Articles by: Michael Maginn

OpenSnow Compared US and International Models
Credit: OpenSnow

Winter 2015 Forecast: Maybe Snow, Maybe Not

Handicapping 2014-2015 winter can lead to confident-sounding but wrong predictions. By now, you’ve noticed that the weather in the past few years has become a series of conversation-starting, concern-causing, head-scratching, question-asking phenomena.  Last winter was—as they say down east— a “hoser”.  In the Northeast, we had the most persistent, bitterly cold winter in memory.  According to the National Weather Service, New[Read More…]

by September 9, 2014 0 comments Home Top Box 3
Sugarbush Offers$199 Mid-Week Boomer Season Pass.  Thank you, Sugarbush.

Sugarbush Offers$199 Mid-Week Boomer Season Pass. Thank you, Sugarbush.

Thanks, Sugarbush, For The Deal!     Sugarbush Resort is offering a wonderful deal: Mid-week season pass for $199 for 65+ skiers.   For mid-week Boomer skiers, this is a good thing.  Thanks, Sugarbush, for acknowledging senior skiers. Click here to BUY NOW.

by September 8, 2014 0 comments East
When Skiing Was New: Early Scenes From 30s To 50s

When Skiing Was New: Early Scenes From 30s To 50s

Skiing was once considered a fad like Mah-Jong.  That was a long time ago. Here’s a seven-minute series of clips from John Jay’s “Ski Down The Years”, a visual history of skiing from the early days of rope tows in the mid-30s in New England to the FIS championships at Aspen in 1950.  From our current perspective, those initial attempts appear[Read More…]

by August 18, 2014 1 comment Home Top Box 2, Ski History
Incredible.
Credit: Nate Wallace/GoPro

Powder Skiing Fantasy in Swiss Alps

 GoPro Channel hosts unbelievable footage from little camera. Can you see how Nate Wallace is doing this?  He’s holding a little GoPro camera on the end of an aluminum pole.  The effect shows that this kind of powder skiing is nothing short of exhilarating.  If you’ve never tried deep powder, this is what it’s like.  Click here to be transported. Truly like a dream.

by August 11, 2014 0 comments International
Christian Mulhausen's video shows the Matterhorn as a player in terrestrial and celestial theatre.

Matterhorn In Motion

The Peak: Swiss Videographer Makes The Mountain Come Alive. Christian Mulhauser is a young, self-taught Swiss photographer and videographer who, in this short clip has managed to capture the magnificence of the Matterhorn.  The different sequences are dynamic; no longer does the peak look like a silent statute; instead, it is a player in a vastly changing environment.

by July 29, 2014 1 comment Destinations
Strut from butt to boot
Credit: Dan Leeth

CADS: How to Add Years to Your Skiing

An ingenious invention extends your ability to ski well on not-so-great knees On the high side of usefulness for seniors, we find CADS, a remarkable body weight suspension system for skiers and riders that reportedly helps relieve knee pressure by acting as a spring between your butt and your knees.  Instead of gravity relentlessly pressing down—using your knees as a fulcrum—CADS[Read More…]

by July 23, 2014 1 comment Accessories, Features
It's quite the hat.

This Old Moriarty Hat

Who owns a hat for 50 years?  Well, if it’s a Moriarty hat, perhaps you understand why. Getting ready to shovel the driveway one cold morning last winter, I reached to the top shelf of the hall closet for a hat.  My fingers felt the double-thick headband of my old Moriarty hat tucked up out of sight.  I pulled it[Read More…]

by July 14, 2014 7 comments Accessories, Remember When?
First Ski Area and Resort Survey Results Coming Soon!

First Ski Area and Resort Survey Results Coming Soon!

We were curious about what ski areas and resorts were doing to accommodate the rapidly growing number of senior snow enthusiasts who were coming to play.  So, we launched our First Ski Area and Resort Survey, polling a number of key areas in the US and Canada about lift discounts, amenities and special deals for seniors.  The Good News:  There[Read More…]

by July 2, 2014 0 comments Destinations
Remember this?

Remember this?

He isn’t falling.  He’s demonstrating a ski technique from the 70s practiced by jet-setting ski racers.  What is it called?

by March 3, 2014 3 comments Nostalgia, Remember When?
Long Time Between Runs

Long Time Between Runs

It is a sunny and cold Thursday morning in early February.  There are a handful of other skiers on the mid-New Hampshire ski area lift.  I decide to go right at the top.  Trail is untouched, the corduroy grooming marks fresh and waiting.  I turn, effortless.  Ahhh.  I turn again, making a big, wide arc.  The feeling is like floating,[Read More…]

by February 28, 2014 0 comments Conditioning, Nostalgia, Remember When?

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