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Many senior skiers like wide groomers.  Big Sky has some beauts.
Credit: Greg Burke www.luxuryskitrips.com

Big Sky, Big Win For 3 Gens

Can Mom (74) Adapt To Big Sky Skiing?               SeniorsSkiing.com welcomes Correspondent Heather Burke, Ski Journalist LuxurySkiTrips.com and FamilySkiTrips.com Big Sky is just as massive and scenic as it sounds, with over 5,750-acres and a skiable summit soaring to 11,166’ and dropping 4,350’ vertical feet to the base village. Boom. This Montana ski resort is as intimidating as[Read More…]

by October 21, 2015 1 comment Home Top Box 2, West
Veteran Instructor and SeniorsSkiing.com Advisory Board Member Seth Masia re-teaches seniors to ski at Vail.

Ski Younger Now: Retraining Program At Vail

Ski Younger Now is a retraining program for older skiers, and skiers returning to the sport after recovering from an injury. Developed by veteran instructor, Seth Masia (Seth is on the SeniorsSkiing.com Advisory Board), Ski Younger Now teaches low-impact, low-torque techniques to enable efficient skiing in all kinds of terrain. The approach works for anyone recovering from an injury and[Read More…]

by October 13, 2015 0 comments West
Lake Louise webcam reveals a dusting. More webcams can be found on OpenSnow.com
Credit: OpenSnow

Let There Be Snow: Early Signs Of White

There Is Indeed Snow In Those Hills, And It Is Still Summer! Our very favorite meteorological, snow forecast website is OpenSnow.  If you haven’t visited them, please do: It provides clear explanations about what is happening in the atmosphere and provides snow depth information for most ski hills in North America.  Definitely worth a bookmark in your browser. A recent posting[Read More…]

by September 9, 2015 0 comments West
Happy 90th Junior Bounous!

Happy 90th Junior Bounous!

Still Doing Pow And Inspiring The Rest of Us As Junior Bounous celebrates his ninth decade, we salute his love of the sport and his motivation.  His message to the rest of us is simple: “Keep moving!”  Check.  Thanks, Junior and have a great birthday. Here’s a short documentary produced by Snowbird that chronicles Junior’s trip down the Pipeline at[Read More…]

by August 25, 2015 3 comments Ski Heroes, West
Kayaking is a great upper-body workout for skiers in the off-season and especially relaxing on the calm waters of Lake Tahoe, one of the clearest lakes in the world with water clarity of more than 70 feet. Credit: The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

My Fitness Journey Continues: Part Four

Exercise your right to stay fit when you go on that summer trip! To all you senior winter sports aficionados out there who still have your summer escape ahead of you: Is fitness a part of your plans? It should be, and it should be easy to pull off. Those days of lazing about day after day, taking afternoon naps[Read More…]

by July 30, 2015 0 comments Conditioning, West
Harriet Wallis conquers the trail to the top of Emigration Canyon.  Check.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Harriet Wallis’ Great Idea: Perhaps You Need A “Pail List”

SeniorsSkiing.com Correspondent Harriet Wallis Has A New “Pail List” It’s summer and half my friends are traveling the planet. They’re checking off places on their bucket list. I get emails from exotic locations. They send photos of elephants and penguins, mountain peaks and crystal clear lakes. So I ask: “What’s wrong with me? Why don’t I have a big bucket[Read More…]

by July 23, 2015 2 comments Home Top Box 1, West
From Skiing Area News, Winter 1970.

No-Shows For Late Season Skiing?

