Articles by: Tamsin Venn

Credit: Loon Mountain

Enjoying the Rites of Spring

Soft snow, warm sunshine, no crowds. Looking for the rites of spring skiing in New England, early April we set our sights on Loon Mountain in New Hampshire, a direct drive north on I-93. As most of us know, the best spring skiing is from 9 a.m.-noon (maybe 1 p.m.), after which corn snow turns to mush or cement depending[Read More…]

by April 14, 2022 1 comment Destinations, East
Now in the Park City Museum, this "subway" car used to transport skiers into the mountain, where they would enter an elevator and travel to the base of the Thayne's chair.

The Skier’s Subway: Most Unusual Lift in Skidom

Park City, Utah started as a mining camp in the 19th century, transferred business from silver mining to skiing in the early 1960s and never looked back. These days Park City Mountain Resort, owned by Vail Resorts, has about 1,200 miles of underground tunnels and shafts and mining structures all over the mountain that you ski by and over along 348[Read More…]

by March 31, 2022 0 comments Ski History, Home Top Box 2, Other News
Like many of its patrons, Deer Valley is extremely well-groomed. Source: Deer Valley

Deer Valley Resort: Great Skiing; Great Service; Great Food

Like many of its patrons, Deer Valley is extremely well-groomed. Source: Deer Valley Deer Valley Resort is just easier. Easier to ski, easier to get to, easier to gear up for the day (free overnight ski and boot check). As a senior skier, I’m totally on board with that. A few minutes drive or free bus from ski town Park[Read More…]

It's steeper than it looks. Credit: Tamsin Venn

Tips To Better Smartphone Photos

Don’t Lug Your DSLR. Smartphones Can Do It. Do you want to take better photos with your Smartphone? Transform your friends into Alpine or Nordic heroes? Mark D. Phillips, a former AP photographer, is used to lugging around SLRs and long telephoto lenses for photographing ski racing. Increasingly, for sheer convenience, he uses an Smartphone to get good high quality[Read More…]

by January 26, 2021 0 comments Features
Get Smart About Back Country Skiing

Get Smart About Back Country Skiing

It’s Socially Distanced For Sure. And Could Be Dangerous. The number of skiers and split boarders heading into the backcountry is skyrocketing as we search for ways to avoid ski areas’ confusing restrictions on lift capacity and parking plus social distance. Sales of skis, boots, skins, probes, and shovels are up (137 percent in the past three years). Trailheads are[Read More…]

by January 3, 2021 1 comment Features
Dreamcatcher at The Canyons. Plenty of snow already for the new season.

Utah Preview: What You Can Expect

Key Take-Away: Know Before You Go. In these uncertain times, one thing is sure: Utah powder. As of this writing (mid-November), several Utah resorts had bases of two feet or more. Here are some updates of what you will see at Utah ski areas this winter.  In Little Cottonwood Canyon, Alta is limiting the number of parking spaces, on a[Read More…]

by November 30, 2020 0 comments West
This is an online message from Mt. Hotham, a popular Australian ski resort the eventually closed for a good portion of the season this year. Could we be seeing these messages here?

Ski Areas Ready For 2020-21 Season

This Is Probably Not The Year To Try To Ski Your Age. Precautions may reduce the number of days you ski, but rest assured that resort managers have been huddling on defensive plays. They got a head start this summer when we all flocked outdoors to bike, hike, paddle, and golf. “We feel there is going to be a strong[Read More…]

by November 5, 2020 0 comments Features
Sugarloaf is a big mountain with lots of choices for all levels.

SeniorsSkiingGuide: Seniors Love Sugarloaf

For Many Many Reasons. Located in Maine’s western mountains, Sugarloaf is farther away than other New England resorts, with underpopulated weekdays, giving you more room to roam. It is rugged and unpretentious which draws one of the most loyal following of skiers in New England. The setting is a lone behemoth, third highest peak in Maine at 4,249 feet. It[Read More…]

by March 26, 2020 5 comments East
Topnotch At Stowe: Ski, Relax, Recharge

Topnotch At Stowe: Ski, Relax, Recharge

A Great Spot Close To The Big Mountain. As one person said, Stowe, VT, takes its wellness seriously and nowhere is that more apparent than at Topnotch Resort. The 120-acre wooded getaway is a place to recharge and refuel in a calm and soothing environment. The attractive, minimalist hotel has just 68 rooms, plus two restaurants. From the minute you[Read More…]

by March 11, 2020 2 comments East
Backcountry skiing is different, requires planning and gear. Credit: Bolton Valley

