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John Henry Auran, journalist, raconteur, skier, sailor, innovator, enthusiast.

John Henry Auran: Ski Journalist Extraordinaire, Dies At 90

The Creative, Intense, Funny, Unique Journalist Will Be Remembered As One-Of-A-Kind. Ski journalist John Henry Auran was the kind of person you could never forget. I worked for John Henry, or JHA, as he was known to some, in the early 70s at SKIING Magazine, then located at One Park Avenue in New York City. Despite different life paths since[Read More…]

by April 30, 2018 9 comments Ski Heroes
Mystery Glimpse: He Was The First

Mystery Glimpse: He Was The First

This Well-Dressed Athlete Was The First Of Many. Thanks to the Colorado Ski And Snowboard Museum for sending this picture along. We’re reaching deep here, dear readers, and if you can get this one, we will be really impressed.  Who is he and what did he do that gave him a place in ski history? Last Week This is a[Read More…]

by April 12, 2018 4 comments Ski History
Mystery Glimpse: Choo-Choo!

Mystery Glimpse: Choo-Choo!

Where Are We And What’s Happening? Thanks to the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum for providing this picture from ski history.  The CS&SM is in the process of undergoing a $2.4 million renovation. The first of several exhibits, “Climb To Glory”, featuring the story of the 10th Mountain Division is now open. Other exhibits will be open at the end[Read More…]

by April 5, 2018 4 comments Ski History
Bob Beattie was a colorful leader and coach.

Bob Beattie, Legendary US Ski Team Coach, Dies At 85

Beattie, Who Coached The US Team For Nine Seasons, Was A Ski Competition Innovator. Bob Beattie, the coach who put the US Ski Team on the world stage in the 60s, has died on Easter Sunday in Aspen, according to his son, Zeno. For details, click here for the news story from The Aspen Times. 

by April 2, 2018 0 comments Ski Heroes
St. B points the way to a mountain hut. Credit: Bri-Tri

Senior Skiers: St. Bernard Is Watching O’er

St. Bernard, The Doggie’s Namesake, Is An Actual Saint. [Editor Note: This tidbit was submitted by LuAnn Snyder, a freelance writer from Maryland.] Here’s a bit of trivia about the Patron Saint and Protector of Skiers: St. Bernard of Montjoux. Little is known for certain about St. Bernard of Montjoux who was probably born in Italy, c. 996 and died at[Read More…]

by April 2, 2018 1 comment Ski History
Mystery Glimpse: Who, Where, And What?

Mystery Glimpse: Who, Where, And What?

Here’s A Classic-Looking Skier In A Classic Pose. Looks like an instructor demonstrating to a kids’ class. Check the straps around his boots, and you will get a hint about the era depicted here. Don’t you love that turtleneck? No, parka, hmmm. Looks a little like California-stylin’.  That’s enough of a hint for this one. Who is he, where did[Read More…]

by March 29, 2018 7 comments Ski Heroes
Bob's pal, Nick Looser, baked two special cakes for the party at Alta.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

It’s Birthday Party Time at Alta.

Hip, Hip, Hooray! Skier Bob Turns 94! You might say that 94-year-old Bob Murdoch is a “senior’s senior” skier. He represents many skiers across the country who are skiing into their 90s and enjoying their mountain friendships as much as the slopes. Ski friends matter. Skiers gave Bob a birthday card that said: Count your age in how many friends[Read More…]

by March 26, 2018 1 comment Ski Heroes, West
60s Ski Songs Now AVAILABLE!

60s Ski Songs Now AVAILABLE!

You Can Now Download Ray Conrad’s Classic Collection Of Ski Songs. After many delays, procrastinations, and technical ups and downs, SeniorsSkiing.com is happy to announce that Ray Conrad’s The Cotton-Pickin’ Lift Tower And Other Ski Songs, is now available for download from CDBaby. CLICK HERE. Ray has kindly agreed to exclusively offer his songs recorded back in the 60s to[Read More…]

by March 21, 2018 0 comments Ski History
Mystery Glimpse: What’s The Story?

Mystery Glimpse: What’s The Story?

Dire Straits Require Heroic Acts. This week, a historic event for Mystery Glimpse.  Can you identify the characters involved in the above picture? What’s going on? Where are they headed? Why? And yes, they are skiing. Thanks to the New England Ski Museum, Franconia, NH, for hosting this jewel. Congratulations to NESM for opening its new branch in North Conway![Read More…]

by March 15, 2018 4 comments Ski History
Barbara Stewart Anderson: A Woman Ahead Of Her Time

Barbara Stewart Anderson: A Woman Ahead Of Her Time

At Age 82, She’s Athletic And Adventuresome. And She’s The Legacy Of Her Ski Pioneer Father Founder Of Utah’s Sundance Resort. Barbara Stewart Anderson is like the pink Duracell bunny. She keeps going and going. She lives by her philosophy: “If I can do it today, then why not? I may not be able to do it tomorrow.” Her accomplishments[Read More…]

by March 5, 2018 4 comments Ski Heroes
Who, where, 1950.

Mystery Glimpse: Who And Where?

Hint: 1950 Can you spot who this is dashing through the poles? Might be easy. But where and what event and what’s the significance? That’s the challenge. Note your replies in Comments, just scroll down. Thanks to the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum for contributing this photo. Last Week Yes, a rope tow gripper. We’ve never used one, we just[Read More…]

by February 28, 2018 7 comments Features, Ski Heroes
That Old Ski Poster on the Wall

That Old Ski Poster on the Wall

Vintage ski posters are a fixture in many ski chalets and lodges. Since the late 1990s, their values at auction have increased. To learn more about their history and their values, we interviewed Nicholas D. Lowry, President and Principal Auctioneer of Swann Auction Galleries, and Director of its Vintage Posters Department . Swann is the world’s largest auctioneer of Works[Read More…]

by February 20, 2018 0 comments Nostalgia, Ski History
Billy Kidd, first American to medal in Alpine skiing, has lived in SBS since 1970. Here he is at 20.
Credit: TOP

Tread Of Pioneers: A Blast From the Past

Quaint Museum Reveals Steamboat Spring’s Rich History. In 1947 an AP dispatch to 1,000 daily papers dubbed Steamboat Springs, Colo., “Ski Town, USA” with the declaration that of its 1,700 residents, 1,685 were skiers. The others were children under the age of one. Enthusiasm for skiing run deeps in this town. And you can learn all about it at The[Read More…]

by January 30, 2018 2 comments Ski History
A Tribute To Warren Miller (1924-2018)

A Tribute To Warren Miller (1924-2018)

At Sometime In The Past, You Watched A Warren Miller Film That Made A Difference In Your Life. Remembering Warren Miller: In His Own Words

by January 30, 2018 9 comments Ski Heroes
Alf circa 1933
Credit: Alan Engen

How Wheaties Affected The 1936 Olympics

The Breakfast of Champions Kept Champion Ski Jumper Alf Engen From Competing. Legendary extreme athlete Alf Engen, known as the greatest all-around skier ever, was a champion soccer player, skier and ski jumper. During the 1930s, he set ski jumping world records. He helped design and establish more than 30 ski areas in the western United States. And he’s fondly[Read More…]

by January 11, 2018 1 comment Ski Heroes

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