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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
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
Top To Bottom: Beech Mountain

Top To Bottom: Beech Mountain

North Carolina Has The Highest Ski Resort In Eastern North America. Have You Been? The next stop in our Vicarious Vacation series is a hop down to North Carolina’s Beech Mountain. Located in the western mountains of the state, Beech Mountain has a summit elevation of 5,506 feet, making it the highest ski resort on the East Coast. The mountain[Read More…]

by March 22, 2021 6 comments East
Spring Comes to Wildcat

Spring Comes to Wildcat

Long And Winding Runs. Great Views. It was serendipity to arrive at Wildcat in the northern Presidential Mountains of New Hampshire the first week in March and find spring skiing. Many of us missed that part of the ski season last year in the pandemic shut-downs. Due to its north facing slopes and deep snowpack, Wildcat usually is the last[Read More…]

by March 16, 2021 3 comments Destinations, East
The Big K’s Ambassador Program

The Big K’s Ambassador Program

Ambassadors Help Create A Congenial Climate At Killington. As a huge ski area with several base areas and mountain peaks, finding one’s way around Killington can be a challenge. That’s where the green-jacketed Ambassadors come in, often saving the day by showing guests how to get where they want to go—or in some cases—avoid a too difficult or too flat[Read More…]

by March 15, 2021 5 comments Features, East
Karl and June Acker took over from Janet and continued to expand the resort.

Women Played Integral Role at One of Nation’s Oldest Ski Areas

[Please consider supporting SeniorsSkiing.com with a donation. We appreciate your help. Click here.] Janet Davis Mead, June Aker, Verlene Belden All Kept Pico Going And Growing, Despite Obstacles and Challenges. Vermont’s Pico Mountain survived a war, two owners’ deaths, and a neighbor called Killington to become one of the 30 oldest continually operating ski areas in the country. It’s a feat[Read More…]

by February 15, 2021 8 comments Ski History, Ski Heroes, East
Sunny day at Tote Road Quad.

Loon Mountain Resort Update

Lodges Closed. Back To Basics. [Please consider supporting SeniorsSkiing.com with a donation. We appreciate your help. Click here.] Kudos to Loon Mountain Resort, N.H., for managing COVID restrictions so well. Our family bubble all agreed the best thing Loon had done was shut down all the lodges to indoor food service. That simplified one’s strategizing. Grab ‘n Go food windows[Read More…]

by February 9, 2021 1 comment East
My Ski Lodge. Credit: Pat McCloskey

Gratitude

Half-Way Through The Season, Pat McCloskey Takes Stock. [Please consider supporting SeniorsSkiing.com with a donation. We appreciate your help. Click here.] We are halfway through winter, and the groundhog has come out to let us know what he thinks about the rest of the winter. I wonder if he will be masked? In any event, this has been a different[Read More…]

by February 2, 2021 1 comment Features, East
Call Of The Mountains

Call Of The Mountains

A Lyrical Look At Classic Eastern Ski Trails. Killington, Okemo, Mt. Snow. See what you’re missing, Western Skiers? Thanks to SeniorsSkiing.com correspondent Don Burch for another great, feels-like-you’re-there video.

by January 3, 2021 5 comments East
Early Season Skiing: Okemo, VT

Early Season Skiing: Okemo, VT

Shaking Off Summer Dust: First Runs Of The Season Snow finally came to New England last week whether through machines or from the sky. It finally got consistently cold enough to make the stuff or for real snow to stick.  SeniorsSkiing.com correspondent Don Burch ventured out to see what was going on at Okemo, VT. Here’s his video report from[Read More…]

by December 7, 2020 4 comments East
SeniorsSkiing Guide: Holiday Valley

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Holiday Valley

Are there powder days in Western New York? Can Pete Widger yodel?   Yes, to both. In fact, septuagenarian Widger, the voice of Holiday Valley’s Snow Phone, will lace his conditions report with his trademark vocals every powder day of the season. Holiday Valley’s powder comes compliments of Lake Erie’s snow machine, the same lake-effect system that gives Buffalo its[Read More…]

by November 8, 2020 4 comments East, Resort Reviews
Sugarloaf is a big mountain with lots of choices for all levels.

SeniorsSkiingGuide: Seniors Love Sugarloaf

For Many Many Reasons. Located in Maine’s western mountains, Sugarloaf is farther away than other New England resorts, with underpopulated weekdays, giving you more room to roam. It is rugged and unpretentious which draws one of the most loyal following of skiers in New England. The setting is a lone behemoth, third highest peak in Maine at 4,249 feet. It[Read More…]

by March 26, 2020 5 comments East
Topnotch At Stowe: Ski, Relax, Recharge

Topnotch At Stowe: Ski, Relax, Recharge

A Great Spot Close To The Big Mountain. As one person said, Stowe, VT, takes its wellness seriously and nowhere is that more apparent than at Topnotch Resort. The 120-acre wooded getaway is a place to recharge and refuel in a calm and soothing environment. The attractive, minimalist hotel has just 68 rooms, plus two restaurants. From the minute you[Read More…]

by March 11, 2020 2 comments East
Backcountry skiing is different, requires planning and gear. Credit: Bolton Valley

Alpine Backcountry Touring Primer In Bolton Valley

Three Things to Do And Not To Do While Alpine Backcountry Touring. For those who have never tried Alpine Touring, Bolton Valley near Burlington, Vt., offers an intro to backcountry skiing every Saturday morning out of the spacious Sports Center near the main lifts. That is due to a recent change in Bolton Valley ownership. Three years ago former owner[Read More…]

by March 4, 2020 2 comments East
Corduroy in the morning. Dartmouth Skiway has a mix of twisty narrow and open groomers. Credit: TheSnowWay.com

