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John Christie as a young ski instructor.

10 Reasons To Go Skiing This Winter: John Christie’s Last Article

[Editor Note: We are honored to publish one of John Christie’s last articles about skiing, snow, and the outdoors.  John was one of snow sports most ardent supporters, from his days as a college racer to the development and management of major ski resorts in Maine and Vermont. He passed away in the spring, and to us, he was an original[Read More…]

by December 20, 2016 1 comment Ski Heroes
John Andrew points out ski areas he's skiied on a the wall-sized map in his Renton, Wash., home. 
Credit: John Nelson

Skiing North America: Every Resort, Everywhere

An 85-Year Old Believes Someone Has To Do It; It Might As Well Be Him. So many ski areas, so little time. Yet at age 85, John Andrew is still busily crossing them off his list. Over the past 20 years, Andrew has been on a mission to ski all 700 alpine resorts in North America. He’s currently at 528,[Read More…]

by October 31, 2016 8 comments Ski Heroes, Home Top Box 4
As he did with so many things, Warren finds his own way to wax. Credit: Warren Miller Personal Archive

Review: Warren Miller’s Latest Is A Winner!

“Here, There, & Every Where” Brings Out Pre-Season Inner Child. Warren Miller has been bringing out my pre-season Inner Child since I was a kid in Troy, NY. Every Fall he presented and narrated his latest film to a full house. For me he conveyed an impossibly aspirational message: Make a life choice that will allow you to ski, whenever and[Read More…]

by October 25, 2016 0 comments Ski Heroes
Ski Pioneer Film-Maker Warren Miller lacing up at the Matterhorn.  His beautiful and fun-filled films brought new people to skiing in the 60s and 70s. The WME company continues to produce over the top visual feasts.

Warren Miller’s Story: You May Be A Skier Because Of Him

New Autobiography Shows How Miller Created Skiing’s Visual Brand. For any senior who’s ever attended a Warren Miller film, Freedom Found, My Life Story will provide an intriguing look at skiing history as well as Miller’s success story. The autobiography is a must-read for anyone with a mindset to dig into the ups-and-downs of skiing—and real life. Freedom Found is[Read More…]

by September 28, 2016 3 comments Ski Heroes, Home Top Box 1
Alaska Spine Skiing: A Virtual, Visceral, Vicarious Experience

Alaska Spine Skiing: A Virtual, Visceral, Vicarious Experience

While We All Await The Snow To Fly, This Might Give You A Rush. Pro skier and extreme athlete Richard Permin rips down a spine ridge in Alaska somewhere.  While we aren’t advocating this kind of skiing, we do appreciate the skill and courage it takes to even try it.  Note Richard’s heavy breathing as he negotiates some knarly steepness[Read More…]

by August 31, 2016 0 comments Ski Heroes
The Alf Engen Ski Museum in Park City opened the Stein Eriksen exhibit this month.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Stein Eriksen: Secret Tales Of His Life

The Ski Industry Remembers His Humor And Tenderness. Iconic Stein Eriksen was famous for his stylish and graceful ski turns. Generation of skiers tried to mimic him. “Stein made the turns we all wish we could make,” said Tom Kelly, vice president of communications for the United States Ski and Snowboard Association. “Everyone who met him came away with a[Read More…]

by July 27, 2016 1 comment Ski Heroes
Cross-Country Legend Sven Wiik, 95

Cross-Country Legend Sven Wiik, 95

Olympic Ski Coach, X-C Pioneer, Hotel Owner Was A Major Contributor To Growth Of The Sport. Sven Wiik, a Swedish native who helped promote cross-country skiing in North America through coaching and promoting the sport, has died at 95 in Steamboat Springs, CO.  Wiik is known as a pioneer in the sport, creating the design for the American Birkebeiner trail[Read More…]

by July 7, 2016 0 comments Ski Heroes
SeniorsSkiing.com salutes George Jedenoff on his 98th birthday.
Credit: Ski Utah

Inspiring “Powder Philosophy”: George Jedenoff, 98

George Says Make The Most Of What You’ve Got. “It’s a pleasure by itself to be in the great, fresh cold air that seems to uncloud your brain…It’s a chance to reflect on your own life…[Skiing] is an opportunity to reflect on the wonderful things you can do…The plusses far outweigh the minuses…Take time to appreciate the positives.” Thanks to Ski Utah[Read More…]

by March 2, 2016 2 comments Ski Heroes
Bebe Wood: Approaching 90 And Going Strong

Bebe Wood: Approaching 90 And Going Strong

Skiing Since The 30s, She Has Seen Lots Of Changes. In 1949, 23 year old Bebe Wood left her job at Dartmouth College and traveled to Idaho seeking adventure as a ski bum in Sun Valley. By then, she had already been skiing for about 10 years!  Thus began her long association with the ski industry. Today, approaching her 90th birthday,[Read More…]

by February 9, 2016 15 comments Ski Heroes, Home Top Box 4
Stein Eriksen, one of the first ski celebrities, was a pioneer in acrobatics.
Credit: Park City

Remembering Stein

SeniorsSkiing.com Co-Publisher Jon Weisberg Remembers His Encounter With The Ski Legend. Several years ago, Jon Weisberg shared a chair lift ride with Stein and later on a dinner table.  Here are his recollections as published in Huff 50.  

by January 5, 2016 1 comment Ski Heroes
Stein Eriksen, 1927-2015

Stein Eriksen, 1927-2015

A Legend Moves To The Other Side Of The Mountain.   Read his obituary from the Salt Lake Tribune here.

by December 28, 2015 3 comments Ski Heroes
Ski Archives glittering gala was held on Nov. 5 at the Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Ski History Gala Awards Top Honors

And SeniorsSkiing.com Makes A Contribution. The country’s largest ski history and research organization, Ski Archives, held its annual gala and fundraiser that helps support its mission. And SeniorSkiing.com contributed four gifts to the silent fund raising auction. Each SeniorSkiing gift included ski socks by Darn Tough of Vermont, a GripPro hand strength trainer, and a Boot Horn that slides your[Read More…]

by November 17, 2015 0 comments Features, Ski Heroes
Happy 90th Junior Bounous!

Happy 90th Junior Bounous!

Still Doing Pow And Inspiring The Rest of Us As Junior Bounous celebrates his ninth decade, we salute his love of the sport and his motivation.  His message to the rest of us is simple: “Keep moving!”  Check.  Thanks, Junior and have a great birthday. Here’s a short documentary produced by Snowbird that chronicles Junior’s trip down the Pipeline at[Read More…]

by August 25, 2015 3 comments Ski Heroes, West
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
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
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

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