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Make More Tracks: XC Ski Injuries And How To Avoid Them

Make More Tracks: XC Ski Injuries And How To Avoid Them

Either Falls Or Pre-Existing Conditions Can Cause Problems. [Please consider supporting SeniorsSkiing.com with a donation. We appreciate your help. Click here.] Cross country (XC) skiing is a sport with a very low incidence of injuries for a number of reasons. It’s a low impact sport with low sliding speed, plus the free heel allows twisting if you fall. The ski[Read More…]

by February 8, 2021 1 comment Make More Tracks
When was the last time you took a lesson? Perhaps a mid-season lesson might boost your skill. Credit: Breckenridge

Take A Lesson And Improve 25 Percent?

That’s the simple question, would you like to improve your skiing and enjoy it more? [Please consider supporting SeniorsSkiing.com with a donation. We appreciate your help. Click here.] Would you love skiing as much if you were a wedge skier?  Probably not.  What about a pretty good parallel skier, but anxious on the more challenging black diamond runs?  Maybe you’d[Read More…]

by February 8, 2021 4 comments Features
This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Feb. 5)

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Feb. 5)

Supporting SeniorsSkiing.com, Time For Gratitude, StratWarm, XC Ski Length, Reflections On Comments, Best Restaurant Ever, Odyssey Between US And Canada, And More Ski Art. About eight years ago, Jon Weisberg, a college friend and fraternity brother, mentioned on a holiday phone call that he had been thinking about starting a website for senior skiers. He even chatted up fellow senior[Read More…]

by February 5, 2021 3 comments Features
Skiing Weatherman: Thank You, Stratwarm

Skiing Weatherman: Thank You, Stratwarm

Hint: Cold Air Coming Your Way. [Please consider supporting SeniorsSkiing.com with a donation. We appreciate your help. Click here.] I assume that this week’s headline has many of you scratching your head wondering “What in the world is a stratwarm?” I will try and explain but the bottom line is that this phenomenon is in large part responsible for the[Read More…]

by February 4, 2021 0 comments Skiing Weatherman
Make More Tracks: How To Pick Ski Length

Make More Tracks: How To Pick Ski Length

If You Thought It Was Based On Height, Think Again. [Please consider supporting SeniorsSkiing.com with a donation. We appreciate your help. Click here.] Thanks to Jared Manninen from TahoeTrailGuide.com for this advice. We’re curious.  Are readers able to buy cross-country equipment at mid-season?  We’ve heard inventories have been depleted. Let us know.  

by February 4, 2021 2 comments Make More Tracks
Avalement was the French answer.

How Did You Learn To Ski: Reflections On Comments

[Please consider supporting SeniorsSkiing.com with a donation. We appreciate your help. Click here.] Perhaps The Underlying Question Is: “What Do You Want Your Skiing To Be?”.   There is no right or wrong answer. If you want your skiing to be about maximizing bar time, that’s fine. I’m happy with that.  If you want it be “covering as many miles,[Read More…]

by February 2, 2021 11 comments Features
My Ski Lodge. Credit: Pat McCloskey

Gratitude

Half-Way Through The Season, Pat McCloskey Takes Stock. [Please consider supporting SeniorsSkiing.com with a donation. We appreciate your help. Click here.] We are halfway through winter, and the groundhog has come out to let us know what he thinks about the rest of the winter. I wonder if he will be masked? In any event, this has been a different[Read More…]

by February 2, 2021 1 comment Features, East
And More Ski Art

And More Ski Art

Don Burch Has Yet Another View Of The Ski World. [Please consider supporting SeniorsSkiing.com with a donation. We appreciate your help. Click here.] Don has created a series of artistic videos depicting impressions of the sport. He uses different AI techniques to create the images, some of which are startlingly beautiful. Please let him know what you think of his[Read More…]

by February 2, 2021 4 comments Features
Question For You: Best Restaurant Ever In A Ski Town

Question For You: Best Restaurant Ever In A Ski Town

During This Pandemic, We Are Yearning For Those Fantastic Meals. Let’s Have Them Vicariously. [Please consider supporting SeniorsSkiing.com with a donation. We appreciate your help. Click here.] Part of the fun of going on a ski vacation, a ski weekend, or even a day trip is eating out. Whether it’s a hamburger from a grill on a sun deck, magnificently[Read More…]

by February 2, 2021 26 comments Features
Support SeniorsSkiing.com

Support SeniorsSkiing.com

Once In A Year, It Is Not Thought Amiss. SeniorsSkiing is halfway through its seventh publishing year. Over that time, we’ve advocated for seniors, conducted research on on-hill accidents, published best skis and best boots listings, recognized those seniors who really ski a lot, and provide a directory of where seniors can ski for free or almost free. We publish[Read More…]

by February 1, 2021 2 comments Features
Coming soon: Prognosticator of Spring.

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Jan.29)

Mid-Winter, Ski Art, SmartPhone Photography, XC Booming, Question About Racing, Reminiscence, Skiing Weatherman, AI Ski Coach, Rx Goggles, And More. Jon WeisbergComing soon: Prognosticator of Spring.We are approaching the middle of the winter season, and Ground Hog Day, coming up next week on Feb. 2, marks the half way point till spring.  Hope you have half your firewood and half[Read More…]

by January 29, 2021 0 comments Features
Skiing Weatherman: Mid-Season Update

Skiing Weatherman: Mid-Season Update

Terrain Opens Coast to Coast In my mind, the end of January is roughly the mid-point of the season and as we hit that mark, the slopes of North America are in good shape from coast to coast.  There are a few spots here and there where trail counts and base depths are lacking a bit, but overall, the very[Read More…]

by January 28, 2021 2 comments Skiing Weatherman
Crested Butte Nordic Center attracting alpine skiers who can't get downhill reservations.

