January 10, 28 degrees, 11:30 AM

What A Difference A Day Makes

Cross-Country Skiing In Appleton Farms, Ipswich, MA., January 10-11.

by January 11, 2017 2 comments East
Fun Fact: Legendary Hannes Schneider designed the trails at Laurel at around the same time he created Cranmore. 
Credit: Laurel Mountain

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Saving Laurel Mountain From Obscurity

Western PA Pioneer Area Comes Back To Full Operation. There has been a lot written about the lost ski areas.  For one reason or another, ski areas sometimes are unable to meet the financial or operational requirements and end up closing the lifts.  They fall into disrepair and end up on a list of lost ski areas forever.  But, there is[Read More…]

by December 28, 2016 4 comments East, Ski History
New England Ski Museum Tells 3,000 Years Of Ski History

New England Ski Museum Tells 3,000 Years Of Ski History

From The Stone Age To Today. The tiny museum in Franconia, New Hampshire is located next to Cannon Mountain’s gondola base, and it’s a wonderland. Even before you enter, you’re intrigued by what you see just outside the door and you ask yourself: “What’s that thing?” The big red boxy thing is one of Cannon’s original tram cars from 1938.[Read More…]

by November 28, 2016 2 comments East, Ski History
Here Comes Winter: From Mt. Washington, NH

Here Comes Winter: From Mt. Washington, NH

Home Of Big Time Extreme Weather Looks Over Dramatic Moving Clouds. Mt. Washington is the Northeast’s highest summit.  At 6,288 feet above sea level, the mountain is a mecca for campers, hikers, and fast-changing weather conditions.  This video was taken from the Observatory on the summit in late October this year.  It reveals an “undercast”—opposite to overcast—as the dawn sun warms[Read More…]

by November 16, 2016 0 comments East
View from top of slide at Mountainside Water Park.
Credit: Janet Franz

Vermont Ski Hill Morphs Into Summer Water Park

Grandkids Would Love A Summer Day At Smugglers. [Ski resorts are being creative about developing off-snow season attractions.  Smugglers Notch in Northern Vermont has gone the extra mile in creating three separate water parks.  There’s still time to get up there if you’re looking for a getaway for Labor Day.  Special thanks to Janet Franz, a feature story writer covering[Read More…]

by August 22, 2016 0 comments East
Cannon Mountain is a state-owned area, famous for its aerial tram and free skiing for 65+ seniors.
Credit: Cannon Mountain

Cannon Mountain Update: Seniors To Continue Free Skiing

House Rebels Against Bill That Would Have Ended Free Senior Skiing. Senior resident skiers can breath a sigh of relief after NH legislators agreed to drop a plan that would have ended free skiing for seniors. House and Senate representatives had agreed to a plan where resident NH seniors would begin to pay $5 a day for lift tickets, increasing[Read More…]

by August 1, 2016 1 comment East
Spruce Peak's bull wheel was pulled downhill by the weight of the cable and chairs after the foundation gave way.
Credit: WCSH

Sunday River Lift Foundation Detaches From Ground

Mysterious Accident Luckily Happened In Mid-Summer. The top terminal of a triple-chair lift at Sunday River, ME, has pulled out of the ground, collapsing the lift.  The foundation failure was discovered by a maintenance worker during a routine evening inspection on July 10. The detachment caused the top terminal to be pulled downhill which released tension on the cable, causing[Read More…]

by July 14, 2016 3 comments East
Ellicottville is a cool place the just hang-out.  Non-cycling spouses can browse in many boutiques.
Credit: Pat McCloskey

Cycling Series: Small Ski Town Turns To Bikes In Non-Snow Season

Western New York Ski Town Has Lots Of Cycling Opportunities. One of the more interesting things that happens to a ski town is the metamorphosis that occurs after mud season.  Mud season is traditionally when spring rolls along and the snow melts and the locals in ski town head for vacation.  Soon after, the festivities that define the area in[Read More…]

by May 31, 2016 0 comments East
Cannon Mountain is a state-owned area, famous for its aerial tram and free skiing for 65+ seniors.
Credit: Cannon Mountain

Update: Free Senior Skiing at Reinstated In NH House Bill

Now The State Senate Must Approve. A bill that would have eliminated free skiing for NH seniors has been amended to reinstate the senior benefit and is being sent back to the Senate for approval. The bill would have charged seniors different rates for weekday and weekend skiing and was an attempt to cover the large deficit at state-owned Cannon[Read More…]

by May 25, 2016 3 comments East, Features
Tower of Babel watches over Arches National Park, UT.
Credit: John Nelson

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (May 20)

Spring Survey Responses A Wow, Fling Golf, La Nina Coming Soon, More Cycling Series. We are truly awed and grateful for the incredible, enthusiastic responses we’ve been getting to our Spring Subscriber Survey 2016. If you’re familiar at all with surveys, you know that response rates are often in the single digits. So far, we’ve received fantastic 27.5% response rate.[Read More…]

by May 19, 2016 0 comments East, Features
The Globe reports about 600 skiers showed up for a final fling before Black Fly season.
Credit: Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Final Ski Run In New England

May Skiing In Maine? Who Knew? The hardcore showed up in the first weekend of May this year to take their last licks on the…ahem…snow.  As we all know, it has been a bad, bad season in the East, but the miracle snowmakers and groomers have managed to salvage a tendril of a season. Here’s a story from the May[Read More…]

by May 3, 2016 2 comments East
Free Senior Skiing Under Threat In NH

Free Senior Skiing Under Threat In NH

State Legislature Considers Ending Decades Of Free Senior Skiing At Cannon Mountain. Since 1973, state-owned Cannon Mountain has been the only ski area in New Hampshire to offer free skiing to seniors 65-plus.  This year, a second attempt to end free skiing for seniors was introduced to the legislature.  The change would mean seniors would pay a discount of two-thirds ticket price on[Read More…]

by April 19, 2016 2 comments East, Features, Home Top Box 1
Gore Mountain Resort is headquarters for the Back Country Ski Club. It's not always this foggy.
Credit: Pat McCloskey

Backwoods Ski Club: Informal Senior Group, No Rules, Just Fun

Good Times On Gore Mountain With Senior Skiers. I am riding the chair at Gore this week with my good friend Mike Smith.  He said to me, “McCloskey, I have found the meaning of life—speed, horsepower and altitude.” Mike is an avid skydiver and pilot as well as a real good skier.  At 66 years old, he has more energy[Read More…]

by April 6, 2016 2 comments East, Features
Check Out Jay Peak's Video.

Jay Peak Making Lemonade From A Lemon Ski Season

Vermont’s Jay Peak’s Video Shows How Creative Eastern Skiers Can Be When Making The Most Out Of Lemons. The clever skiers from the Northeast Kingdom discover a lemon tree right on the ski trail.  Can you count the number of ways they make lemonade?  Nice work, Jay Peak.  Next season will be better.  

by April 4, 2016 0 comments East, Features
Sugarbush offers a $99 mid-week pass for seniors.  Act now.  Price goes up on May 4.
Credit: Sugarbush

Seniors Save Big in New England

Fabulous Deals For Senior’s Next Season Passes Are Happening Now. It’s never too early to think about next winter. Most ski areas have opened up season pass sales for next winter with some big savings for seniors if they plan ahead and purchase their passes now. Here are a few of the highlights. If you’re 65 or older and planning[Read More…]

by March 24, 2016 6 comments East