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Wish the rules for buying a season pass were as clear as the skies over Alta. Credit: Harriet Wallis

Buying A Season Pass In The Covid Year

[Editor Note: This article first appeared in the Cottonwood Heights Journal on May 18, 2020. The situation unfolding in Utah is similar to what is happening in other regions of North America.]   A Season Pass Is A Complicated Decision. Gone are the days of one deadline, one price. This year, season passes are a jigsaw puzzle. It’s complicated by[Read More…]

by May 21, 2020 8 comments West
Seniors participating in Life Elevated Utah having fun and acting silly for the camera. Credit: Harriet Wallis

Senior Small Group Ski Week With Lodging Right On Uncrowded Powder Mountain

Plan Now For Next Winter Gary and Sandy Nielsen have run Road Scholar programs in Utah for about 20 years. They’re experts at planning and organizing week-long programs including Hopi pottery, dinosaurs and rock hounding in summer—and the very popular senior ski program in winter. But several years ago as the demand for more senior ski weeks kept growing, Gary[Read More…]

by March 19, 2020 5 comments West
Taos Kachina Peak is at 12,481 where the snow stays cold. Credit: Taos

A New Yorker Discovers New Mexico Resorts

A Veteran Skier Can’t Find Ice On His Visit To Taos, Angel Fire, Ski Santa Fe. The past three times I skied here in the East the skiing was good.  That means the trails were all skiable but every run you would encounter different conditions.  Most mornings after a cold night, you will find nice groomed corduroy which had set[Read More…]

by March 11, 2020 3 comments West
Chute 4 from the cornice. You ready? Credit: FeedTheHabit

The Daly Chutes At Deer Valley

[Editor Note: SeniorsSkiing.com is asking our readers to contribute to support our online magazine. Yes, we have grown in the number of subscribers and advertisers. But our expenses have also grown. You can help us defray some of these expenses by helping us out with a donation.] Support SeniorsSkiing.com by clicking here. ______________________________________________________ Want Steep? Chute 4 Has Steep. Deer[Read More…]

by February 24, 2020 0 comments West
Uncrowded Powder Mountain

Uncrowded Powder Mountain

[Editor Note: SeniorsSkiing.com is asking our readers to contribute to support our online magazine. Yes, we have grown in the number of subscribers and advertisers. But our expenses have also grown. You can help us defray some of these expenses by helping us out with a donation.] Support SeniorsSkiing.com by clicking here. ______________________________________________________ 500 Inches Of Snow, 8,000+ Acres, And[Read More…]

by February 5, 2020 6 comments West
Bear Valley Cross Country's Paul Petersen swigs water, something we should all remember to do.
Credit: Paul Petersen

Have You Been Drinking? It’s Time To Start!

Hydration and Stretching: Two Things You Must NEVER forget to do before you hit the slopes. If you’ve taken to heart the advice in a previous seniorssking.com article of Paul Petersen, president of Bear Valley Cross-Country in California, on the best way for seniors to get in shape for skiing, you’ve developed and faithfully followed a fitness regimen focusing on balance,[Read More…]

by January 27, 2020 0 comments Conditioning, West
Blue skies, top of the world at Deer Valley. Credit: Tamsin Venn

Deer Valley: Win-Win For Two Generations

Convincing Reasons Why Two Generations Love Deer Valley. We recently returned from our annual January family trip to Utah, with our 20-somethings joining us. Utah is currently experiencing record snowfall with more than 300 inches and more on the way. Aside from snow, here are reasons why two generations love Deer Valley, ranked consistently as one of the top ten[Read More…]

by January 27, 2020 6 comments Destinations, West
Alta's slopes are blooming!  Credit: Judy Calhoun

Alta’s Wild Flowers in Full Bloom

  Any one living in or visiting Salt Lake City can escape the heat and enjoy the remarkable wildflowers at Alta. Contributor Harriet Wllis reports that the Alta’s wildflowers are blooming like crazy right now. The meadows and slopes are like Persian carpets — covered with color!

by July 31, 2019 2 comments West
Riding the foothills of the Tucson Range. Credit: White Stallion Ranch

Non-Snow Activities: Dude Ranchin’

From Yodeling To Yippee-ing, Yvette Rides The Range.  I’m not sure if skiing gets you into shape for horseback riding or vice versa, but, yes, a lot of the same muscles are at play.  Either way, both take strong legs. I confirmed all of this at White Stallion Ranch just outside Tucson, AZ at the end of last ski season. [Read More…]

by June 27, 2019 1 comment West
Most of the trails at Snowbasin wind up at the Needles Gondola. Credit: Tamsin Venn

Snowbasin Goes Epic

Uncrowded, Beautiful Views, Variety Of Terrain, No Hotels. Older skiers would really like Snowbasin outside Ogden, UT. You have nearly 3,000 acres in which to avoid other skiers and 3,000 vertical feet to get some rhythm going. A remotish location keeps lines short midweek. Lifts whisk you up to the top of six scenic, craggy peaks: two high-speed gondolas, three[Read More…]

by April 16, 2019 2 comments West
First run of the day from the top of Lift 5. Credit: Marc Liebman

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Mammoth Update

Spring Skiing Paradise Editor Note: As of April 12, even more snow has fallen on the Sierra Nevada since this report was written. Mammoth is known for its late closings, generally after Memorial Day, but this year, closing is scheduled for July 4th!  On April 1st, the snow depth at the top of the 11,059 ft. mountain was a 230[Read More…]

by April 11, 2019 2 comments Resort Reviews, West
Spring Skiing And Gaping At Jackson Hole

Spring Skiing And Gaping At Jackson Hole

The First Week Of April Brings “Gapers” To JH And A Different Skiing Experience Editor Note: We are quite pleased when readers submit articles for publication in SeniorsSkiing.com.  David Barnes is a long-time reader who sent us this account of a yearly ritual at the venerable Jackson Hole.  Thanks David. Jackson Hole.  Two words that strike double-black-diamond terror in the[Read More…]

by April 11, 2019 0 comments West
SeniorsSkiing Guide: Silver Star Update

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Silver Star Update

I hadn’t been to Silver Star Mountain in probably two decades. I remembered a mellow, family resort with an Old West theme and very easy runs. Boy, has Silver Star in British Columbia, Canada’s interior grown up. Yes, the main street still has a bit of Old West, 1900s mining town vibe. But that’s where the original Silver Star ends.[Read More…]

by April 3, 2019 2 comments International, West
The parking lot is walled by snow. Where will they put the next storm's dump?  Credit: Harriet Wallis

A Banner Winter Through The Camera Of An Average Skier

Harriet’s Album Of Deep, Deep Snow Pics At Brighton. At my home resort Brighton, the snowfall has topped 500 inches—about 41 feet—and the snow keeps coming. Brighton is a down home, low key resort near Salt Lake City that’s favored by families and snowboarders. Plentiful snow is crucial because It’s our drinking water supply, and there have been several years[Read More…]

by April 1, 2019 7 comments West
June Mt has the views, plenty of groomed blues, and lots to choose. Credit: June Mt.

SeniorsSkiing Guide: June Is A Pleasant Surprise

In The Shadow Of Mammoth, June Mt. Features Dramatic Views. One of the most beautiful drives in ski country is from Carson City, NV down Rt 395 to Mammoth Lakes, CA.  Passing Mono Lake and making your way through the passes that are open in the winter yields some of the most breathtaking views in the country.  As we made[Read More…]

by March 18, 2019 2 comments Resort Reviews, West

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