Destinations

Snow is hanging on this year, melting slowly but inevitably, starting with the trees.
Credit: Mike Maginn

The Last Loop: Snow Leaves The Field, Enter Spring

A final ski tour at Appleton Farms reveals winter letting go. It is that special interim period here in New England between the end of winter and the start of spring.  Last week, we headed out across the corn snow at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA., in the bright, and, yes, warm sunlight.  We recalled the first time we skied[Read More…]

by April 6, 2015 2 comments Remember When?, East
More Ice Canoe Racing On The St. Lawrence

More Ice Canoe Racing On The St. Lawrence

Looking Back At A Cool, Cold Sport In Quebec. In February, we traveled to Quebec to visit the Winter Carnavale and the legendary ski resorts on the St. Lawrence, Mount Saint Anne and Le Massif de Charlevoix.  The city was alive with thousands of people celebrating the brilliant cold and the many events of the Carnavale.  One of these was[Read More…]

by April 3, 2015 0 comments International
Despite snow drought, author's daughter Katie Cleese and friend Rose Cendak practice Quidditch at Heavenly Valley.
Credit: Rose Marie Cleese

Sierra Ski Season 2014–15: A Mixed Bag

In a winter with the lowest snowfall in the Sierra Nevada since record-keeping began, some resorts fared well while others barely managed to open. On April 1st, it was no joke when California’s Department of Water Resources snow surveyors went to Phillips Station off Highway 50 near Echo Summit to do their official April 1st measurement of the snowpack. Whereas[Read More…]

by April 3, 2015 1 comment West, Home Top Box 1
If You Like Mountains…

If You Like Mountains…

Take An Aerial Tour Of The Himalayas. Teton Gravity Research, one of our favorite action sports movie makers, has captured the spirit of the mighty giants of the Himalayas.  Using an advanced camera stablizer, this short, ultra HD video takes you up close and personal to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse.  Fasten your seat belt and pass the pop-corn.

by March 24, 2015 0 comments Features, International
Getting Fresh On The Mountain

Getting Fresh On The Mountain

Deer Valley’s Seafood Buffet A Wasatch Institution. Deer Valley in Park City consistently ranks at the top of SKI Magazine’s polls for guest service, on-mountain food and snow grooming. As a part time instructor there for several years, I came to understand that the resort has a unique hotel culture. Customers are treated as “guests.” As one executive advised us,[Read More…]

by March 24, 2015 1 comment West
Ski Divas gathered in Montana this year.  Clear skies and clearly fun.
Credit: The Ski DIva

The Ski Diva Heads West

All-Women Ski Trip Brings Kindred Spirits Together Our friend and colleague, The Ski Diva, gathers a group of Diva Members for an annual ski trip to exciting places.  This year, her group went to Montana where they had a rocking good time.  Click here for her report.  Pass this along to the Ski Diva in your life. The Ski Diva[Read More…]

by March 19, 2015 0 comments Features, West
Breaking News: Boyne, Intrawest, Powdr Launch M.A.X. Pass

Breaking News: Boyne, Intrawest, Powdr Launch M.A.X. Pass

Ski & ride 22 resorts five times each for total of 110 days. The Multi Alpine Experience (M.A.X.) Pass is a brand new, groundbreaking ski pass giving access to 22 mountains all over North America. M.A.X. passholders will get five days of skiing or riding at each of the 22 participating resorts for the 2015/2016 ski season. Resorts include: Blue[Read More…]

by March 17, 2015 0 comments Destinations
Lift Mechanic Jamill Sami puts finishing touches on his department's gigantic ninja turtle.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

St. Patrick’s Day Snow Art At Brighton, Utah

Everyone enjoys trailside sculptures in annual tradition. The snow sculpture competition is an annual St. Patrick’s Day event at Brighton Resort, Utah. The competition pits departments against each other in a good natured contest. During the night as grooming equipment manicures the slopes for the next day, they scoop up a pile of snow for each department. Lifties who run the[Read More…]

by March 17, 2015 4 comments Destinations, West
Northstar-at-Tahoe has been operating full blast since Thanksgiving.
Credit: Northstar

