Articles by: Tamsin Venn

Coasting Most Of The Way

Coasting Most Of The Way

Senior Cyclists Love Gravity And Vice Versa. Pedaling up and down hills on a mountain bike has its rewards, but we prefer trails that have an emphasis on the downhill. We suggest three great places in the White Mountains of New Hampshire at or near ski areas to do just that. Important: We use suspension mountain bikes that absorb the[Read More…]

by August 23, 2018 1 comment East
Medaling were left to right: Leigh Breidenbach (Turner). Ginny Bousum (Kingfield), Paul Rogers (Camden), Jill Gray (Farmington),  Michael Becker (Winthrop), Tip Kimball (Cumberland Center)
Credit: David Eden

New Legends In The Making

Ski Museum Of Maine Holds First Annual Seniors Race. Just when the afternoon light was at its best, the Ski Museum of Maine hosted its first Legends of Maine GS Race at Sunday River. The goal was to benefit the growing museum based in Kingfield as well as to show racing for seniors is both doable and fun. Twenty skiers,[Read More…]

by March 19, 2018 0 comments East, Features
California-Comstock mine shaft entrance 
is on the tour. Credit: Tamsin Venn

There’s Silver In Them Thar Hills!

Park City: Visit Silver Mining Museum Sites On Skis. Led by Utah’s Park City Mountain Resort guides, the new Silver to Slopes tour skis you to various relics of the mining history scattered throughout beautiful scenery. More than 1,000 miles of tunnels lie beneath the slopes here. We ride up the McConkey Express with our amiable guide Jim Brown. He[Read More…]

by March 5, 2018 1 comment Destinations, West
There are lots of blues at Smuggler's for cruising seniors.
Credit: Tamsin Venn

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Smuggs Not Just For Kids

Smuggler’s Notch Feels Like Way-Back-When But With Up-To-Date Conveniences. Smugglers’ Notch is the well-known kid-friendly ski area in northern Vermont. That same dedication to fun also makes it a good area for seniors. Start with the intermediate trails winding off the two upper Mountains—Madonna, 3,640 feet, and Sterling, 3,040 feet. They urge your skis to turn as they follow the[Read More…]

by February 26, 2018 0 comments East
Billy Kidd, first American to medal in Alpine skiing, has lived in SBS since 1970. Here he is at 20.
Credit: TOP

Tread Of Pioneers: A Blast From the Past

Quaint Museum Reveals Steamboat Spring’s Rich History. In 1947 an AP dispatch to 1,000 daily papers dubbed Steamboat Springs, Colo., “Ski Town, USA” with the declaration that of its 1,700 residents, 1,685 were skiers. The others were children under the age of one. Enthusiasm for skiing run deeps in this town. And you can learn all about it at The[Read More…]

by January 30, 2018 2 comments Ski History
The base lodge harkens back to the early 60s, nostalgia for many seniors.
Credit: Tamsin Venn

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Pat’s Peak With Little Hobbits

And Grandparent Hobbitts, Too. Skiing with grandchildren is one of grandparents’ great joys and comes with perks: easier slopes, hot chocolate breaks, and slower (maybe) pace. Some ski areas are more finely tuned to multi-generational skiing than others, based not just on the amenities but the spirit of the area. Pat’s Peak in Henniker, southern N.H., is one such place.[Read More…]

by January 22, 2018 3 comments East, Resort Reviews
Ah, a balmy 0 degrees. In New England lately, 0 is the new 40.
Credit: Tamsin Venn

Baby, It’s Cold Outside. Really Cold.

Here Are 10 Tips For Seniors Dealing With Cold Cold Temps. I posted here awhile ago about the benefits of skiing in the rain. Another unpopular time to ski is in extreme cold. The upside is you have the slopes to yourself. Unless you don’t. When skiing in Stowe over the recent holiday in frigid conditions, I was astonished by[Read More…]

by January 3, 2018 5 comments East, Features
How many silly ski instructors does it take to change a ski’s load capacity?
Credit: Tamsin Venn

