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From Reader Alyce Perez: In the 41 years that I have skied, it is the first time I have ever skied in October. Mount Snow’s earliest opening day in 64 years. Another first to add to my bucket list.

ReaderReport: Mt. Snow Opens Before Halloween

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by October 29, 2018 2 comments East
Coasting Most Of The Way

Coasting Most Of The Way

Senior Cyclists Love Gravity And Vice Versa. Pedaling up and down hills on a mountain bike has its rewards, but we prefer trails that have an emphasis on the downhill. We suggest three great places in the White Mountains of New Hampshire at or near ski areas to do just that. Important: We use suspension mountain bikes that absorb the[Read More…]

by August 23, 2018 1 comment East
Ride with younger guys? Then ride wise and slow down. Credit: Pat McCloskey

Cycling Efficiency For Seniors

Bottom Line: Knoweth Thy Limits, Wise One. As I  was pounding the rocks of  Laurel Mountain on the mountain bike with  a group of younger riders here in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Laurel Highlands, I was thinking strategy.  At 63 years old, I am still in pretty good shape but the older I get, I start thinking about the old adage “age[Read More…]

by June 17, 2018 2 comments Conditioning, East
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
There are lots of blues at Smuggler's for cruising seniors.
Credit: Tamsin Venn

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Smuggs Not Just For Kids

Smuggler’s Notch Feels Like Way-Back-When But With Up-To-Date Conveniences. Smugglers’ Notch is the well-known kid-friendly ski area in northern Vermont. That same dedication to fun also makes it a good area for seniors. Start with the intermediate trails winding off the two upper Mountains—Madonna, 3,640 feet, and Sterling, 3,040 feet. They urge your skis to turn as they follow the[Read More…]

by February 26, 2018 0 comments East
The base lodge harkens back to the early 60s, nostalgia for many seniors.
Credit: Tamsin Venn

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Pat’s Peak With Little Hobbits

And Grandparent Hobbitts, Too. Skiing with grandchildren is one of grandparents’ great joys and comes with perks: easier slopes, hot chocolate breaks, and slower (maybe) pace. Some ski areas are more finely tuned to multi-generational skiing than others, based not just on the amenities but the spirit of the area. Pat’s Peak in Henniker, southern N.H., is one such place.[Read More…]

by January 22, 2018 3 comments East, Resort Reviews
Ah, a balmy 0 degrees. In New England lately, 0 is the new 40.
Credit: Tamsin Venn

Baby, It’s Cold Outside. Really Cold.

Here Are 10 Tips For Seniors Dealing With Cold Cold Temps. I posted here awhile ago about the benefits of skiing in the rain. Another unpopular time to ski is in extreme cold. The upside is you have the slopes to yourself. Unless you don’t. When skiing in Stowe over the recent holiday in frigid conditions, I was astonished by[Read More…]

by January 3, 2018 5 comments East, Features
Hard to believe this view is only a few miles from downtown Boston.
Credit: Commonwealth of Mass

In Praise Of Urban Wilderness

Find Winter Activity Opportunities Close To Home. Let’s define what we mean by Urban Wilderness: Open space – wetland, meadow, and/or forested land. Owned by a public entity No parking or entrance fees No visual pollution Offers “peace and quiet” Accessible by either car or public transportation from the nearby urban center Offers a variety of activities (year-round) Urban Wildernesses[Read More…]

by December 11, 2017 3 comments East, West
Caption: Here comes the snowmaking. Blandford’s lodges get facelifts and the slopes get upgrades in grooming and snow making.

Butternut Buys Blandford Ski Area; Rushes To Upgrade For New Season

Family-friendly Blandford in southern Massachusetts was poised for extinction or development, but Ski Butternut and its owner Jeffrey Murdock bought it Sept. 1 and saved it. It’s a rescue mission of historic proportions. Right now, crews are working furiously to renovate Blandford’s base lodges, upgrade the grooming equipment, and install new snowmaking to help smooth out fickle weather cycles that[Read More…]

by November 7, 2017 1 comment East
Check the smiles and the kids on the nice smooth single track.
Credit: Pat McCloskey

Cycling Series: Designed Trails Make A Difference In PA.

Mountain Bikers: These Trails Are Worth The Trek. One of the smoothest, most  buttery trail systems in the east is situated in the middle of rural Pennsylvania near a beautiful body of water—Raystown Lake.  The Alligrippis Trails were IMBA( International Mountain Bike Association) designed in conjunction with the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the[Read More…]

by July 17, 2017 0 comments East
Volunteers kept Blandford going and gave the small area a community feel.
Credit: New England Ski Industry

Historic Blandford Ski Area Poised To Bite The Dust

This Wonderful Family Area Is Simply Out Of Money. [Editor Note: According to the Westfield News, Springfield Ski Club’s members will be meeting on July 18 to approve the sale of assets to the owners of Ski Butternut. If two thirds of the total membership do not specifically vote yes, the ski area will close.] The website says: “May 28, 2017[Read More…]

by July 3, 2017 2 comments East, Ski History
Adaptive bikes make it possible to get to the top of the trail. Each one is handmade.

Vets Take Part In VT Adaptive Bike Program

Special Bikes Available At Different VT Locations This Summer. [Editor Note: This article first appeared in XCSkiResorts.com; we thank Roger Lohr, editor-in-chief, for sharing this with SeniorsSkiing.com readers.] The Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports organization’s new Adaptive Mountain Bike Program, which is one of the first in New England offers special dates for outings in various location and limited adaptive mountain bikes[Read More…]

by May 14, 2017 0 comments East

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