There’s Snow In Them Thar (California) Hills

Although Snow Conditions Have Been Less Than Golden This Season, There IS Some Great Skiing To Be Had In California’s Northern Sierra Nevada. While much of the U.S. has gotten battered all winter long by massive dumps of snow and other inclement weather, California’s Sierra Nevada has been having a tough time living up to its name (“snowy mountain range”[Read More…]

by March 9, 2015 0 comments Destinations, West
Back country warnings are there for a reason.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Serious Stuff: There Is No Such Thing As “Side Country”

And There Is No Such Thing As Being A Little Bit Dead. Yesterday we rode the chairlift with a bozo. Okay. Maybe he wasn’t a bozo. Maybe he was just clueless. All the way up he yapped about his skiing prowess. And near the top he phoned home to give his wife his location. “She worries about me,” he said.[Read More…]

by March 9, 2015 5 comments Features, West, Home Top Box 3
Almost like a Japanese woodcut,  skiers in Niseko run through the flakes.
Credit: Susie Winthrop

Ski Japan: Looking For Snow? Head West. All The Way.

Combine lots of snow with an exotic destination for an incredible skiing experience. O.K., you adventurous senior powder-hounds: How far will you fly to find an awesome stash in this odd winter of snow conditions?  If you don’t fly east to New England or Quebec to ski, how about 14 hours on a JAL flight to Tokyo on a 787[Read More…]

by March 5, 2015 5 comments International, Home Top Box 2
One glance at the February weather composite shows why we've had a weird mid-Winter: Cold East, Warm West. 
Credit: Weatherbell.com

Portrait Of A Weird February: East, Coldest; West, Warmest

Here’s a picture of our weather record-breaking mid-winter month. Black and White, Ying and Yang, Macy’s and Gimbel’s, Felix and Oscar: These opposites come to mind when we look at this picture of what happened to the weather in February, 2015.  The Washington Post reports there were coldest months on record throughout the East, while the West cooked.  There are[Read More…]

by March 4, 2015 0 comments Features, East, West
Come On Over, Western Skiers: Eastern Snow Is Epic

Come On Over, Western Skiers: Eastern Snow Is Epic

Boston Reports Over 100 Inches, 2 1/2 More Than Normal, With Three More Weeks Of Winter To Go. If you are a senior skier from the West, you are probably wondering what’s going on with the snow.  Our correspondent in Utah report skiers taking two or three runs on ice-covered, snow-deprived slopes and calling it a day.  We’ve heard of areas[Read More…]

by February 25, 2015 0 comments Features, East
Skiing into the river? Looks that way at Le Massif de Charlevoix
Credit: SkiZone

Le Massif de Charlevoix: Views, Trails, and Chic

Where else can you ski into a major river (almost) and take a ski train to a charming village? About an hour north of Quebec City, we find Le Massif de Charlevoix, a magnificent and major North American ski area that offers several exceptional features: Most people arrive and park at the top of the mountain, making their first run[Read More…]

by February 24, 2015 0 comments International, Home Top Box 1
SeniorsSkiing.com is proud to spotlight George Jedenhoff, 97,  who skis Alta every year.
Credit: Ski Utah

SuperSeniorSpotlight: George Jedenoff Shreds Alta At 97

SeniorsSkiing Honors A Legend Who’s Skied Alta For 55 Years. How’s the spring in your legs?  Here’s George Jedenoff, a 97-year old from Oakland, CA, who has been skiing Alta, UT, since 1960.  With a lifetime season pass and a healthy lifestyle, George shows us that skiing can be a part of any stage of life. Here’s a short video of George[Read More…]

by February 23, 2015 0 comments West
Mascot Bonhomme makes us feel welcome at his Palais.
Credit: Tourisme Quebec

Au Quebec Pays des Merveilles d’Hiver

Au Quebec Pays des Merveilles d’Hiver Messieurs et Mesdammes, nous aimons le Quebec en hiver! With apologies to Madame Haydu, my high school French teacher, our recent journée au Quebec was trés intéressant, and nous were heureuse to tell you toût de l’historie. Eçoutez, Senior Skiers, if you are looking for a winter vacation in snow country that is different,[Read More…]

by February 19, 2015 3 comments International
Eldora's Front Range Gang is another model senior-focused program.  Other ski areas: Are you paying attention?
Credit: Eldora Resort

