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An old story tells of a teacher who before summer break would always advise his students to do three things: Take one long walk. Read one good book. Make one new friend. It’s advice I try to follow.   Every day, before the heat sets in, I walk to the end of our road. It traverses a magnificent high desert[Read More…]

by July 20, 2018 0 comments Short Swings!
Jeep, Jon, Pam, and April high above Our, Colorado. Mark is behind the lens.

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Jeeping the High Country A few weeks ago we took the five hour drive to Ouray, Colorado, to escape our desert heat. Ouray sits at 7792′ surrounded by peaks in the San Juan Mountains in the southwest  section of the state. The scenic Victorian mining town rightfully calls itself “The Switzerland of America.” It’s 47 miles from Telluride on normal roads;[Read More…]

by June 22, 2018 2 comments Short Swings!
Leaving Peek A Boo slot canyon.

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The Kindness of (Young) Strangers Last weekend Pam and I went canyoneering in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the vast expanse of public land between Capitol Reef National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Canyoneering may not be the correct term, as it generally describes the exploration of remote canyons requiring technical equipment and skills. Our destination was two popular slot[Read More…]

by April 19, 2018 1 comment Short Swings!
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IKON changed its Mammoth Mountain benefits package. Purchasers of the $599 Ikon Base Pass now have full access with the exception of certain blackout dates. When originally offered, full access (no blackouts) was available only with the $899 Ikon Pass. Purchasers of the $599 Base Pass were entitled to 5 days at Mammoth. Alterra, the resort company offering the IKON[Read More…]

by April 12, 2018 2 comments Short Swings!
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Short Swings!

Sunday at Snowbasin was the last day of my season. The end-of-season emergence of earth shedding its winter coat is bittersweet. The joy of Winter is being replaced by the joy of Spring. Every year on my last run, I say a prayer of thanks for having completed another season and a prayer of hope for the next. Having reached[Read More…]

by April 5, 2018 8 comments Short Swings!
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“Finding Meaning and Happiness in Old Age” is the title of Jane Brody’s March 19 Personal Health column in The New York Times. The article is about developing a healthy perspective on the aging process. It gathers information from two recent volumes on aging. She describes them as “inspired and inspiring.” One is The End of Old Age; the other,[Read More…]

by March 29, 2018 0 comments Short Swings!
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Short Swings!

I’m in the desert with my skis. There’s snow in the higher elevations but the nearest lifts are a few hundred miles away. It’s nice to be enjoying a respite from winter. But I feel like a city dweller, removed from my favorite pastime. It’s not permanent. I have the good fortune of being able to get in the car[Read More…]

by March 22, 2018 0 comments Short Swings!
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We need to adjust our skiing to our age. Some readers will probably react with a “Mind your own business,” and that’s fine. But I keep running into too many people beating themselves up on skis: either forcing old bodies to ski like they did when they were young, or not knowing how to adjust to a more age-appropriate technique.[Read More…]

by March 15, 2018 16 comments Short Swings!
NO FRIENDS ON A POWDER DAY???

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The first rule for skiing powder is to get to it before anyone else does. It skis best when untracked, and it doesn’t stay untracked for long. The other day at Grand Targhee in Wyoming, I bought a ticket that gave access to the lifts an hour before opening to the public. The other option would have been pricier cat[Read More…]

by March 8, 2018 2 comments Other News, Short Swings!
George Jedenoff is 100+ and still skiing!

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Living up to its reputation, at least across the West and Northeast, March is entering like a wild snow lion. SeniorsSkiing.com is heralding the arrival of March with a new discount service. It provides significant discounts on products Mike and I think will interest you. Some are specifically ski-oriented, others fit with the older, active, outdoors lifestyle. Each offering is[Read More…]

by March 1, 2018 0 comments Short Swings!
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Short Swings!

My Ski/Family Balance It dumped in Utah a few days ago, and I decided not to go skiing. It was a choice between playing in the snow with pre-school/pre-ski grandkids and deep powder. Being with grandkids won out. Granted, the weekend’s revelry left me a bit under the weather, and the wind and flat light were convenient excuses. In the[Read More…]

by February 22, 2018 2 comments Short Swings!
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We are seeking your financial support for SeniorsSkiing.com. Currently, a handful of advertisers help us fund the project. What their fees don’t cover, our bank accounts do. There are many expenses including technicians, designers, and other expenses associated with delivering SeniorsSkiing.com free each week and developing and publishing Subscriber-Only content. Next month, you will see a new section devoted to[Read More…]

by February 16, 2018 1 comment Home Top Box 1, Short Swings!
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Short Swings!

Skiing, boarding and other Winter sports are about to get their quadrennial boost as the world tunes into the PyeongChang Olympics. In some parts of the world it will help grow the sport. I doubt that will be true in the U.S., where for 35 years the total number of annual U.S. skier/boarder visits has remained relatively flat. Add in[Read More…]

by February 9, 2018 4 comments Short Swings!
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Short Swings!

Unless you’re riding with people you know, ski lifts are public places, and conversational topics should reflect that. At least, that’s how I view the 8 – 12 minute ride with people who, if nothing else, have the sport in common. But experience shows that others may not share that sensitivity. How else to explain the ride on a triple[Read More…]

by February 1, 2018 3 comments Short Swings!
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Short Swings!

What are Your Favorite Apres Ski Cocktails? “It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues,” Abraham Lincoln In case you’ve been in Siberia or solitary, you may have noticed the return of the cocktail. Search “Skier’s Cocktails,” and you’ll find a variety of hot toddies, Irish Coffees and Mulled Wines. Some spike hot[Read More…]

by January 25, 2018 2 comments Short Swings!

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