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This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Dec. 20)

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Dec. 20)

Happy Holidays, Injury Brings Insight, Gifts, Ski The Cone, Ski Forecasts. As a holiday gift from SeniorsSkiing.com to you, here’s a poem celebrating the Winter Solstice and this special celebratory time of year welcoming Yuletide. The Shortest Day was written by Susan Cooper for the Christmas Revels, a wonderful show with music, dance, and poetry reflecting different cultures and styles[Read More…]

by December 20, 2019 0 comments Features
Incidents & Accidents: 5

Incidents & Accidents: 5

Here’s A Less Serious Report, But Is There Some Truth In This Cartoon? We’re lightening up this week for our ongoing series of Incidents & Accidents. Instead of recounting a collision, here’s a cartoon from veteran journalist Mike Roth, depicting the Gen X-er on the snow.  What think? Truth?

by December 17, 2019 9 comments Incidents and Accidents
Skiing Weatherman: All Is Calm

Skiing Weatherman: All Is Calm

Except The West Coast. Last week I discussed the role of upper level troughs as they relate to our insatiable appetite for fresh snow, both natural and machine made. Most of the time, troughs are indeed our friends but that doesn’t necessarily mean that upper level ridges are the enemy. The influence of ridge is just like the old cliche[Read More…]

by December 16, 2019 2 comments Skiing Weatherman
Very Last Minute Gifts

Very Last Minute Gifts

60s Ski Songs, Powder Addicts, New England Ski Museum Shop. Stuck for a present for a senior snow sports partner, friend, spouse, colleague? Here are three sources that can fill in the blank. Download 60s Ski Songs. Ray Conrad wrote and performed skiing songs in the early 60s in a folk music style that was gaining popularity in cafes, clubs[Read More…]

by December 16, 2019 0 comments Features
NSNA Crew grooms all night for a wonderful trail in the morning. Credit: NSNA

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Dec. 13)

Nordic Volunteers, Poutine For Calories, Exoskeleton Helps Legs, More Incidents & Accidents, Southern Skiing, Mystery Team, Weather Report. This co-publisher of SeniorsSkiing.com loves to cross-country ski. Since we live directly across the street from a 900-acre tract of conservation land, owned and managed by the Trustees of Reservations, we head over the stone wall whenever there is decent coverage. In[Read More…]

by December 13, 2019 2 comments Features
Skiing Weatherman: How A Trough Works

Skiing Weatherman: How A Trough Works

And Regional Forecasts From West To East. Had my first day on snow last Thursday at Jiminy Peak in the Berkshires. It was a wonderful day on nearly perfect snow: chalky packed powder with some windblown pillows of powder along the edge of several trails. Today, I thought I would tell you about the jet stream feature to look for[Read More…]

by December 10, 2019 0 comments Skiing Weatherman
Correspondent Jan Brunvand captured an incident in action.

Incidents And Accidents: 4

Things Get Rocky On Bullwinkle [Editor note: SeniorsSkiing.com is collecting stories from readers about incidents and accidents that they have experienced. We intend to review these for patterns and themes and use that data to influence the safety policies of resorts and other stakeholders. The following is the fourth article submitted by a reader in our new feature “Incidents and[Read More…]

by December 10, 2019 11 comments Incidents and Accidents
This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Dec. 6)

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Dec. 6)

There Is A LOT Of Snow Out There. Have You Made Your First Run? It has started. It’s official. It’s on. Go. 2019-2020 is happening. Now. We are watching the post-Thanksgiving double-whammy snow storm fall here in New England and contemplating getting out on our xc skis this morning. We know our local ski shop has been jammed this whole[Read More…]

by December 6, 2019 3 comments Features
Incidents And Accidents:3

Incidents And Accidents:3

Confronting The Offender. [Editor note: SeniorsSkiing.com is collecting stories from readers about incidents and accidents that they have experienced. We intend to review these for patterns and themes and use that data to influence the safety policies of resorts and other stakeholders. The following is the second article submitted by a reader in our new feature “Incidents and Accidents”. If[Read More…]

by December 4, 2019 13 comments Incidents and Accidents
First Turn, Icy Snow Advice

First Turn, Icy Snow Advice

Instructor Pat McCloskey Recommends An Approach To Early Days. I had an interesting discussion with my lift mate this weekend at our local ski area.  I asked the fellow beside me how his day was going. He remarked, “Well, the hill is fighting me back a little today.”  I chuckled because the guy was a certified PSIA instructor but was[Read More…]

by December 4, 2019 2 comments Features
My First Run

My First Run

Do You Have A Plan For Your Debut? Marc Does. My favorite condition for my first run on my first day of skiing on any trip is freshly raked frozen granular.  Why?  Because I can feel the edges of the ski carve in the snow. Early enough in the season, even if one skis out west, you’ll see more hard[Read More…]

by December 4, 2019 2 comments Features
Skiing Weatherman: Regional Outlooks

Skiing Weatherman: Regional Outlooks

By the time this piece is posted, I will have enjoyed my first turns of this season, at Jiminy Peak in the Berkshires.  The skiing should be superb after more than two feet of new snow from the early week storm.  It was a slow mover and got stretched out from west to east due to a blocking pattern to[Read More…]

by December 3, 2019 0 comments Features
Monster Traffic Jams Overwhelm Canyon Roads At Four Salt Lake Resorts Last Winter

Monster Traffic Jams Overwhelm Canyon Roads At Four Salt Lake Resorts Last Winter

Big Changes Are Underway This Season. Will They Help Solve The Problem? Flashback To Last Winter Bumper to bumper traffic creeps up Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons toward Alta and Snowbird, Brighton, and Solitude. But resort parking lots are already full. It’s mid-morning on a typical weekend. Rabid skiers ignore the parkies. And they ignore One Way signs. They drive[Read More…]

by December 2, 2019 6 comments Features
Happy Thanksgiving From SeniorsSkiing.com!

Happy Thanksgiving From SeniorsSkiing.com!

SeniorsSkiing.com is taking the holiday week off to spend time with family and friends. We are definitely thankful for our diverse and engaged readers who continue to inspire us with their insights and resolute allegiance to snow sports of all kinds. We are also thankful for our talented correspondents who have offered ideas, creativity, coverage that resonates with our readers.[Read More…]

by November 26, 2019 12 comments Features
This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Nov. 22)

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Nov. 22)

DIN You Know?, Incidents And Accidents 2, XC Stereotypes, Skier Code Review, First T-Bar Pic. We dropped our skis and new boots off at the Sports Stop in Wenham, MA, the other day. We wanted to make sure our new boots and bindings worked in harmony. And to generally slick up the skis for the season. Imagine our surprise when[Read More…]

by November 22, 2019 13 comments Features

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