Eldora’s Front Range Gang Is A Model Senior Skier Program

Here’s An Another Area-Sponsored Program For Senior Skiers. Anyone who lives in or visits Boulder in winter has absolutely no excuse not to ski Eldora Mountain Resort, not really a resort with lodging but a simple ski area under the brow of the Continental Divide, is just 21 miles west of town. There’s no need to drive, since scheduled RTD buses[Read More…]

by February 17, 2015 5 comments West
Quebec Winter Carnival: Canoe Racing On The Frozen St. Lawrence

Quebec Winter Carnival: Canoe Racing On The Frozen St. Lawrence

A New Extreme Sport Emerges For Those Who Really Love The Cold Hearty, are we?  Well, these lads surely are.  These garcons are one of a dozen or so teams, some of them professionals, who are canoe racing on the St. Lawrence during Quebec’s Winter Carnival.  The amateurs included a women’s team, mixed men and women teams and a few folks[Read More…]

by February 12, 2015 0 comments East, International
BLIZZard, no longer BlizzARD.  Talk like a native.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Sound Like A Local

Here’s How To Talk The Talk. Every region has its own pronunciations, so if you take a western ski trip you might want to brush up on a few words and say them the way the local say them. Word 1: Alta. This popular ski-only resort in Utah is the granddaddy of powder skiing. It averages 500 inches of snow[Read More…]

by January 28, 2015 3 comments West
Is This Guy For Real? Amazing Candide Thovex In The Alps

Is This Guy For Real? Amazing Candide Thovex In The Alps

Daredevil is becoming an -ism.  Here’s yet another impossible run. We wonder if videos like this help recruit people to skiing or turn them off.  It sure looks, um, well, risky.  What do you think? Professional skiers Candide Thovex totally shreds Val Blanc.

by January 21, 2015 1 comment Features, International
Silver Streakers Mike and Anne Pelletier totally enjoy the benefits of the Waterville Valley program.
Credit: Tamsin Vinn

Silver Streaks: A Model For How Ski Areas Can Serve Seniors

You Always Have Someone to Ski With at the Waterville Valley Program. [Editor Note:  Waterville Valley’s Silver Streak Program was a Gold Senior Friendly Award Winner, based on SeniorsSkiing.com’s First Ski Area and Resort Survey.  Silver Streaks is the oldest senior ski program in the US.  We hope that other ski areas can start “Thinking Seniors” like Waterville.] “I’m so[Read More…]

by January 19, 2015 1 comment East, Home Top Box 1
Road Scholars can visit Lapland where Auroras live.
Credit: Road Scholars

“Road Scholars” Flock To Winter Learning Programs

XC and Snowshoeing Plus Study Opportunities From Lapland to Oregon. From Roger Lohr, founder and editor at XCSkiResorts.com: The Road Scholar program is a brand within the Elderhostel program intended for adults who want to travel and learn and stimulate discourse and friendship among other people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime. This is an institution that[Read More…]

by January 9, 2015 0 comments Destinations
Munching along at Eastman's outdoor ski party.
Credit: Roger Lohr

Eat Your Way To Fitness: Gourmet Ski Tours

Lots of Chocolate: Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Events Collected By XCSkiResorts.com From Roger Lohr, XCSkiResorts.com: Want a guilt-free way to indulge yourself with food while exercising? XC Skiing is one of the best forms of aerobic exercise but if you go on a “Gourmet Ski Tour” on your xc skis or snowshoes, you may very well eat your way to[Read More…]

by December 29, 2014 0 comments Home Top Box 1, Destinations, Nutrition
A bevy of Santas collaborate at Brighton Ski Resort, UT.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

A Gaggle of Santas: Merry Christmas From SeniorsSkiing.com

by December 26, 2014 0 comments West
Adaptive Ski Instructor Alisa Anderson guides a student on the "Snow Slider" at Smuggler's Notch.
Credit: Alisa Anderson

Coming Back From Injury: Avoid One-Sidedness

Adaptive Ski Instructor Provides Advice on Predictable Issues for Returnees Alisa Anderson, Smuggler’s Notch’s (VT) adaptive skiing program manager, is a highly-specialized PSIA instructor who, over the past 20 years, has applied techniques and tools for skiers of all kinds who need a little extra help getting down the mountain. She trained at the National Sports Center for the Disabled,[Read More…]

by December 24, 2014 1 comment Conditioning, East, Home Top Box 3