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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
Make More Tracks: “When All Else Fails, We Still Have Trails”

Make More Tracks: “When All Else Fails, We Still Have Trails”

A Network Of Trails Run By Community Foundation Offers Multi-Use Recreational Activities. The motto above is the moniker of one of the most interesting trail systems I have seen to date. Round Valley, near Park City, UT, is a paradise for cross country skiers, fat bikers, hikers, and dog walkers. The well groomed trails encourage multi- use and 25 kilometres[Read More…]

by March 22, 2021 0 comments West, Make More Tracks
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
Make More Tracks: Favorite Nordic Centers In Colorado

Make More Tracks: Favorite Nordic Centers In Colorado

Small Ranch Resorts And Large Scale Nordic Centers Span The State. [Editor Note: This article by Pete Wilson first appeared in The Nordic Approach.]  In this state of mile-high life, opportunities to elevate your outdoor activities abound. Taking a page from the book of their Alpine resort neighbors, these cross-country ski areas center their offerings around the spectacular peaks of the[Read More…]

by March 15, 2021 0 comments West, Make More Tracks
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
Free run for our readers down the front side of Vail all the way to the bottom. Credit: Glenn Robbins

Top To Bottom: Vail

Take A Vicarious Vacation On A Beautiful Blue Run. Here’s a long (15 minute) run down the front side of Vail on a really nice blue. For those who haven’t been there, seeing wide, groomed slopes at Vail may be different from the mental model you’ve had of what it’s like at the fabled resort.  This is not the Back[Read More…]

by March 9, 2021 15 comments West
Question For You: Ski In Japan?

Question For You: Ski In Japan?

If You’ve Been, Tell Us So We Can Have A Vicarious Vacation. We have an interesting article this week from Dave Chambers, the “Traveling Australian.” He takes us to Appi Kogen, a resort in the north of Honshu, the big island of Japan. He spent a week skiing powder in the back end of the resort in perfect conditions he[Read More…]

by March 8, 2021 4 comments Features, International
Appi Kogen is a self-contained resort in northern Honshu.

Ski Japan: Happy Appi Kogen

Untracked Deep Powder For A Week. Casting aside the duvet and, with a flourish, we spread the curtains wide to greet a new day, a new location, a place of considerable legend. Here the tall Japanese Black Pines punctuate the landscape between the tall buildings of our hotel in this place almost three quarters of the way up the island[Read More…]

by March 8, 2021 2 comments International
Kitzbuehel: €€€€€

First Timers Tips For Skiing Europe

The Straight Story On The Continental Skiing Scene For Seniors. I have coached in pretty well all of the European skiing countries. SeniorsSkiing asked me could I recommend resorts to suit mature American skiers, especially first time visitors to the Continent. Here goes. The range of possibilities is vast. France plasters its slopes with lifts, Italy takes a more environmental[Read More…]

by March 3, 2021 10 comments International
Make More Tracks: Top Nordic Centers In The Midwest

Make More Tracks: Top Nordic Centers In The Midwest

Here Are Five At The Top Of The List. [Editor Note: This article by Pete Wilson first appeared in The Nordic Approach, the site of the Cross Country Ski Area Association.] Generally speaking, the midwestern states make up an overlooked bit of the country—literally, the fly-over states. And sadly, this wild misjudgment often extends to the world of outdoor activities.[Read More…]

by March 2, 2021 4 comments Midwest, Make More Tracks
How Is It At Park City And Deer Valley?

How Is It At Park City And Deer Valley?