Many Years Ago, Alta Stayed Open Late And Guess Who Showed Up? With so many late, unexpected and unusual snowfalls this late spring, we wondered if people were still showing up.  After all, it is almost boating season.  Yet, a report last week from Faithful Subscriber Paul Remillard showed us that there are die-hards out there.  It was not always thus,[Read More…]

by June 2, 2015 0 comments Remember When?, West
Will Deer Valley Change The Sign?
Credit: CityWeekly.Net

It’s Official: Deer Valley Owns Solitude

Changes In Uphill Capacity For 2015-16 Already Planned. As we reported last October, the deal is now done.  Deer Valley has scooped up Solitude Resort, put a new general manager in place and is announcing lots of capital improvements for next season. Read all about it here. 

by May 1, 2015 2 comments West
Despite snow drought, author's daughter Katie Cleese and friend Rose Cendak practice Quidditch at Heavenly Valley.
Credit: Rose Marie Cleese

Sierra Ski Season 2014–15: A Mixed Bag

In a winter with the lowest snowfall in the Sierra Nevada since record-keeping began, some resorts fared well while others barely managed to open. On April 1st, it was no joke when California’s Department of Water Resources snow surveyors went to Phillips Station off Highway 50 near Echo Summit to do their official April 1st measurement of the snowpack. Whereas[Read More…]

by April 3, 2015 1 comment Home Top Box 1, West
Getting Fresh On The Mountain

Getting Fresh On The Mountain

Deer Valley’s Seafood Buffet A Wasatch Institution. Deer Valley in Park City consistently ranks at the top of SKI Magazine’s polls for guest service, on-mountain food and snow grooming. As a part time instructor there for several years, I came to understand that the resort has a unique hotel culture. Customers are treated as “guests.” As one executive advised us,[Read More…]

by March 24, 2015 1 comment West
Ski Divas gathered in Montana this year.  Clear skies and clearly fun.
Credit: The Ski DIva

The Ski Diva Heads West

All-Women Ski Trip Brings Kindred Spirits Together Our friend and colleague, The Ski Diva, gathers a group of Diva Members for an annual ski trip to exciting places.  This year, her group went to Montana where they had a rocking good time.  Click here for her report.  Pass this along to the Ski Diva in your life. The Ski Diva[Read More…]

by March 19, 2015 0 comments Features, West
Lift Mechanic Jamill Sami puts finishing touches on his department's gigantic ninja turtle.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

St. Patrick’s Day Snow Art At Brighton, Utah

Everyone enjoys trailside sculptures in annual tradition. The snow sculpture competition is an annual St. Patrick’s Day event at Brighton Resort, Utah. The competition pits departments against each other in a good natured contest. During the night as grooming equipment manicures the slopes for the next day, they scoop up a pile of snow for each department. Lifties who run the[Read More…]

by March 17, 2015 4 comments Destinations, West
Northstar-at-Tahoe has been operating full blast since Thanksgiving.
Credit: Northstar

There’s Snow In Them Thar (California) Hills

Although Snow Conditions Have Been Less Than Golden This Season, There IS Some Great Skiing To Be Had In California’s Northern Sierra Nevada. While much of the U.S. has gotten battered all winter long by massive dumps of snow and other inclement weather, California’s Sierra Nevada has been having a tough time living up to its name (“snowy mountain range”[Read More…]

by March 9, 2015 0 comments Destinations, West
Back country warnings are there for a reason.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Serious Stuff: There Is No Such Thing As “Side Country”

And There Is No Such Thing As Being A Little Bit Dead. Yesterday we rode the chairlift with a bozo. Okay. Maybe he wasn’t a bozo. Maybe he was just clueless. All the way up he yapped about his skiing prowess. And near the top he phoned home to give his wife his location. “She worries about me,” he said.[Read More…]

by March 9, 2015 5 comments Features, Home Top Box 3, West
One glance at the February weather composite shows why we've had a weird mid-Winter: Cold East, Warm West. 
Credit: Weatherbell.com

Portrait Of A Weird February: East, Coldest; West, Warmest

Here’s a picture of our weather record-breaking mid-winter month. Black and White, Ying and Yang, Macy’s and Gimbel’s, Felix and Oscar: These opposites come to mind when we look at this picture of what happened to the weather in February, 2015.  The Washington Post reports there were coldest months on record throughout the East, while the West cooked.  There are[Read More…]

by March 4, 2015 0 comments East, Features, West

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