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
Setting Our Sights on e-Biking in Umbria

Setting Our Sights on e-Biking in Umbria

Last Sunday, I took a few heavy corn runs at Park City. It was in the mid-60s, and two runs were enough. The Salt Lake Valley reached 78F, and driving up and back, passed scores of cyclists. I know I should be pedaling more, both for the sheer enjoyment of being on a bike and for its great health benefits.[Read More…]

“Come Ski With Me”: A New Don Burch Video

“Come Ski With Me”: A New Don Burch Video

Don Burch recently returned from his first ski trip to Colorado in almost 50 years. He titled this video summary of his time at Beaver Creek, Copper, Keystone, Breckenridge and Vail,  “Come Ski With Me.” It’s another fine example of Don’s refreshing new genre of ski video: brief, graphically interesting, and easy to watch.

by March 31, 2022 2 comments Other News, West
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…]

Skiing Crested Butte

Skiing Crested Butte

Source: Travel Crested Butte The first thing one notices about the terrain at Crested Butte is the jagged, arrowhead shaped mountain peak thrusting into the sky. The base of the mountain is 9,820’, and lifts take you to a notch, several hundred feet below its 12,162’ summit. There’s lots to like about skiing Crested Butte: beaucoup, well-groomed beginner, intermediate and[Read More…]

The historic Mount Washington Hotel makes a riveting backdrop from the resort's cross country ski trails.     Photo courtesy Omni Hotels and Resorts

History Awaits Your Next Ski Trip (Part 1)

As serious skiers gain years and experience, many become interested in the history of their sport. And a lot of us are also better positioned economically to savor that heritage by checking into some of the country’s more historic ski settings. A budget bunker motel beside the access road might be OK, but it’s surprisingly easy and affordable to set[Read More…]

by February 17, 2022 1 comment Home Top Box 2, Destinations, East
Anticipate turns when skiing the trees!   Illustration: Mike Roth

Branching Out: Skiing the Trees

For many of us, skiing through the aging process means no longer going places we once skied without thinking twice. Now, approaching my 80’s, my mantra is never to overstep my capabilities and always watch out for the other guy!   I’ve always loved skiing in the trees and still do on occasions when conditions are right, and I’m feeling up[Read More…]

Finding a Senior Ski Buddy / Part 2

Finding a Senior Ski Buddy / Part 2

Finding out about senior ski groups is like sharing tales around a campfire. A few words whet our interest and we sit on the edge of our seats waiting for more. As we build a list of senior ski groups, we have some exciting clues that really whet our interest, and we’re on the edge of our seats. So let’s throw another[Read More…]

Don Burch’s Fun Times (at Mount Snow, Okemo & Stratton)

Don Burch’s Fun Times (at Mount Snow, Okemo & Stratton)

It has been decades since I’ve skied the East. Once I discovered Western skiing, I traded the long flight for the long drive, eventually moving to Utah to shorten the time to the slopes. But Don Burch is giving me second thoughts. He’s developed an appealing alternative ski video genre (shot largely at Eastern areas). His most recent, “Fun Times[Read More…]

by January 20, 2022 2 comments Other News, East
Okemo Debuts New Express Lifts

Okemo Debuts New Express Lifts

Now in its 66th winter season, Okemo is one of the most technologically advanced ski areas in the East. This year’s installation of two express lifts maintains that tradition with the debut of an express replacement for the Green Ridge Triple and the new Quantum Six Express lift at Jackson Gore, providing greater and quicker access to upper Jackson Gore, home of[Read More…]

by January 6, 2022 6 comments East, Other News, Destinations
Source: Trapp Family Lodge

Four Bucket List New England Cross Country Ski Towns recommends these classic New England towns and areas for a cross country  ski vacation: Stowe, VT, is quintessential New England with its white steepled church and main street lined with stores. It’s also the home of the Trapp Family Lodge of Sound of Music fame. Trapp Family Lodge has a 110 km trail network with 60 km of groomed[Read More…]


The Best Ski Trip, Ever

A few years ago, Pam and I went on what was arguably the best ski trip of our lives. We spent six-days on Ski Safari in the Dolomites with Inspired Italy, a advertiser. The updated account about this bucket-list experience follows: The Dolomites is the vast UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Italy. It received the designation because of its natural[Read More…]

by December 2, 2021 4 comments Other News, International, Home Top Box 3
Wecome to Latigo Ranch

Latigo Ranch: High-Country Nordic

Sometimes life exceeds expectation. That’s what I’ve found with winter ranches in the Rockies. In summer, hundreds of dude ranches draw thousands of visitors. They’re crazy-diverse: homespun and elegant; private and heavily peopled; mostly self-service or with staff at your call. You’ll find Spartan working ranches as well as places with canapés and kidney-shaped swimming pools. The few ranches open[Read More…]

Henry David Thoreau in 1856. Source: Wikipedia

Around Walden Pond

There are two trips around Walden Pond near Concord, MA. The first is a ski tour through a picturesque New England landscape, with sharp and steeply wooded hillsides surrounding an ice-covered, lambchop-shaped lake. Around the same pond is a second trip, a pilgrimage that passes the cabin site of Henry David Thoreau, “self-appointed inspector of snowstorms”, conjuring the spirit of[Read More…]

by November 11, 2021 3 comments Home Top Box 2, Other News, East
Source: Don Burch

