Articles by: Yvette Cardozo

Snow Limo takes a non-skier not only up the mountain but also down a ski trail. Credit: Sun Peaks Snow Limo Tours.

Something New: A Limo To The Snow

Other Things To Do In Winter (Part 3): Ride The Snow In Style. There IS a way to experience skiing, even if you don’t ski. Or close to it, since you will be coming down an actual ski slope, keeping up with skiers. Only thing is you will be sitting down. The device that enables this experience is called a[Read More…]

by November 7, 2018 0 comments Features
Dog Sled rides with Mountain Man Adventures. Credit: Sun Peaks Resort.

Dog-Sledding Is Another Snow Activity: Don’t Say Mush!

Other Things To Do In Winter For Seniors (Part 2): On You Huskies. Ok, nobody says mush. Nobody, outside of maybe movies, has EVER said mush, though the folks who drive sleds are often called mushers. Mostly, people who run dogsleds just say, “Go!” And the dogs aren’t those black and white Siberian Huskies people expect. Your average sled dog[Read More…]

by October 15, 2018 0 comments Features
Ice fishing on Heffley Lake near Sun Peaks Resort with Elevated Fishing Adventures. Here, the guide and guest try their hand at outdoors holes. Credit: Yvette Cardozo

Ice Fishing Time Coming Up

Other Things To Do In Winter For Seniors. Some folks fish for sport. Some for relaxation. Some to “just get away.” I fish to eat. If I can’t eventually put it in a fry pan, I’m not really interested. So enter Elevated Fishing Adventures, near Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia, Canada, where you get all three. Especially the eating[Read More…]

by October 9, 2018 2 comments International
Climbing the Via Ferrata at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.Credit: Peter Morning, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

Summer Adventures At Mammoth Mountain

Non-Snow Activities Make Mammoth A Family Summer Vacation Stop. Ok, picture yourself, flat on your belly in “Superman” position, hurtling in the air down a mountain at 60 mph. No wonder Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort calls this the Mega-Zip. It’s billed as the “most vertical in the USA” (some 2,100 feet from the top of the ski resort at 11,053[Read More…]

by July 18, 2018 0 comments West
Summer Trail Prep: How It’s Done

Summer Trail Prep: How It’s Done

What Happens When the Snow Disappears Along With The Crowds? Bet you’ve never thought about how your favorite ski runs get cared for when there’s no snow on the ground. Yes, they have to be prepped each summer. Seth Worthen, slopes manager at Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia, Canada, explained how his 11 person trail crew works. And it’s[Read More…]

by May 15, 2018 1 comment West
Snow cat groomer making the ski run smooth for skiers the next day. Sun Peaks Resort, BC.

Ridin’ With The Cats

What’s It Like To Groom Trails At Night? They come out at night and do their job. You can see their lights progressing across the ski slope and occasionally hear their roar. And the next morning, they’ve left this delicious set of corduroy tracks across the ski hill. I’d always wanted to go on-slope with a snowcat groomer. And so,[Read More…]

by April 9, 2018 2 comments International, West
Igor, the medical boot, keeps the broken ankle stable. 
Credit: Yvette Cardozo

Learning From Injury

Correspondent Ends Her Season In “Routine” Fall, Provides Us With Lessons Learned. [Editor Note: We’ve heard correspondent Yvette Cardozo’s story numerous times, especially the part about immediate post-incident denial. Perhaps there is some biological reaction, perhaps a form of shock, that masks the pain of more serious injury.  In any case, her advice is well worth heeding.] I don’t remember[Read More…]

by February 26, 2018 0 comments Features
Wolves walk with visitors during a guided wolf walk in the forest and play in the snow near Golden BC. Credit: Yvette Cardozo

Wonderful Winter Walk With Wolves

Why Wait When Wolves Want Wise Well-Wishers. Okay, in the picture, it looks like she’s being licked by a dog. But trust me, that’s NO dog. It’s a real grey wolf. In the woods. Walking with my friends and me. It was part of our morning at Northern Lights Wolf Centre just outside Golden, BC, Canada, where we learned about wolves[Read More…]

by November 27, 2017 2 comments West
Laura Waters at her shop, Snowdon House outside Victoria, BC, Canada on Vancouver Island, where she sells edibles made from new growth on douglas fir trees. These include vinegars, jams, dried seasonings and more.
Credit: Yvette Cardozo

