Resort Reviews

Lots of folks lining up at Winter Park.  Holiday weekend was busy.
Credit: Susan Winthrop

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Winter Park, CO—Almost Denver

Close to Denver, This Venerable and Varied Ski Resort Can Get Crowded On Weekends. One of the oldest ski areas in Colorado, Winter Park is only 67 miles from Denver (about a 90 minute drive). It has excellent terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. I was there with my daughter and her 12 year old twins who couldn’t[Read More…]

by February 25, 2016 0 comments Resort Reviews, West
Terrain for everyone at Sunday River and lots of room for blue cruising.
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SeniorsSkiing Guide: Fixed Income Skiing on a Liberated Schedule at Sunday River, ME

Big, Big Four-Season Resort In Maine Has Activity-Filled Social Scene For Seniors. For seniors on a fixed income and liberated schedule, a top place to ski in the East is Sunday River, ME. That is for three main reasons. First, it is huge. When you look up from the South Ridge base lodge, you see wide slopes slung over rolling[Read More…]

by February 24, 2016 3 comments East, Resort Reviews
The Needles Lodge and Gondola at SnowBasin on a bluebird day.
Credit: Jon Weisberg

SeniorsSkiing Guide: SnowBasin

Great Skiing. Terrific Views. America’s Fanciest Loos. SnowBasin is the expansive, exceptionally beautiful Utah area that most out-of-staters never get to ski. They’re attracted to the bigger name resorts just 45 minutes east of the airport. Head north, add 10 minutes, and you’re at MAGNIFICENT, SnowBasin—site of the 2002 Olympic Downhill events. At the top, looking over its 3,300 acres,[Read More…]

by February 22, 2016 0 comments Resort Reviews, West
The Trapp Family Lodge is a one of a few of our favorite things.
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SeniorsSkiing Guide: Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Skiing Has Trails for Seniors

The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Senior Skiers. In 1968 Johannes von Trapp opened the first commercial Nordic Center in the U.S. on his family’s farm overlooking the Worcester Range in Stowe, Vt. The Trapp Family Lodge continues as a diamond of Nordic skiing with 100 kilometers of trails on more than 2,500 acres in one of the most[Read More…]

by February 22, 2016 0 comments East, Resort Reviews
Stowe in the morning.  Skiing starts at 7:30 am.
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SeniorsSkiing Guide: Stowe Mountain Resort—Easy Ways Down

Legendary Ski Trails As Well As Amazing Blue Runs. Visibility was poor as I slid onto the Forerunner Quad to reach the summit of Stowe Mountain Resort, braced by Mt. Mansfield, highest peak in Vermont at 4,395 feet. Somewhere below in the gray swirl were the legendary front four—the Goat, Starr, National, Liftline—the gnarliest and most iconic ski trails in the[Read More…]

by February 18, 2016 2 comments East, Resort Reviews
SeniorsSkiing Guide: Mission Ridge On A Snowy Day

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Mission Ridge On A Snowy Day

Day Trip-able Area From Seattle Offers Senior Bargains and “Uncrowds.” “My wife and I are retiring and moving here this year,” the skier from the Seattle area said as we rode the chairlift at Mission Ridge. “We love it here.” I could see the attraction of this gem on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains. Mission has bargain pricing,[Read More…]

by February 18, 2016 0 comments Home Top Box 3, Resort Reviews, West
With Mount Shuksan looming behind, a snowboarder shreds soft snow at Mt. Baker Ski Area.
Credit: John Nelson

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Mt. Baker, Snow Catcher

Hey Seniors, Low Ticket Prices In The Northwest! Mt. Baker is a storm factory. This North Cascades ski area holds the world record for snowfall in a season—an incredible 95 feet dumped here in 1998-99! I arrived in mid-January to a modest three inches new, but that was on top of a foot that had fallen the previous day. The[Read More…]

by February 16, 2016 2 comments Resort Reviews, West
SeniorsSkiing Guide: It’s Hard To Beat Crystal Mountain On A Sunny Day