Enjoy Don Burch’s Newest Creation

Don Burch creates short, artistic ski videos that capture the small moments showing people of all ages and abilities having fun together on the mountain. “Skiing The East” features scenes from Stowe, Okemo, Otis Ridge, Sunday River, Killington, Sugarbush, Mount Snow, Stratton, Wildcat, Magic, Waterville Valley and Maple Valley (long closed). Enjoy this two-minute ride.

by October 27, 2021 5 comments Other News, East
Skiers are among the many ice sculptures.  Source: Lake Louise Tourism

A Down-Under Skier Reminisces About His 2019-20 Canadian Road Trip

I was inspired by ( contributor) Yvette Cardozo and her excellent missives re skiing Canada and the world. Her unique turn of phrase will inspire some to write, but mostly will move others to keep skiing when they can. Those three words, ‘when they can’ are important. COVID has jolted us to the here and now, prompting many to get vaccinated.[Read More…]


Yellowstone’s Winter Magic

In 1991, while guiding a small group in Yellowstone National Park, I tried to describe walking outside as the sun rose one February morning near Old Faithful: “Morning light pours over the hills, reflecting off the frost in a blinding cloud of diamonds. Elk and bison shake snow off their backs, stirring after a long night’s chill. Duck and geese[Read More…]

by October 11, 2021 1 comment West, Home Top Box 2, Make More Tracks
Tukino Skifield, Mt Ruapehu, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Tukino Skifield, Mt Ruapehu, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Tukino Skifield ( is a Club-operated field (“skifield” is the down-under term for ski slope) on the eastern slopes of Mt Ruapehu (9175 ft/2797 m), a live volcano and the highest mountain on the North Island of New Zealand. It is located within Tongariro National Park, a World Heritage Area, encompassing two other large volcanic cones (Ngauruhoe and Tongariro) plus[Read More…]

by September 28, 2021 3 comments International
Look Back: Sunday River

Look Back: Sunday River

For the record, early morning skiing was just the best at Sunday River, Maine. We skied this reliable, late-season spot over Easter weekend with two gorgeous sunny days, happy the travel restrictions into Maine had eased for us at last. Better late than never. Count SR’s season-long commitment to snowmaking (90 percent coverage) as the insurance that makes the late[Read More…]

by April 14, 2021 2 comments Destinations, East
Top To Bottom: Park City Last Day 2021

Top To Bottom: Park City Last Day 2021

Three Costumed Spring Skiing Characters Put A Cap On The Season. Our Vicarious Vacation series winds up in Park City, UT, on April 12 this year, the last day of the season. Our three characters head down from Cloud Dine to the Tombstone Lift on the “canyon side.” We’ve never skied Park City, but this run follows trails which look[Read More…]

by April 13, 2021 4 comments West
Mt Hotham in mid-season. This year, the resort awaits eager visitors after closing in 2020.

Look Ahead: Report From Australia

The Virus Is Contained, Resorts Anticipate Regular Openings. We, the skiing public here in Oz, are quietly excited about the prospect of finally skiing again after a year off. While we wait for government decisions and confirm opening dates at Mt Hotham, Falls Creek and Mt Buller here in Victoria and similarly for the resorts in NSW at Perisher and[Read More…]

by April 12, 2021 2 comments International
La Parva, Chile, sunset through the icicles. Credit: Casey Earle

Look Ahead: Despite Challenges, Chilean Resorts Are Preparing

Areas’ Marketing Campaigns Are In Full Swing, But Will The Weather Cooperate? For 2020, the ski season revolved around the multiple ills Chile has been suffering, including the ongoing drought that affected the skiing. This year would seem to be a continuation of those ills, including social and political unrest, economic suffering, and plague. In spite of all that, last[Read More…]

by April 12, 2021 1 comment International
Telluride has trails for everyone from beginners to expert. And it is certainly less crowded than the resort that starts with V.

Top To Bottom: Telluride

Here’s A View Of A Quad-Busting Run At A High-Altitude Colorado Classic. Our Vicarious Vacation series heads west to the major destination resort with a Victorian mining town heritage and lots of mountain to ski. At 8,750, the town sits at the base of mountains that range to 11,000 feet, making some of the highest, longest ski runs in North[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 5 comments West
Spring Skiing At Killington

Spring Skiing At Killington

Here’s Another Don Burch Video Capturing A Blue Bird Day At The Big K. Snapshot of perfect conditions on a beautiful day.

by April 5, 2021 4 comments East
Early snow at Gravbot Ski Club welcomes work party in Mt. Hotham. Credit: Dave Chambers

Ski Club Work Weekend In Oz

Before The Snow Flies, Members Gather For Work Party And Find A Reason To Talk Skiing. My road trip from Melbourne in my Skoda AWD has been a pleasant morning drive. With two and half hours peeling away quickly, the freeways were unusually devoid of cars today on this Friday in March. My mate Terry phones to ask me, “Is[Read More…]

by April 5, 2021 3 comments International