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Historic Dartmouth SkiWay

Big Mountain Fun And Small Mountain Friendly With History All Around. Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme Center, NH was founded in 1956. After six decades the ski area has recently hired only the fourth director in its history. Mark Adamczyk who was the director of outdoor adventure at the Winter Park Resort in Colorado will replace Doug Holler, who is retiring[Read More…]

by March 4, 2020 1 comment East, Resort Reviews
Northern VT mountain-scape on the way to the Slayton Lodge. Credit: Tamsin Venn

Trapp Family Lodge: Some Favorite Nordic Things

[Editor Note: SeniorsSkiing.com is asking our readers to contribute to support our online magazine. Yes, we have grown in the number of subscribers and advertisers. But our expenses have also grown. You can help us defray some of these expenses by helping us out with a donation.] Support SeniorsSkiing.com by clicking here. ______________________________________________________ A Ski Tour At The Legendary Resort[Read More…]

by February 26, 2020 3 comments East
Jack Frost Geezers line up for a Wednesday program.

Jack Frost Geezers Flock To Senior Ski Program

[Editor Note: SeniorsSkiing.com is asking our readers to contribute to support our online magazine. Yes, we have grown in the number of subscribers and advertisers. But our expenses have also grown. You can help us defray some of these expenses by helping us out with a donation.] Support SeniorsSkiing.com by clicking here. ______________________________________________________ Jack Frost Created A Program For Seniors[Read More…]

by February 11, 2020 2 comments East
Ragged Mtn, Danbury, NH, has two peaks. Credit: Ragged Mtn.

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Ragged Mountain

[Editor Note: SeniorsSkiing.com is asking our readers to contribute to support our online magazine. Yes, we have grown in the number of subscribers and advertisers. But our expenses have also grown. You can help us defray some of these expenses by helping us out with a donation.] Support SeniorsSkiing.com by clicking here. ______________________________________________________ Ragged Has All The Features Seniors Love:[Read More…]

by February 5, 2020 4 comments East, Resort Reviews
Windham is 2 1/2 hours from NYC and has something for everyone.

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Windham—A Gem In The Catskills

A Mid-Week Senior Program Includes Clinics, Group Lunch, Yoga, Plus. Driving from New Hampshire through Vermont to Windham Mountain in the Catskills of New York on a recent weekend I felt some trepidation as to what I would find. There had been rain, lots of it, and temperatures reaching 60 degrees over the course of the weekend. Arriving at the[Read More…]

by January 23, 2020 2 comments East, Resort Reviews
Book Review: Southern Snow Explores Skiing; Other Outdoor Winter Activities in the South

Book Review: Southern Snow Explores Skiing; Other Outdoor Winter Activities in the South

We all have preconceived notions about skiing. There’s no ski resort in Mexico. Actually, there is one: Bosques de Monterreal and when there’s no snow, people use a dry, bristle surface. There’s no place to ski in South Africa: There is. It’s called Tiffindell and it receives ample natural snow. The American South doesn’t have much to offer when it comes to skiing. WRONG.[Read More…]

by December 11, 2019 2 comments East
Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo Highlights

Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo Highlights

Didn’t Make It This year? Here’s A Snapshot Of The Show. Correspondent Don Burch covered the recent Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo at the World Trade Center. It’s the last year the show will be held at this venue and it’s also the last year it will be produced by Bernie Weichsel and BEWI. Next year, SIA takes over.

by December 4, 2019 2 comments East
Skiing Off Piste: Lessons Learned The Hard Way

Skiing Off Piste: Lessons Learned The Hard Way

He’s Skied New Hampshire’s 48; He’s Pick Up Insightful Tips About The Backcountry. Editor Note: Ben White skied the 48 4000 feet plus mountains in New Hampshire in a single year as a teenager. We thought the readers of SeniorsSkiing.com would benefit from some of his hard core lessons. As a young whipper-snapper, I had the incredible privilege and opportunity[Read More…]

by October 8, 2019 1 comment East
Summer Cycling: Riding The Moon Rocks

Summer Cycling: Riding The Moon Rocks

Riding mountain bikes in the “Mountain State” of West Virginia is nothing short of challenging.  My wife asked me, after my recent trip,  how it went and I said, “tougher every year, dear.”  Riding in Davis, WV, is always fun but you better bring your “A” game because currently there are mostly expert black diamond and double black diamond trails[Read More…]

by July 18, 2019 1 comment East
Slopeside Sugar House run by ski racing's famous Cochran family. Credit: Cochran Family

Slopeside Syrup: Ski Racing And “Golden Delicate”

The Cochran Family Makes Maple Syrup And Ski Racers. There are a lot of Vermonters and others in the ski racing world who could tell you a lot more about the famous Cochran Family of Richmond, VT.  I have friends who know them personally and tell the tales of the first rope tow that Mickey Cochran built in his back[Read More…]

by June 27, 2019 0 comments East
Seniors Visit Cranmore, Bring Grandchildren

Seniors Visit Cranmore, Bring Grandchildren

Historic Mountain Is Perfect For Seniors Who Like Mellow Skiing And Kid-Friendly Amenities. Cranmore offers a lot for seniors to like: Fun and varied terrain, manageable size, easy flat walk from parking lots and most of all, friendly vibe. I visited Cranmore on a Saturday with a group of senior skiers. Though busy, the main chair lift to the summit,[Read More…]

by April 3, 2019 2 comments East