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Alta's Smiling Rock

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This is the first issue of SeniorsSkiing.com of 2022. I wish all readers good health, happiness, and peace for the New Year. But Covid’s omicron variant is challenging that wish for good health. It’s spreading fast, even among those who have been triple vaxxed. For most of the infected, it appears to be less taxing than Delta or earlier iterations. One[Read More…]

Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Yes, age does give many of us some advantages. Wisdom is often cited, but, I, for one have made enough errors in judgment to be exempted from checking that box. I’m probably not alone. Financial well-being is another frequent citation. Fortunately, along with about two-thirds of SeniorsSkiing readers who say they’re financially independent, I’m okay in that category. But I[Read More…]

Diamonds Are Forever Martini

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We live in what some call an attention economy. Those who attract attention – regardless of how they go about it – appear to be the victors in our narcissistic new world. The companies making skis and related gear are no exception. One of their primary ways of competing for attention is producing short videos of pro skiers using their[Read More…]

by December 2, 2021 3 comments Home Top Box 1, Short Swings!
Rodney Dangerfield

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Many in the ski resort industry harbor an image of older skiers taking up otherwise profitable space in day lodges while consuming their bag lunches and lingering over a cup of coffee. I take offense at that stereotype. I prefer a cup of hot tea to coffee and I take my own teabag from home. Clearly, the facility makes more[Read More…]

Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Every industry benefits from a mix of offerings. The ski area industry is no exception. I find it enjoyable to ski big corporate resorts as well as independently-owned areas. Some, like Alta, Big Sky, and Jackson Hole offer both big terrain and an attractive level of smaller resort intimacy.   It may surprise you that, according to the National Ski[Read More…]

Source: US Treasury

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Would you pay an additional $49+ not to wait in the lift line? Express lines have been available for years for members of exclusive clubs and for skiers accompanied by instructors. Now it will be available for a fee on a day-by-day basis at Snowbird (UT), Killington (VT), Copper Mountain (CO) and Mount Bachelor (OR), all areas owned by Utah-based[Read More…]

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

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This is to thank the 3000+ of you who completed our August reader survey. We learned that on average, those of you who did not take last season off skied an average of 26 days. That’s down from a few seasons back when the average was more than 33 days. But, when you figure that the national average is 6.5[Read More…]

by September 30, 2021 2 comments Home Top Box 2, Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Older Skier? Here’s a list of the Best Skis for You

Older Skier? Here’s a list of the Best Skis for You

When it comes to skis, buying without trying can be confusing. I prefer demo days or demo-ing from shops at or near the mountain. Reading how a ski performs can provide helpful guidance in your selection process but using those skis – especially on familiar terrain – really helps in deciding how to make the best purchase. That said, we’ve[Read More…]

by September 29, 2021 4 comments Skis, Home Top Box 1
Early Sun Valley chair

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Last week was the single deadliest avalanche week in the US since 1910. Avalanches claimed 15 lives: five in Utah, four in Colorado, three in Alaska, and one each in California, Montana and New Hampshire. To date, this season, 21 people perished.  According to avalanche.org, all but five of the fatalities were skiers or boarders.  Experts attribute the dangerous conditions to the thin[Read More…]

by February 12, 2021 7 comments Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

This week’s Short Swings! message is straight-forward: If you enjoy receiving SeniorsSkiing.com, please support us financially. Many of you have been generous in our past February fundraisers. This month, we hope to expand the number of donations by asking more of you to donate a minimum of $10; not much considering the cost of a hot chocolate or a bowl[Read More…]

by February 5, 2021 3 comments Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
They even give you a sticker.

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Pam and I got our first shots of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine last Sunday. It was a big relief. The second round is scheduled for Valentine’s Day. She estimates spending about 20 hours over the previous weeks trying to get the appointment. That involved phone calls to places listed on New York State’s Covid website and to area hospitals. It also[Read More…]

by January 29, 2021 2 comments Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

  A segment of the population is getting out of hand. We saw it at the Capitol, and we’re reading about it on airlplanes, in restaurants, and, now, of all places, ski areas. Pent up anger and resentment, stoked by misinformation and lies, is erupting in public places. It’s ugly, and it’s upsetting. Unfortunately, it’s not going away. Most ski[Read More…]

by January 22, 2021 23 comments Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Schweitzer Mountain's Twilight skiing suspended because of disrespectful clientele