Alpine Backcountry Touring Primer In Bolton Valley

Three Things to Do And Not To Do While Alpine Backcountry Touring. For those who have never tried Alpine Touring, Bolton Valley near Burlington, Vt., offers an intro to backcountry skiing every Saturday morning out of the spacious Sports Center near the main lifts. That is due to a recent change in Bolton Valley ownership. Three years ago former owner[Read More…]

by March 4, 2020 2 comments East
Northern VT mountain-scape on the way to the Slayton Lodge. Credit: Tamsin Venn

Trapp Family Lodge: Some Favorite Nordic Things

[Editor Note: SeniorsSkiing.com is 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.] Support SeniorsSkiing.com by clicking here. ______________________________________________________ A Ski Tour At The Legendary Resort[Read More…]

by February 26, 2020 3 comments East
Blue skies, top of the world at Deer Valley. Credit: Tamsin Venn

Deer Valley: Win-Win For Two Generations

Convincing Reasons Why Two Generations Love Deer Valley. We recently returned from our annual January family trip to Utah, with our 20-somethings joining us. Utah is currently experiencing record snowfall with more than 300 inches and more on the way. Aside from snow, here are reasons why two generations love Deer Valley, ranked consistently as one of the top ten[Read More…]

by January 27, 2020 6 comments West, Destinations
Most of the trails at Snowbasin wind up at the Needles Gondola. Credit: Tamsin Venn

Snowbasin Goes Epic

Uncrowded, Beautiful Views, Variety Of Terrain, No Hotels. Older skiers would really like Snowbasin outside Ogden, UT. You have nearly 3,000 acres in which to avoid other skiers and 3,000 vertical feet to get some rhythm going. A remotish location keeps lines short midweek. Lifts whisk you up to the top of six scenic, craggy peaks: two high-speed gondolas, three[Read More…]

by April 16, 2019 2 comments West
SeniorsSkiing Guide: Sunapee Goes Epic

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Sunapee Goes Epic

Seniors Can Still Get A Mid-Week Pass At A Big Discount Before April 14. Sunapee in New Hampshire went Epic this past winter, joining Stowe and Okemo, Vt., as Vail Resort’s three footholds in the East. Sunapee draws many locals from neighboring towns plus a hefty day crowd from the Boston area. Parking lots fill up early on weekends. Midweek[Read More…]

by April 1, 2019 3 comments East, Resort Reviews
Jubilation at the vintage fashion show at the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup. Credit: Tamsin Venn

History Lives At Cranmore Mountain

Celebrating Hannes Schneider, A Pioneer Of Alpine Skiing In North America. Every year, the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup Race, sponsored by the New England Ski Museum and Cranmore Mountain, NH, celebrates the legacy of the venerable Austrian ski instructor. For 23 years, the Cup has drawn people to Cranmore from all over to race or just cruise on this low[Read More…]

by March 18, 2019 1 comment Ski History, East
Olympian Sue Long Wymess demonstrates "Gorilla Arms" technique at Great Glens Trails. Credit: Tamsin Venn

At Great Glen Trails, Nordic Skiing and Activities for Everyone

New NH Cross-Country Resort Offers Winter Sports Alternatives. Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center just past Wildcat on Route 16 in New Hampshire, sits at the base of the towering Mt. Washington. At 1,600 feet in an area known as the Glen, the snow is plentiful, and the managers cut Nordic trails to perfection daily for both classic and skate. Cruise[Read More…]

by March 13, 2019 0 comments East
SeniorsSkiing Guide: Magic–Where Skiing Has A Soul

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Magic–Where Skiing Has A Soul

Magic Mt. Has $29 Tickets On Thursdays! We are zipping down Wizard, a 1.6-mile-long intermediate trail that hugs the West Side, in seven inches of new snow with lots of woohoos and yippees. At many areas, this trail would be flattened by now. Not so at Magic Mountain in South Londonderry, Vt. Groomers will leave the snow to powder hounds[Read More…]

by January 23, 2019 4 comments East
Bromley is right-sized for seniors, lots of do-able trails, even the Black Diamonds. Credit: Bromley

SeniorsSkiingGuide: Big Bromley

Bromley Mountain Is Just Right For Seniors. At Bromley Mt. in southern Vermont, runs are not too long and not too short, just right for senior legs to make a top-to-bottom, 1,300 vertical-foot run without a thigh-burn break. Although you would be remiss not to stop. Views from the top of the Sun Mountain Express stretch from the Adirondacks to[Read More…]

by January 16, 2019 1 comment East
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 Features, East
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 2 comments Destinations, West
There are lots of blues at Smuggler's for cruising seniors.
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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 1 comment 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 Features, East