Here’s A Special Gift Idea: Eat A Tree

If You’re Looking For Novel Gifts For Snow Country Lovers, Yummies Made From Fir Trees Are Worth A Look. Of course, this is a Christmas story. What else when you are talking about eating Christmas trees? It’s just the growing tips that you eat, actually. And the pine flavor is, well, way better than you expect if you are more[Read More…]

by October 23, 2017 0 comments Features
Women in Big White Ski Resort Masters ski program show off their green hair helmet decorations. The program runs a week with lessons in the morning and social programs at night. Kelowna, BC.
Credit: Yvette Cardozo

Master’s Week At Big White: Senior Focused Lessons And Activities

Big White Found The Right Formula To Attract Seniors For A Special Week Just For Them. Like so many things of yesteryear, ski weeks are making a comeback. And not surprisingly, they’re aimed at the same folks who went ski trips back during the ski week heyday in the 1970s and early ‘80s—the Boomers. The original ski week hit when[Read More…]

by April 11, 2017 3 comments International, West
Jolly time at Masters Week apres ski party at Big White Ski Resort. The Masters program is aimed at skiers of all levels over the age of 50. 
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Master’s Week At Big White: The Social Side For Seniors

There’s More Than Ski Clinics For Seniors That Make Big White’s Master’s Week Unique. [Editor Note: Correspondent Yvette Cardozo also reported on Big White’s Master’s Week focusing on the ski instruction elements.  Here, she shows us the social side which really looks like a lot of fun.] The social part of the Big White Ski Resort Masters Week is what made[Read More…]

by April 11, 2017 3 comments International, West
View from the top at Bogus Basin, the ski resort outside Boise, ID
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SeniorsSkiing Guide: Bogus Basin Not Your Usual Local Ski Hill

This Non-Profit Ski Area Is Community Owned And Prices Reflect It. Bogus Basin outside Boise, ID, is the local ski hill. But it’s not your usual tiny, rustic, over run local hill. “What you get here is destination skiing at local prices,” said General Manager Brad Wilson. “Our lift tickets are $59, our ski rental package $30, our burgers are[Read More…]

by March 21, 2017 1 comment Resort Reviews, West
The base at Tamarack Resort with sports and cafe domes and a snow rainbow.
Credit: Tamarack Resort

SeniorsSkiing Guide:Tamarack’s Cruising Ground Is Wide Open

Almost Down And Out, This Resurrected Resort Returns As A Bargain For Senior Skiers. Tamarack is the original comeback kid. It opened in 2004 to great fanfare and serious celebrity cred, the first new ski resort in the US since Beaver Creek in 1980. With tennis star Andre Agassi and wife Steffi Graf at their publicity helm, the idea was to[Read More…]

by March 14, 2017 0 comments Resort Reviews, West
Main pool at Burgdorf Hot Springs during a light snowfall.

Ski Idaho – Snowmobile To Hot Springs

Idaho has the most usable hot springs in the entire US: 130 springs out of the state’s 340 are “soakable.” Yes, it’s warm down there underground. The state apparently sits above a massive hot spot that fuels not only this but the springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park. So, locals have their pick from rustic pools that are run[Read More…]

by March 8, 2017 0 comments Resort Reviews, West
Sleigh pulled by percheron horses takes people out to help feed elk in Donnelly, ID, near McCall. Light snowfall speckles the scene. The Points family has been feeding wild elk on their land to help them survive winter for three generations.
Credit: Yvette Cardozo

Something Different For The Grandkids: Idaho Elk Feed

When It’s Time For A Diversion Excursion, Visit The Elk Herd. Yes, Idaho has some delicious skiing. Yes, some people want to do something else. In winter. In the snow. And so, in the McCall area, there’s the elk feeding trip. Back in 1983, Lyle Points’ pop, Vernon, started to worry about the elk on his land. These were wild[Read More…]

by February 27, 2017 1 comment West

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