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Friends in Vail recently got their Covid vaccinations. Colorado is making them available to people 70 and older. If we were in Utah where we have a place, my wife and I would be able to get shots on Monday, January 18. But we’re in NY where, over the past few days, the Governor announced that people 65+ are now[Read More…]

by January 15, 2021 6 comments Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

My deadline for wishing people Happy New Year is getting shorter. Centuries ago, when I worked in an office (remember when people worked in offices?), it seemed like New Year’s greetings extended through at least the first week of the year. You’d bump into a colleague and offer the obligatory phrase. Once, many weeks after the New Year, I said[Read More…]

by January 8, 2021 1 comment Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

  This is our final issue of 2020. We’re not saddened to see the year go. Whatever your holiday of choice, please enjoy it safely. And celebrate the arrival of the New Year. It’s time to turn the page on so many things. Here’s wishing you a great season and many bright and promising days ahead! What Do Vaccines and[Read More…]

by December 18, 2020 1 comment Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Last week’s column highlighted responses to a question posed to several friends: How much vertical footage is needed to have a satisfying day on the hill? For this week’s column, I posed the same question to all readers. Your input over the past several days says a lot about your passion for the sport. Not enough room to include all[Read More…]

by December 11, 2020 4 comments Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

This season will favor those living close to the mountain. Older skiers who aren’t a short walk or reasonable drive away probably will avoid the hassle and risk of commercial flights to get there. They’ll spend more time on local slopes.  Currently, we’re in our place several miles north of New York City. The closest reasonable skiing is about 2.5[Read More…]

Short Swings!

Short Swings!

This week I participated in a media briefing about the coming season. It was organized by Ski Utah and featured presenters from most of the state’s areas. They confirmed what most of us already know. This will not be a normal season. Resort skiing will require more advance planning than we’re used to. Some of the details, as presented in[Read More…]

by November 20, 2020 0 comments Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Every now and then, we give readers a status report on the state of the older skier and the status of SeniorsSkiing.com. It’s fair to say that we’re all doing well. The magazine started in the Fall of 2013 with exactly “0” subscribers. Today there are 17,000 of you, and the number is growing. We know from industry trade association[Read More…]

by November 13, 2020 1 comment Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

  You don’t stop skiing when you get old. You get old when you stop skiing. Recently saw that bumper sticker statement on a few posters and T-shirts.  It’s a wishful truism for senior skiers, cheering us on our snowy descents as we ascend to yet another year and another season. But like almost every other overly simplistic proclamation, it[Read More…]

A lift line, last week, in Cervina, Italy. Not too much social distancing.

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The other night, on Netflix, we watched “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet.” Sir David, 94 (93 when he narrated the film), is the British naturalist/broadcaster who has been filming and educating the broader public about the natural world since the 1950s.  “A Life on Our Planet” is an incredibly beautiful visual statement. Sir David talks  about and shows an[Read More…]

Tuckerman's Ravine in Spring.

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Cassandra came to mind last week as we took our first flight since the craziness began. In case you missed that part of Greek Mythology, after Apollo gave Cassandra the gift of prophecy, he turned it to a curse, causing her prophecies not to be believed. Stay with me on this one.  The flight was one familiar to many Eastern[Read More…]

by October 23, 2020 7 comments Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
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Short Swings!

Maybe I’m becoming that grumpy old man, but the steady stream of videos about backcountry skiers being avalanched away, the drone videos of sharks swimming perilously close to surfers, and the reports of elk and buffalo attacking people with no common sense are getting to me. Who in their right mind would try to pet a large wild animal and[Read More…]

by October 16, 2020 4 comments Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

How often do you think about skiing? To my wife’s dismay, it’s always top of mind. A few months ago, camping in a remote, high mountain location with some fellow skiers, we realized we were simultaneously having the same thought: What would be the best line down those North-facing slopes? Chuckles and beers followed. Harder evidence trickled in throughout summer[Read More…]

by October 9, 2020 0 comments Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

A Fort Lauderdale resident asked , “Do you know where we Floridians go when we want to ski?” It was a joke. Her punch line: “The airport.” From the way things appear to be shaping up, fewer and fewer older skiers will be using planes to get to their favorite resorts. There’s a reluctance to get on planes until the[Read More…]

by July 30, 2020 2 comments Short Swings!