SeniorsSkiing Guide: It’s Hard To Beat Crystal Mountain On A Sunny Day

Pacific Northwest Resort Is Largest Plus Reasonably Priced For 70+ Seniors. When I stepped off the resort’s gondola, I was treated to a stunning view of 14,410-foot Mount Rainier just 12 miles to the south. Not a bad way to begin a spring-like February day at Washington’s largest ski area. I clicked in and started with some of Crystal’s cruisers. Many of[Read More…]

by February 10, 2016 0 comments Home Top Box 1, Resort Reviews, West
Skiing in open fields under a bluebird sky at Appleton Farms, Ipswich, MA is about as good as it gets.
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SeniorsSkiing Guide: History All Around At Appleton Farms

Boston’s North Shore Has A Peaceful Place For Senior Nordic Skiing Or Snowshoeing. We cross the road and climb over the stone wall into a grove of trees, walking a few yards to a trail. Stepping into our skis, we take a look around; we are in the woods, frosty air, untracked trail ahead. No one around but us. Off we go[Read More…]

by February 10, 2016 1 comment East, Resort Reviews
Deer Valley at the top with a view of Jordanelle Reservoir.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Deer Valley Sets The Gold Standard

It’s the Deer Valley Difference. When Deer Valley opened 35 years ago, it was a novel concept to commit to top notch service in skiing, dining and lodging. Today it’s the gold standard. The resort is known for its impeccable grooming, incredible dining and attention to every detail. Senior skiers really like that. How to start your day right. Uniformed[Read More…]

by February 3, 2016 5 comments Home Top Box 2, Resort Reviews, West
Hannes Schneider is called the Father of Modern Skiing at Cranmore.  He established ski instruction that opened the sport beyond college athletes.
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SeniorsSkiing Guide: Cranmore A Classic Senior Ski Hill

This Venerable Mountain Is Super Senior Friendly. Returning to Cranmore Mountain in North Conway, NH, is like coming back to the basics. You will not find flash, large verticals, or multiple-piste skiing.  No heart-stopping double diamonds.  You will find like-minded senior regulars gathering in the little lodge, classic New England narrow trail skiing as well as broad, open blue cruisers. Low key[Read More…]

by February 2, 2016 7 comments East, Home Top Box 1, Resort Reviews
Alta is all about open slopes and big vistas. Here is Big Dipper, a beautiful "blue" level run.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Alta, Skiers’ Paradise

It’s Vast Open Space And Powder. Alta is the granddaddy of powder skiing. It averages 500 inches of snow a year which earns it the nickname: Skiers’ Paradise. It has wide, wide open bowls with groomed trails, but everywhere you look slopes are left au natural and full of powder. That’s ample for most senior skiers. But it also has[Read More…]

by January 26, 2016 9 comments Home Top Box 3, Resort Reviews, West
HoliMont stages a host of racing programs. The resort is located in the western tier of New York state.
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SeniorsSkiing Guide: HoliMont Ski Club, Ellicottville, NY

What’s It Like To Ski At A Private Club? History and Programs In 1932, William Merk observed the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid and vowed to start a ski area in his home in Western New York.  His years of skiing with the Ellicottville Ski Club on Fish Hill and the Greer and Holiday Valley peaks inspired him to start[Read More…]

by January 21, 2016 2 comments Resort Reviews
The Mt. Rose chutes from a distance.
Credit: Pat McCloskey

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Mt. Rose and The Chutes

Tahoe Area Has A Big Surprise For An Eastern Newbie. For many years, I drove up the Mt. Rose Highway out of Reno and passed the Mt. Rose Ski Area on my way to Incline Village, Nevada. It seems like Mt. Rose has been a favorite of the Reno locals for years and when I finally skied it a couple[Read More…]

by January 13, 2016 4 comments Resort Reviews
Reviewer Jan gleefully shows off his $20 season pass for 75+ skiers.
Credit; Jan Brunvand

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Powder Mountain—Second Biggest Resort

Mega But Low Key Resort Close To Salt Lake City Has True Bargains For Seniors. Until this season Powder Mountain ski resort advertised, “More than 7,000 acres. The largest resort in the United States. A hidden gem.” Now that Vail Corp. combined Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort into 7,300 skiable acres, the claim of largest no longer stands. But[Read More…]

by January 6, 2016 4 comments Resort Reviews