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Spring cross country skiing can be found in high country and xc resorts. Credit: Mike Maginn

XC Skiing In The Spring Is The BEST!

Even In Mid-April You Can XC Ski; You Just Have To Find The Snow. As the cross country (XC) ski season winds down, most XC ski areas close because of lack of skiers rather than lack of snow on the trails. The sun comes out, the temperature rises, and the XC skiers quit. Why? Are we infected with winter fatigue?[Read More…]

by April 12, 2018 0 comments Destinations
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
Grand Targhee: Deep Powder and a Friendly Vibe

Grand Targhee: Deep Powder and a Friendly Vibe

It had been snowing three days when I arrived at Grand Targhee. By morning the new snow total was 55″. A guy from Denver suggested signing up for Early Tracks. For $89 members of the ski school guide you at 8AM, an hour head start on the public. Next morning, I skied 1 1/2 hours on untracked terrain, guided by[Read More…]

by April 5, 2018 1 comment Resort Reviews
Find the Bear. Credit: Harriet Wallis

Spring Is The Time To Play Games

Try This New Game: It’s A Cross Between Where’s Waldo And A Scavenger Hunt. I was skiing at Deer Valley, and I was taking photos. I’m always taking photos. It’s what I do. I never know when I’ll need a certain shot to illustrate a story. The next time I skied Deer Valley, I was with a friend. I showed[Read More…]

by April 2, 2018 1 comment West
Appleton Farms, Ipswich, MA

XC Skiing In Spring Is The Best

XC Ski In Shorts And T-Shirts This Spring: A Peak Experience! As the cross country (XC) ski season winds down most XC ski areas close because of lack of skiers rather than lack of snow on the trails. The sun comes out, the temperature rises, and the XC skiers quit. Why? Are we infected with winter fatigue? Is the lure[Read More…]

by March 29, 2018 1 comment Destinations
Big Sky is big...really BIG!

Big Sky: Unpretentious. Uncrowded. Unbelievably Great Skiing.

Big Sky is not ritzy. It is not pretentious. It is not crowded. And, as one of country’s greatest ski destinations, it is not to be missed. With 4350′ of vertical and 5,800 acres, Big Sky justifiably calls itself “The Biggest Skiing in America.” The last time I skied there was before the acquisition of Moonlight Basin, a smaller adjacent[Read More…]

by March 27, 2018 4 comments Destinations, Resort Reviews
Bob's pal, Nick Looser, baked two special cakes for the party at Alta.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

It’s Birthday Party Time at Alta.

Hip, Hip, Hooray! Skier Bob Turns 94! You might say that 94-year-old Bob Murdoch is a “senior’s senior” skier. He represents many skiers across the country who are skiing into their 90s and enjoying their mountain friendships as much as the slopes. Ski friends matter. Skiers gave Bob a birthday card that said: Count your age in how many friends[Read More…]

by March 26, 2018 1 comment Ski Heroes, West
Sun Valley with Ketchum and Baldy in the background

My Sun Valley Serenade

A few rides on the lift can say a lot about an area. At Idaho’s Sun Valley I was reminded of its friendly vibe and older population of very good skiers. Anyone reading this knows Sun Valley is one of America’s oldest and most celebrated resorts. In the late 30s to the 60s/70s, Sun Valley helped establish the glamor of[Read More…]

by March 21, 2018 1 comment Destinations, Resort Reviews
On the Kingdom Trails in Lyndonville, VT. Credit: Herb Swanson

Kingdom Trails: Vermont’s Fat Bike Mecca

A New Sport Bridges Snow and Non-Snow Seasons: Fad Or Here To Stay? [Editor Note:  SeniorsSkiing.com is interested in bringing new activities to our reader.  In this story originally published on XCSkiResorts.com on biking with fat, balloon tires, publisher Roger Lohr does an explainer and reports the adventures of a group of neophytes on Kingdom Trails in Northeastern Vermont.] Fat[Read More…]

by March 20, 2018 1 comment East, Features
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
Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, This Is Maine, It’s Gonna Snow

Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, This Is Maine, It’s Gonna Snow

The Half Moon Band Delivers Truth About Living In New England. It’s been snowing a lot around New England this March. Three Nor’easters in less than two weeks delivered plenty of snow and have basically rescued the spring skiing season for most resorts from Pennsylvania to Maine. But, there are people who think that snow is just frozen water that[Read More…]

by March 14, 2018 0 comments East, Features
Steve Hines and his pals venture into the AMC's wildernerness camps evert year.
Credit: R. Boucher

Little Lyford Pond Camps: Companionship, Adventure and Hospitality in the Maine woods

Long-Time Friends Take To The Maine Woods On An XC Adventure. A fresh three-inch snowfall covered the winter parking lot as we arrived for our annual winter ski trip. We felt a quiet confidence as we loaded gear into the gear shed for transport to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC) Little Lyford Pond Camps (LLPC). The camp is on the[Read More…]

by March 13, 2018 0 comments East
Pomerelle Mountain Resort: Vintage Family Area Named for a Favorite Wine

Pomerelle Mountain Resort: Vintage Family Area Named for a Favorite Wine

I recently visited Pomerelle Mountain Resort, a smallish ski area in the Sawtooth National Forest, 75 miles east of Twin Falls, Idaho. It’s about 25 miles from the Interstate. You get there driving through a long, flat valley and small villages (e.g. Albion, pop 300) before turning onto a road that climbs to the 8,000′ base. Lodge, lifts, and trails[Read More…]

by March 12, 2018 3 comments Destinations, Resort Reviews
View from the top of Pebble Creek/

Pebble Creek: A Locals Area That Deserves A Visit

Many readers have expressed interest in learning about lesser-known areas. When I mentioned that to a representative of Visit Idaho, he suggested visiting Pebble Creek and Pomerelle, both in the southern part of the state. First stop was Pebble Creek, 2,200′ of impressive vertical not far from Pocatello. I skied there two days and stayed nearby in Lava Hot Springs,[Read More…]

by March 8, 2018 6 comments West
Eating Salt Lake City

Eating Salt Lake City

Staying in Salt Lake City (or Valley) is an excellent option to explore Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton. Ski City USA offers good value (many hotels include a Super Pass with the room), public transportation to the resorts, and a broad range of restaurants and entertainment venues. Here are some favorites. Check websites for hours and addresses. Breakfast For a[Read More…]

by March 6, 2018 1 comment Destinations, West

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