Visitors To These Destination Resorts Send First Hand Report. [Editor Note: This article first appeared in The Chronicles of McCloskey, March 1, 2021.] How is the skiing experience in different areas around the country you might ask? We all have heard about the long lines in Colorado and Tahoe and even locally the lines have been robust. I am thinking[Read More…]

by March 2, 2021 6 comments West
Amazing vistas on a long, long at Les Deux Alpes

Les Deux Alpes: Top-To-Bottom

One Heck Of A Long Run. We’re getting hooked on these top-to-bottom videos.  For one thing, they are showing us ski resorts we have not visited. That alone is interesting in a vicarious vacation kind of way.  For us New England-oriented skiers, this video of the French Alps resort of Les Deux Alpes opens up a whole new world of[Read More…]

by March 1, 2021 5 comments Features, International
Duomo di Milano where we indulged in our initial Gelati. Credit: Medium.com

Obsessing Over Gelati In Milano

After Your Ski Trip, Do This, Especially When In Italy. It is the 8th March 2013, the day is cool but sunny. It is still winter here in Milano, Italy. Food and Italians go together like toast and marmalade on Isle of Wight. The clever people that they are they gathered the recipe from Marco Polo and created ice cream.[Read More…]

by February 22, 2021 1 comment International
Aspen Top To Bottom

Aspen Top To Bottom

Take A Virtual Vacation And A Long Run On Us. Ok, so no Aspen for you this year.  But here’s a video of a run from the top of Aspen Mountain all the way to the bottom.  Sounds like scratchy snow, and, come to think of it, where is everyone? Last season, SkiCo topped 1.5 million visits to Aspen Mountain[Read More…]

by February 22, 2021 5 comments West
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 11 comments Ski History, Ski Heroes, East
Vicarious Ski Run In The Swiss Alps: Fun Or Foolish?

Vicarious Ski Run In The Swiss Alps: Fun Or Foolish?

Here’s A Top-To-Bottom Video Of A Run At Nax. [Please consider supporting SeniorsSkiing.com with a donation. We appreciate your help. Click here.] This is a Go-Pro video we found on YouTube.  It’s shot at Nax ski resort in Switzerland, a charming ski village in Valais, overlooking Val de Herens. It’s an intermediate-type area with moderate runs, one of the many[Read More…]

by February 11, 2021 27 comments International
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
The Apartment is in the heart of Morzine.

Marg’s Morzine Mishap

Poor Marg. She Becomes A Poster Person For Travel Insurance. [Please consider supporting SeniorsSkiing.com with a donation. We appreciate your help. Click here.] When I think back over the last two decades, our group of skiing fanatics have been largely injury free. We are a large group of friends comprised of both Australian and British skiers. But there was Morzine.[Read More…]

by February 9, 2021 1 comment International
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
Beautiful downtown Curlew, WA, a ghost town stop on the way to BC.

An Odyssey Between US And Canada

Our Traveling Australian Skier Recalls Characters, Odd Places, And Skiing In The US/Canadian West. [Please consider supporting SeniorsSkiing.com with a donation. We appreciate your help. Click here.] Have you been to Curlew, WA? We try several routes in an attempt to exit the USA, having already skied at Schweitzer Ski Resort. When I say skied, I use the term advisedly.[Read More…]

by February 1, 2021 1 comment West
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
Line up for the Silver Queen gondola at Aspen. Credit: Evelyn Kanter

How Aspen/ Snowmass/ Highlands is Coping with Covid

A Major US Destination Resort Implements Its Virus Plan. Here’s An Early Report Card. The biggest challenge ski/snowboard resorts face this season just may be lunch. Covid-19 restrictions limit lifts to 50 percent capacity, but indoor dining restrictions are even less.  That means many skiers will not be able to find a place to sit to eat, even if they[Read More…]

by January 3, 2021 4 comments West
Silver Star mid-mountain village center.

Revelstoke Ramblings

A Traveling Australian Discovers Charm, Interesting Characters In British Columbia.

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
Empty Pockets In Gressoney La Trinité, Aosta Valley

Empty Pockets In Gressoney La Trinité, Aosta Valley

A Simple Lunch Turns Into A Lasting Memory In A Small Italian Alps Town. When you are living out of a suitcase while traveling from one ski resort to another and have to transfer cash and cards from ski pants to jeans daily, inevitably, one day a mishap will occur. I am in Gressoney La Trinité, the highest town in[Read More…]

by December 1, 2020 4 comments Active Travel For Seniors