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Joka Glove is $28, mittens also available as are other models.

Snowmaker’s Gloves For Wet Weather: The Joka Waterproof

Wear What Works In The Wet. I usually take most of my vacation time in the winter because I like to ski out West and in the Adirondacks.  And more often than not, the trips are something to look forward to when you live in the Mid-Atlantic and have to deal with the rain and sleet events that plague our[Read More…]

by January 17, 2019 2 comments Accessories
Stan Kosmider, field representative for The North Face, presented on “How to Dress for Cold Temperatures” at the Northeast Weather Summit at Stratton Mountain Resort in December. Credit: Martin Griff

Weird Weather: Rethinking Ski Clothes For A Fickle Climate

Let’s Review The Basics Of Layering To Deal With Changing Weather. Here in New England, temperatures swing high and low a lot lately, with 50-degree-plus spikes and heavy rains interposing snow squalls and blizzards. This winter seems hell-bent on convincing the last climate change denier that something weird is going on. Accurately assessing atmospheric conditions for a day on the[Read More…]

by January 1, 2019 6 comments Gear
Watch this space. SeniorsSkiing.com caps are coming in 2019.

Coming Soon: SeniorsSkiing.com Caps

by December 20, 2018 3 comments Gear
How Cozy Are Your Feet?

How Cozy Are Your Feet?

Cozy Feet. Happy Skier. That’s the headline for the APEX  Ski Boot System advertisement at the right of this article. It’s worth taking notice…especially with the unusual, limited time 20% discount to SeniorsSkiing.com readers. In  a reader survey from a few years ago, we asked which new equipment you intended to purchase in the coming season. 25% of you responded[Read More…]

by December 17, 2018 5 comments Boots, Other News
Holiday Gifts For Senior Skiers

Holiday Gifts For Senior Skiers

If you’re still looking for something different and/or special for older snow enthusiasts, the following suggestions are discounted for SeniorsSkiing.com followers and can be ordered online. APEX Boot System is offering 20% off retail for SeniorsSkiing.com readers. This is the boot many olderskiers are talking about. It’s a good performer, comfortable, and let’s you walk with ease. No issues getting[Read More…]

by December 11, 2018 1 comment Accessories, Other News
Now Available: List of Best 2019 Skis For Seniors

Now Available: List of Best 2019 Skis For Seniors

We just published the list of 2019 skis identified as the best for older skiers. The 61 selected skis generally have a softer flex, which helps them engage snow with minimal exertion, allowing older skiers to turn more easily and to ski longer without tiring. Twenty-one women’s models are included. The skis were selected during the annual national ski evaluation[Read More…]

by November 14, 2018 0 comments Gear, Skis
Two Reasonably Priced Gifts That Solve Getting Ski Boots Off and On

Two Reasonably Priced Gifts That Solve Getting Ski Boots Off and On

Other than warmth and comfort, the two big boot issues as we age are getting them on in the morning and off at the end of the day. If your home is slopeside, it may not be so much of a problem, but for those of us who boot up or off in lodge or lot, it can be a struggle.[Read More…]

by October 15, 2018 10 comments Gear, Other News
Pat's ski collection from narrow to wide underfoot dimensions. Credit: Pat McCloskey

In Your Quiver

Do You Know What Underfoot Measurement Is Best For Your Kind Of Skiing? One of the hardest questions a seasoned skier has to answer is when someone new to skiing or maybe even a friend says, “So what kind of ski should I be on this year?”  Really a tough question to answer without delving into particulars like, athleticism, age,[Read More…]

by October 15, 2018 9 comments Skis
Rottefella Move Switch allows for adjustable weight distribution. Credit: Rottefells

Breaking News: Rottefella Introduces the Move Switch for Enhanced XC Ski Performance

New, Adjustable  XC Binding Concept Hits The Trails. The Rottefella company has created the binding solution for waxless and skin cross country skis. The Move Switch is a dial on the front of the binding that will allow skiers to slide the binding forward or backwards without releasing the ski from the boots. That’s right, while you are on the[Read More…]

by September 15, 2018 0 comments Gear
Here's a Fat Tire bike; carbon frame has room for wider tires. Credit: Pat McCloskey

Fat Bikes Are A Boon For Senior Cyclists

New Technology In Mountain Bikes Can Keep Seniors On The Trails. Remember when you first bought your first pair of “shaped” skis?  I do.  I jumped on them to take advantage of an easier turn and less work.  Fast forward, I have a nice quiver of skis now with some 107s under foot for powder, loose snow, and crud.  Just[Read More…]

by July 16, 2018 0 comments Gear
Are your skis still in the bag by the furnace where you left them after your last ski day? Hmmmm.
Credit: Mike Maginn

Putting Away Your Skis And Stuff

It Pays To Spend A Little Extra Effort On Your Gear. Here’s How. [Editor Note: Don Burch’s article on storing your gear was published last year around this time.  We are reprising it to help remind you that a little care for your stuff goes a long way.] Hopefully your ski equipment has taken good care of you all winter,[Read More…]

by April 18, 2018 17 comments Gear
How To Wash Your Down Jacket At Home

How To Wash Your Down Jacket At Home

Season’s Over; Isn’t It About Time You Get That Puffy Back To Clean? Not only are your season-dirty down jackets, vests, and even sleeping bag dirty and smelly, if you left them that way, they would lose their heat-insulating properties. It is easy to destroy your down gear if you don’t follow some basic rules when washing them at home.[Read More…]

by April 17, 2018 1 comment Gear
APEX Ski Boot combines a removable Open Chassis with a walkable boot.

APEX Ski Boot System: Rethinking Ski Boot Design

History Suggests That Designing A New Boot Is A Multi-Million Dollar Gamble. Just the molds for a plastic shell boot cost a million dollars, and that doesn’t include engineering costs and other expenses. Then there is the need to make it profitable when annual manufacturing runs are in the thousands, not hundreds of thousands or millions. These and other factors[Read More…]

by April 3, 2018 5 comments Boots
A Brief History of Why There Aren’t More Innovative Ski Boots

A Brief History of Why There Aren’t More Innovative Ski Boots

As a SeniorsSkiing.com reader, you may remember how much plastic inserts increased the lateral stiffness of your boots. Back in those days, if you were really cool, your boots were further stiffened when wrapped with a six-foot long thong. Then the plastic boot shell arrived, along with innovative designs from Rosemount, Scott and Hanson.           The[Read More…]

by March 27, 2018 13 comments Boots, Gear
Modern: Light, durable, inexpensive

Lovin’ Snowshoes

‘Shoes Have Come A Long Way.  Have You Looked Lately? Back in 1971, when I transferred winter affections from downhill to Nordic skiing (due to a spectacular fall in Austria that racked up one knee and stripped off my ski suit—but that’s another story), I also tried snowshoeing. After all, cross-country skis and snowshoes were both made of wood and[Read More…]

by February 1, 2018 0 comments Gear