Becoming A Ski Instructor At An Advanced Age

Consider A Second Career For Fun, Fitness, Fulfillment. Many SeniorsSkiing.com readers are seriously committed to skiing, and many have the experience, time and skills to actually teach skiing. Here are ten good reasons you should consider working as a ski instructor. Plenty of other advanced age ski instructors are doing the same thing. You are in good company. You are[Read More…]

by November 28, 2017 5 comments Features
WhyKnotFishing guide Matt Zimmerman teaches how-to kayak and fish in Marblehead Harbor.
Credit: Tamsin Venn

Kayak Angling: A New Sport To Consider

Summer Is The Time To Try On A New Sport. As a publisher of a sea kayaking magazine in the off season, I have witnessed the huge growth in the popularity of kayak fishing. It has been an opportunity for avid fisher people to get into the sport without the expense of a motorboat and launching and mooring fees, plus[Read More…]

by June 19, 2017 0 comments Features
Indie Ski Club members get ready to ski Mountain Masters: left to right:
Anne Kelvin, Laryn Peterson, Marilyn Rader, Janet Zusman, Sue Johnson
Credit: Tamsin Venn

SeniorsSkiing Guide: At Steamboat Let Mountain Masters Be Your Guide

Popular Program For Seniors Offers Guided Skiing All Day. For Free. On one of those perfect bluebird Colorado days, I rode up the Gondola at Steamboat (www.Steamboat.com) with a group of women from the Indianapolis Ski Club (www.indyskiclub.org), who thought I was one of them. All us skiers look alike in our goggles and helmets. They were spending a week[Read More…]

by March 14, 2017 6 comments Resort Reviews, West
New hotel offers ski-out access to uncrowded trails.
Credit: Burke Mountain

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Burke Mtn, VT—Basic And Friendly

A Swanky New Hotel On The Mountain Is A Magnet For Those Who Love The Basics. “Burke is what skiing used to be. It’s back to the basics. We’re just happy here,” says Barb Mader who with husband, Don, ski 80 days a year at this laid-back mountain high in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. They stretch the season at[Read More…]

by February 24, 2017 1 comment East
Park City Mountain Resort connects to The Canyons, making the largest ski area in North America
Credit: Park City Mountain Resort

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Rocking And Rolling For Seniors At Park City

The Largest Ski Area In The US Has Something For Everyone. The choice of skiing at Park City, UT, just got more mind boggling. Last year, Vail Ski Resorts linked Park City and The Canyons via the Quicksilver gondola on Pine Cone Ridge. Voila: a ski area of 7,300 acres with 41 lifts, and 324 runs, currently the largest ski[Read More…]

by January 31, 2017 7 comments Resort Reviews
SeniorsSkiing Guide: Easy Going At Bretton Woods

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Easy Going At Bretton Woods

Seniors (65-79) Ski For $25 Mid-Week At This Classic NH Gem. Down Cascade, up to Rosebrook Summit, down Upper Swoop, down Cascade, across to Diamond Ridge, down Deception Bowl, up the Bethlehem Express, down Big Ben, up Zephyr High Speed Quad, down Granny’s Grit. The skiing at Bretton Woods, NH, was so smooth and our trips so fast, that you[Read More…]

by January 23, 2017 0 comments East, Resort Reviews
SeniorsSkiing Guide: Deer Valley—Service And Senior-Friendliness

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Deer Valley—Service And Senior-Friendliness

14 Things Seniors Love About Deer Valley.  Read on. Monday morning, 9 a.m. Deer Valley Resort, UT. Members of the Park City Mountain Sports Club are buckling their boots. Their goal? Be safe, have fun. Typically, about 20-25 members, mostly retirees who scoff at Florida’s balmy temperatures, gather in groups of blue, double blue, or black to ski the smooth[Read More…]

by January 9, 2017 0 comments Resort Reviews
Stein thrilled visitors to Park City with his aerial flips. He was a gymnast in school and his graceful moves influenced several generations of free stylers.
Credit: Park City

Stein Eriksen Honored

Pioneer of Modern Skiing and Beloved Park City Community Member Remembered. Stein Eriksen’s kind demeanor and passion for alpine skiing defined him in equal measure. An accomplished gymnast, Stein transformed skiing by integrating aerials and other acrobatics into the sport. Stein proudly represented his home country of Norway in the 1952 Oslo Olympic Winter Games, winning gold in giant slalom[Read More…]

by January 4, 2017 2 comments Ski Heroes

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