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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
Nice blue groomers as well as steep glades. Credit: Solitude

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Solitude

New England Trails With Western Snow. I love skiing Solitude Mountain Resort for its wide range of trails for all levels and ages of skiers ranging from wide-open trails to steep, narrow trails that remind me of skiing Stowe, Mad River Glen, and Sugarbush. All the parking is right out front of the Moonbeam Lodge or Solitude Village. Management loves[Read More…]

by March 16, 2019 2 comments Resort Reviews, West
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SeniorsSkiing Guide: Powderhorn Mountain Resort

The Grand Mesa in western Colorado is the world’s largest flat-topped mountain. Six-thousand feet higher than surrounding terrain. In places, it ascends to 11,000’. You drive through high desert, ranchland, tiny villages. Then you climb to the heights of Powderhorn Mountain Resort.  Many of you have expressed interest in lesser-known ski areas. To those not in the neighborhood, Powderhorn qualifies[Read More…]

by March 4, 2019 1 comment West
Skiing off the top of Wolf Creek, with Alberta Peak in the distance. Credit: Samual Bricker courtesy of Wolf Creek Ski Area.

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Wolf Creek—The Snowiest Surprise

This Resort Has All The Characteristics Senior Skiers Love. It was a powder day at Colorado’s snowiest resort when we pulled in. Where were the crowds? Not here, they were in places like Aspen, Vail, and Winter Park. “There are maybe 500 people here,” said our shuttle driver. “Have fun!” Wolf Creek Ski Area is a delightful throwback situated on the[Read More…]

by February 25, 2019 1 comment Resort Reviews, West
SeniorsSkiing Guide: Steamboat

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Steamboat

At first glance, Steamboat is the ideal senior skier resort. It’s big. It’s predominantly intermediate. It’s anchored by a substantial town with hot springs, shops and many good restaurants. There are lodging options, galore. But Steamboat also has its challenges. If you’re not part of the IKON Pass, a day ticket can cost $129-159 (advance online). And reaching the lift[Read More…]

by February 13, 2019 5 comments Destinations, West
World Championships 101

World Championships 101

[Editor Note: As the new year begins, SeniorsSkiing.com is again 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.  This year, we have a mix of[Read More…]

by February 6, 2019 2 comments West
SeniorsSkiing Guide: Sundance

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Sundance

[Editor Note: As the new year begins, SeniorsSkiing.com is again 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.  This year, we have a mix of[Read More…]

by February 4, 2019 2 comments West
SeniorsSkiing Guide: Brian Head Resort

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Brian Head Resort

For a laid-back, inexpensive, Western ski vacation, perhaps with grandkids learning to ski or board, look into the southern comfort of Brian Head.

by January 22, 2019 0 comments West

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