exercise with increasing challenge and intensity for the same group of muscles. We’ll publish these about[Read More…]

by August 28, 2019 5 comments Conditioning
Mystery Glimpse: Season Retrospective

Mystery Glimpse: Season Retrospective

Last Week This is an Engen family photo, depicting Alf Engen himself ski-joring over a mini-ski jump behind a cantering horse. According to Jon Green, from the Alf Engen Museum, Alf participated in ski-joring quite often in Jackson Hole and Sun Valley in the mid- to late-30s,  While he was most known as a ski jumper, having won the national[Read More…]

by April 23, 2019 0 comments Ski History
Credit: Alf Engen Museum

Mystery Glimpse: Up, Up And Giddy-Up

Horses And Skiing Have A History. Yes, skijoring.  But where, who, when?  Anyone ever skijor? What’s it like? Many thanks to the Alf Engen Museum, Park City, UT, for contributing this spirited photo of skijoring in (hint, hint) the West. The Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation was established in 1989 with a mission to preserve the rich history of skiing[Read More…]

by April 17, 2019 1 comment Ski History
Mystery Glimpse: A Rare Artifact

Mystery Glimpse: A Rare Artifact

What Is This? Who Used It? Why Is It A Rare Artifact Of Ski History? Last Week This is Betty Welch Whitney, born in Haverhill, MA, graduated from Smith College in 1923, and first went on a ski trip with the AMC in 1928. She remained an AMC member for life, and became a ski fashion and equipment buyer for[Read More…]

by April 3, 2019 2 comments Features
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 4 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 5 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

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