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Reassembling parts takes time and patience.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Lift Maintenance 101

The Whole Summer Was Spent Getting Ready For Winter. It’s 80 degrees at Deer Valley. Mountain snow melted long ago. A summer breeze rustles leaves on the aspen trees and wafts through the open doors of the maintenance shop. The crew wears shorts and T-shirts. It’s mid-July. Gears and gizmos cover the work benches, and the crew is meticulously polishing,[Read More…]

by November 20, 2017 2 comments Features, West
On the Gon at Mammoth.
Credit: Sarah Sherman/ MMSA

Mammoth Memories: See Ya!!!

In the winter of 1993, I was in my 29th season, age 55 and still in that happy state of benign self-deception when I believed I skied better each season than the season before. A lifelong wage slave, despite passionate longings to the contrary, I had never given myself the luxury of a ski-bum year. As a weekend-warrior, a good[Read More…]

by November 6, 2017 3 comments Features, West
Five Tips For Sierra Summer Skiing

Five Tips For Sierra Summer Skiing

[Editor Note: This article by Correspondent Rose Marie Cleese first appeared in Liftopia’s The Blog.  We thank Liftopia for allowing us to pass it along to the readers of SeniorsSkiing.com.] Even though summer has officially arrived and temperatures are reaching triple-digits across the country, are you still nostalgic about winter and wish you had gotten in a couple more days[Read More…]

by June 26, 2017 0 comments West
June Skiing At Alta: The Never-Ending Season Goes On

June Skiing At Alta: The Never-Ending Season Goes On

Where Is Everyone? There’s Pow At Alta. Thanks to Snowbrains for passing this along.  June 13, 2017 run at Alta.

by June 16, 2017 0 comments West
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Alta’s GM Onno Wieringa Retires

He’s Loved And Will Be Missed. Onno Wieringa has a passion for snow and for the soul of Alta. They have been his love and his career for 45 years. He arrived at Alta Ski Area in 1972 and landed a job as ski patroller. That was his day job. At night, he was a bartender at Rustler Lodge. After[Read More…]

by April 20, 2017 1 comment West
Women in Big White Ski Resort Masters ski program show off their green hair helmet decorations. The program runs a week with lessons in the morning and social programs at night. Kelowna, BC.
Credit: Yvette Cardozo

Master’s Week At Big White: Senior Focused Lessons And Activities

Big White Found The Right Formula To Attract Seniors For A Special Week Just For Them. Like so many things of yesteryear, ski weeks are making a comeback. And not surprisingly, they’re aimed at the same folks who went ski trips back during the ski week heyday in the 1970s and early ‘80s—the Boomers. The original ski week hit when[Read More…]

by April 11, 2017 0 comments International, West
Jolly time at Masters Week apres ski party at Big White Ski Resort. The Masters program is aimed at skiers of all levels over the age of 50. 
Credit: Yvette Cardozo

Master’s Week At Big White: The Social Side For Seniors

There’s More Than Ski Clinics For Seniors That Make Big White’s Master’s Week Unique. [Editor Note: Correspondent Yvette Cardozo also reported on Big White’s Master’s Week focusing on the ski instruction elements.  Here, she shows us the social side which really looks like a lot of fun.] The social part of the Big White Ski Resort Masters Week is what made[Read More…]

by April 11, 2017 3 comments International, West
Snow Pack In California: This Says It All

Snow Pack In California: This Says It All

Lots And Lots And Lots Of Snow. PBS posted a Plant Labs video comparing the snow cover from 2015 to 2017. And we understand there is more snow coming this weekend to the High Sierra.  It’s April, folks.      

by April 6, 2017 1 comment West
Hangmans at Mammoth. Pat calls the big mountain a hybrid between corporate and local.
Credit: Pat McCloskey

Ski Areas Versus Ski Resorts

There Is A Clear And Distinct Difference. Which Is For You? Just returned from my annual ski adventure with my group of guys from all over the country.  We all converge on our friend in Tahoe and enjoy the Tahoe areas and then head to Mammoth to end the week.  Have to tell you folks, there is a lot of[Read More…]

by March 30, 2017 2 comments West
View from the top at Bogus Basin, the ski resort outside Boise, ID
Credit: Yvette Cardozo

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Bogus Basin Not Your Usual Local Ski Hill

This Non-Profit Ski Area Is Community Owned And Prices Reflect It. Bogus Basin outside Boise, ID, is the local ski hill. But it’s not your usual tiny, rustic, over run local hill. “What you get here is destination skiing at local prices,” said General Manager Brad Wilson. “Our lift tickets are $59, our ski rental package $30, our burgers are[Read More…]

by March 21, 2017 1 comment Resort Reviews, West
The base at Tamarack Resort with sports and cafe domes and a snow rainbow.
Credit: Tamarack Resort

SeniorsSkiing Guide:Tamarack’s Cruising Ground Is Wide Open

Almost Down And Out, This Resurrected Resort Returns As A Bargain For Senior Skiers. Tamarack is the original comeback kid. It opened in 2004 to great fanfare and serious celebrity cred, the first new ski resort in the US since Beaver Creek in 1980. With tennis star Andre Agassi and wife Steffi Graf at their publicity helm, the idea was to[Read More…]

by March 14, 2017 0 comments Resort Reviews, West
Indie Ski Club members get ready to ski Mountain Masters: left to right:
Anne Kelvin, Laryn Peterson, Marilyn Rader, Janet Zusman, Sue Johnson
Credit: Tamsin Venn

SeniorsSkiing Guide: At Steamboat Let Mountain Masters Be Your Guide

Popular Program For Seniors Offers Guided Skiing All Day. For Free. On one of those perfect bluebird Colorado days, I rode up the Gondola at Steamboat (www.Steamboat.com) with a group of women from the Indianapolis Ski Club (www.indyskiclub.org), who thought I was one of them. All us skiers look alike in our goggles and helmets. They were spending a week[Read More…]

by March 14, 2017 4 comments Resort Reviews, West
Main pool at Burgdorf Hot Springs during a light snowfall.

Ski Idaho – Snowmobile To Hot Springs

Idaho has the most usable hot springs in the entire US: 130 springs out of the state’s 340 are “soakable.” Yes, it’s warm down there underground. The state apparently sits above a massive hot spot that fuels not only this but the springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park. So, locals have their pick from rustic pools that are run[Read More…]

by March 8, 2017 0 comments Resort Reviews, West
Sleigh pulled by percheron horses takes people out to help feed elk in Donnelly, ID, near McCall. Light snowfall speckles the scene. The Points family has been feeding wild elk on their land to help them survive winter for three generations.
Credit: Yvette Cardozo

Something Different For The Grandkids: Idaho Elk Feed

When It’s Time For A Diversion Excursion, Visit The Elk Herd. Yes, Idaho has some delicious skiing. Yes, some people want to do something else. In winter. In the snow. And so, in the McCall area, there’s the elk feeding trip. Back in 1983, Lyle Points’ pop, Vernon, started to worry about the elk on his land. These were wild[Read More…]

by February 27, 2017 1 comment West
Credit: Homewood Mountain Resort

Sierra Nevada Blowout Version 2.0

And The Snow Just Keeps Piling Up! A month ago I wrote that, barring a barrage of rainstorms, 2016–17 would be going down as an epic ski season in the Sierra Nevada. What’s a word that’s greater than “epic”?! Stupendous? Mammoth? Ginormous? All apply to the Sierra’s burgeoning snowpack that just keeps growing, thanks to another string of snowstorms in[Read More…]

by February 23, 2017 0 comments West

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