Nostalgia

Snowbird founder Dick Bass had a fabulous collection of oriental rugs.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Remembering Dick Bass: “The Big Mouth Bass”

SeniorsSkiing.com Correspondent Harriet Wallis Recalls Dick’s Uniqueness Dick Bass was always enthusiastic about everything. He was witty and lively, and he always seemed to be in a jovial mood. He often spent time at his loved Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, and you could always tell when he was there because he’d be in the center of a group and[Read More…]

by July 29, 2015 0 comments Ski Heroes
Dick Bass, Skiing Visionary, Dies At 85

Dick Bass, Skiing Visionary, Dies At 85

Breaking News From The Salt Lake Tribune.  Click to read more.

by July 29, 2015 0 comments Features, Ski Heroes
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
Snow is hanging on this year, melting slowly but inevitably, starting with the trees.
Credit: Mike Maginn

The Last Loop: Snow Leaves The Field, Enter Spring

A final ski tour at Appleton Farms reveals winter letting go. It is that special interim period here in New England between the end of winter and the start of spring.  Last week, we headed out across the corn snow at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA., in the bright, and, yes, warm sunlight.  We recalled the first time we skied[Read More…]

by April 6, 2015 2 comments East, Remember When?
Roller-skiing is not a new idea.  At least you don't need long underwear.
Credit: British Nordic Ski Team

Off-Season Strategy: Ski Without Snow

For Die-Hards, Here’s How To Keep Going. Signs that the season is ending are starting to sprout along with the crocuses.  In the East, many areas will be closing this weekend; there’s still lots of snow on the ground, but many lift lines are nearly empty even on the weekend.  Many skiers have had enough.  Out West, conditions have been[Read More…]

by April 1, 2015 0 comments Remember When?
Appleton Farms, Ipswich, MA.
Credit: SeniorsSkiing

Contemplative Ski Tour Around Appleton Farms

The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it[Read More…]

by January 25, 2015 0 comments Nostalgia
Ski Industry Remembers: Scenes From 60 Years Ago

Ski Industry Remembers: Scenes From 60 Years Ago

A Blizzard Of Memories From Ski Industry Association Video. SnowSports Industries America (SIA) is the ski trade association of suppliers to consumers.  Think equipment manufacturers, clothing designers and providers, retailers, reps and media, everyone who gets the skier, boarder, X-Cer, backcountry adventurers and snowshoer out on the snow. SIA puts on global trade shows, publishes extraordinary research on market trends, advocates for the[Read More…]

by January 23, 2015 1 comment Remember When?
Straight Down: Cody Townsend and Gravity

Straight Down: Cody Townsend and Gravity

Now This Should Tighten You Up. Cody Townsend, professional free skier and athlete, takes on the most improbable ski run we’ve ever seen.  The scene is a near vertical chute in Alaska’s Tordrillo Mountains, more like a elevator shaft than a ski run.  This scene is a clip from Red Bull’s documentary, “Days of My Youth.”  We are certain that[Read More…]

by December 17, 2014 0 comments Features, Ski Heroes
The Original Lift at Mt. Snow.
Credit: Mt. Snow

Breaking News: Mount Snow to Celebrate 60th Anniversary on Founders Day, December 12

Walt Schoenknecht’s Vision Was Far and Creative When Mount Snow’s visionary founder, Walter Schoenknecht, stood atop Mount Pisgah in over a foot of freshly fallen snow back in autumn of 1949, he knew he had found the perfect place to build his dream ski resort.  Only a few years later, Walt had purchased the land around the base of the[Read More…]

by December 8, 2014 2 comments Nostalgia, Ski History
When Skiing Was New: Early Scenes From 30s To 50s

When Skiing Was New: Early Scenes From 30s To 50s

Skiing was once considered a fad like Mah-Jong.  That was a long time ago. Here’s a seven-minute series of clips from John Jay’s “Ski Down The Years”, a visual history of skiing from the early days of rope tows in the mid-30s in New England to the FIS championships at Aspen in 1950.  From our current perspective, those initial attempts appear[Read More…]

by August 18, 2014 1 comment Home Top Box 2, Ski History
Suicide Six Poma Lift
Credit: New England Ski Museum

When Going Up Was Half The Fun

Early New England Tows We Still Miss. I’ve been skiing for 65 years, grown and raised in Concord MA.  I made my first turns on Punkatasset Hill, a no-lift neighborhood ski hill. That’s where I side-stepped to the top to pack the snow before picking my way down through the labyrinth of slalom poles my dad had set for me and[Read More…]

by July 15, 2014 3 comments Features, Ski History
It's quite the hat.

This Old Moriarty Hat

Who owns a hat for 50 years?  Well, if it’s a Moriarty hat, perhaps you understand why. Getting ready to shovel the driveway one cold morning last winter, I reached to the top shelf of the hall closet for a hat.  My fingers felt the double-thick headband of my old Moriarty hat tucked up out of sight.  I pulled it[Read More…]

by July 14, 2014 7 comments Accessories, Remember When?
Snowbird’s Pipeline Conquered By Junior Bounous at 80  (Taken March 8, 2014)

Snowbird’s Pipeline Conquered By Junior Bounous at 80 (Taken March 8, 2014)

Snowbird’s Pipeline (the top to bottom ravine in center of picture) : One of North America’s toughest ski routes, descends from Twin peaks above Snowbird. First skied by Junior Bounous in the early 70s. He skied it again during his 80th year. Junior is an inspiration to senior skiers everywhere. &nbsp

by March 14, 2014 1 comment Destinations, Features, Ski Heroes, West
Skiing Super Heroes!!

Skiing Super Heroes!!

Spidey and Cap’n America, Skiing’s Super Heroes, about to save the day at the top of Snowbird tram. Senior Skiers, do you ski in costume? If you could choose one, what would it be?

by March 14, 2014 0 comments Ski Heroes, West
Remember this?

Remember this?

He isn’t falling.  He’s demonstrating a ski technique from the 70s practiced by jet-setting ski racers.  What is it called?

by March 3, 2014 3 comments Nostalgia, Remember When?

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