Make More Tracks: Cross Country Skiing is Booming Despite COVID

XC Is Hot And Getting Hotter. The Cross Country Ski Areas Association (CCSAA) has been conducting online sessions with its cross country (XC) ski area members since last spring, focused on sharing information about how XC operations should respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Discussions resulted in widespread adoption of plans aimed at minimizing risk of virus transmission for staff and[Read More…]

by January 26, 2021 0 comments Make More Tracks
It's steeper than it looks. Credit: Tamsin Venn

Tips To Better Smartphone Photos

Don’t Lug Your DSLR. Smartphones Can Do It. Do you want to take better photos with your Smartphone? Transform your friends into Alpine or Nordic heroes? Mark D. Phillips, a former AP photographer, is used to lugging around SLRs and long telephoto lenses for photographing ski racing. Increasingly, for sheer convenience, he uses an Smartphone to get good high quality[Read More…]

by January 26, 2021 0 comments Features
Ski Art II

Ski Art II

Don Burch Does It Again Here’s a new Ski Art video from Don. Some of these images are dramatic, colorful, peaceful, engaging, aesthetically pleasing, and just plain fun to see.

by January 26, 2021 3 comments Features
Billy Kidd making his move.

Question For You: What Lessons From Racing?

Have You Raced? When? What Did You Learn? We are curious how many of our readers have actually been involved in ski racing in the long arc of their skiing careers. Did you race in college? High school? World Cup circuit? Olympics?  Or just the odd NASTAR race at the local hill?  Regardless what level you raced or your degree[Read More…]

by January 25, 2021 18 comments Features
Snow In Literature: Fwooosh

Snow In Literature: Fwooosh

Fwoosh! By Matthew Haddad (Age 12) [Editor Note: This poem was written when Matthew was 11 for his grandfather SeniorsSkiing.com reader Doug Haddad. Proud grand dad submitted it on his behalf.] Past snowy hills On a 100 degree down Intricate snowflakes Frozen hearted yet making a winter wonderland  Where skiing takes place Over thousands of moguls Making the snow a[Read More…]

by January 25, 2021 2 comments Features
This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Jan. 22)

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Jan. 22)

Does Technique Matter? Corduroy XC Tracks,  Beginning XC, Making Turns, Think Arc, Robert Frost, How Did You Learn? This week we reflect on how you ski and how you learned. We learned by following a fellow college student down the baby trails at Song Mt in Tully, NY, many decades ago. “Just do this”, he said showing me how to[Read More…]

by January 22, 2021 1 comment Features
Freshly groomed XC trails last longer. Credit: North Shore Nordic Association

Make More Tracks: Corrugation For Groomed Trails

The Technical Reason Why Ski Trails Are Corrugated. [Editor Note: This article was written in collaboration with Auguste Lockwood, Yellowstone Track Systems.] Interest in winter recreation promises to grow phenomenally in winter 2020-’21, despite—or because of —COVID-19, and a lot of us are looking forward to more friends and families on more and better groomed trails. One of the subtle,[Read More…]

by January 21, 2021 1 comment Make More Tracks
Skiing Weatherman: Something For Everone

Skiing Weatherman: Something For Everone

Snow For All. Often when I write this piece, I have good news for one region of the country and not-so good news for other areas of ski country. Such is the nature of winter weather across a country that stretches 3,000 miles from coast to coast and with so many and varied climate zones. However, just as there are[Read More…]

by January 21, 2021 1 comment Skiing Weatherman
Make More Tracks: Beginning Cross-Country

Make More Tracks: Beginning Cross-Country

Looking For Alternatives? Here’s A Starter Kit For XC. SeniorsSkiing.com has published several articles on getting started in cross-country skiing.  Here’s another view from Breckenridge Nordic Center. We watched all nine minutes and picked up lots of new tips, despite our many years of xc skiing.  Get going!

by January 19, 2021 2 comments Make More Tracks
Arc thinking makes a difference. Perhaps.

Instructional Advice: Don’t Do Turns

Words Matter. Why “Arcs” Works Better Than “Turns”.  Recently I wrote a small piece on how to handle tough skiing situations and used the word “arcs” where most folk would use the word “turn”. My insistence on using the word “arc’”raised an eyebrow or two on the grounds that it was perhaps mere semantics or even nit-picking. Believe me, it[Read More…]

by January 19, 2021 23 comments Features
Instructional Advice: Slow Start, Good Turns

Instructional Advice: Slow Start, Good Turns

Easy Does It And Find The Rhythm. If you look at Henrik Kristoffersen here in the blue Norwegian National Team uniform doing slow turns, you will see the value of mechanics at a basic level.    The important thing that I realized in watching Kristoffersen executing basic turn maneuvers at a very slow pace is that we all can work[Read More…]

by January 19, 2021 12 comments Features
Credit: M. Maginn

Snow In Literature: Brown’s Descent

Or the Willy-Nilly Slide By Robert Frost (1916) Brown lived at such a lofty farm That everyone for miles could see His lantern when he did his chores In winter after half-past three. And many must have seen him make His wild descent from there one night, ’Cross lots, ’cross walls, ’cross everything, Describing rings of lantern light. Between the[Read More…]

by January 19, 2021 3 comments Features
This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Jan. 15)

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Jan. 15)

Don’t Let The Old Man In, Vortex Coming, More Poetry, Luxury XC Resort, Ski World Art, Season Pass Value, Ski Boot For Seniors, Norway . My self-image has always been as an active, healthy, strong, relatively athletic person who also happened to be 76 years old.  Friends were frequently impressed when they learned my age. “Really? You certainly don’t look[Read More…]

by January 15, 2021 5 comments Features