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Okemo Debuts New Express Lifts

Okemo Debuts New Express Lifts

Now in its 66th winter season, Okemo is one of the most technologically advanced ski areas in the East. This year’s installation of two express lifts maintains that tradition with the debut of an express replacement for the Green Ridge Triple and the new Quantum Six Express lift at Jackson Gore, providing greater and quicker access to upper Jackson Gore, home of[Read More…]

by January 6, 2022 6 comments Other News, Destinations, East
Flat light sucks.     Credit: Jan Brunvand

BLINDED BY THE (FLAT) LIGHT: SENIOR SKIERS CAN SEE CLEARLY IN SNOW

A version of this article first appeared in 2015 in Huffington Post. I was hardly able to move; disoriented on terrain I’d skied for years. Other skiers seemed to be managing fine. But the light was flat, and my eyes could no longer pick up contours in the white on white. “Flat light,” a version of whiteout, greatly reduces the[Read More…]

by January 6, 2022 9 comments Home Top Box 3, Other News, MedTech
December Skiing Video

December Skiing Video

Don Burch sent in a video treat: “December Skiing.” It’s one of his signature short productions that makes you want to be back on the mountain. Click on the image to screen. I’ll also include it in the next issue, which will be distributed Friday, January 7. Many thanks to readers who sent notes of appreciation for SeniorsSkiing.com. Best wishes[Read More…]

by January 6, 2022 8 comments Other News
Source: Trapp Family Lodge

Four Bucket List New England Cross Country Ski Towns

XCSkiResorts.com recommends these classic New England towns and areas for a cross country  ski vacation: Stowe, VT, is quintessential New England with its white steepled church and main street lined with stores. It’s also the home of the Trapp Family Lodge of Sound of Music fame. Trapp Family Lodge has a 110 km trail network with 60 km of groomed[Read More…]

Skiing History Magazine

Skiing History Magazine

Covid-related delays at the printer and post office caused the November-December issue of Skiing History to mail a month late. The online version posted right after Thanksgiving, and you can read it here. Here’s what you’ll find: Aspen’s Anniversary: 75 years ago, Aspen built its first chairlifts and opened for business. Most of us are familiar with the story of[Read More…]

by January 6, 2022 0 comments Other News, Ski History
Test Your Skiing Knowledge

Test Your Skiing Knowledge

Each issue of SeniorsSkiing.com has a picture to help test your skiing knowledge. The pictures are from collections in a variety of participating ski museums, which we encourage readers to visit. This picture, submitted by The New England Ski Museum, shows a chair that serviced a New England area in the 1950s. It was the upper of two lifts that,[Read More…]

LUV2SKI (con’t)

LUV2SKI (con’t)

Isn’t it fantastic what a good imagination can do with six or seven characters…especially when a passion for identifying with skiing is involved? These new additions to the license plate gallery came from Margery Martin, Minneapolis; Jack Whalberg, Cape Cod, and Hamlin “Ham” Pakradooni, Cape Cod. If you run across a skiing license plate and want to add it to the[Read More…]

by January 6, 2022 0 comments SKI LICENSE PLATES, Other News
The Skiing Weatherman-December 30, 2021

The Skiing Weatherman-December 30, 2021

The Skiing Weatherman-December 30, 2021 The West is wonderful…Ol’ Sol causes problems in the East… After an exceptionally slow start to the season in the West, the past few weeks have brought an amazing and dramatic reversal of fortune to that half of the continent in terms of snowfall.  An upper level trough has dominated the pattern from the Rockies[Read More…]

by December 30, 2021 9 comments Other News

This Issue

This is being written from Salt Lake City, the day after 20” fell at Snowbird. It’s almost at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon and just a short distance from Park City, where the total was 10”. Compare that to Mammoth Mountain in California’s Sierra range… 44” in 72 hours! Jon’s Short Swings! column is a bit self-confessional this time,[Read More…]

by December 16, 2021 8 comments This Issue, Other News
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Yes, age does give many of us some advantages. Wisdom is often cited, but, I, for one have made enough errors in judgment to be exempted from checking that box. I’m probably not alone. Financial well-being is another frequent citation. Fortunately, along with about two-thirds of SeniorsSkiing readers who say they’re financially independent, I’m okay in that category. But I[Read More…]

The Skiing Weatherman-December 16, 2021

The Skiing Weatherman-December 16, 2021

Colder, snowy pattern evolving coast to coast… As we hit the holiday season, the weather pattern is changing to one that will soon be dominated by colder than normal air.  Cold air has been in relatively short supply for a couple of weeks now, but in the past week, a series of troughs have descended into the West, leading to[Read More…]

by December 16, 2021 2 comments Other News, Skiing Weatherman
The Fear Monkey in Our Heads

The Fear Monkey in Our Heads

When was the last time this happened to you on the mountain: you’re skiing down one of your regular trails, having fun, where you know every turn by heart, and then, as you approach a trail sign for a more difficult run than you’re used to, you think maybe it’s a good time to try it…but then you keep on[Read More…]

by December 16, 2021 16 comments Home Top Box 2, Other News
The Power of the Small Area

The Power of the Small Area

When I hear that people don’t ski in their local areas because they’re spoiled by skiing out West, I believe they’re missing something. A lot of world class ski racers cut their teeth on areas that have less than 1000’ vertical. Lindsey Vonn and Kristina Koznick both were raised on Buck Hill in Minnesota, under the watchful eye of Erich[Read More…]

by December 16, 2021 14 comments Other News
The Wild Old Bunch meets daily at the only round table in Alf's, mid-mountain at Alta.   Photo Harriet Wallis

Finding a Senior Ski Buddy

Finding someone to play with was easy when we were kids. “Can Johnny come out and play?” But as seniors, it’s not easy to find someone to ski with. Ski friends drop out, move away, or go to the great beyond. SeniorsSkiing.com is an amazing source of information. Here’s what happened recently: A skier emailed me saying: “I saw your stories[Read More…]

by December 16, 2021 53 comments Other News
New To Cross Country? These Nordic Centers are Great Places to Start.

New To Cross Country? These Nordic Centers are Great Places to Start.

If you’re among the many newcomers to XC skiing, I suggest that you take a lesson. XCSkiResorts.com recommends starting at one of the following locations: Metropolitan Boston — Weston Ski Track, a county-owned golf course accessible by public transportation. Snowmaking guarantees good cover and lights allow for night skiing. A 75-minute session covers the basics (i.e. motion, turning and negotiating[Read More…]

by December 16, 2021 3 comments Other News, Home Top Box 3, Make More Tracks
Source: New Mexico Ski Museum and Sk Hall of Fame

Test Your Skiing Knowledge

Each issue of SeniorsSkiing.com has a picture to help test your skiing knowledge. The pictures are from collections in a variety of participating ski museums, which we encourage readers to visit. The hairdo’s scream late 1960s. But these co-eds weren’t the only students of the man in the middle. He trained members of the US men’s and women’s Olympic ski[Read More…]

LUV2SKI (continued)

LUV2SKI (continued)

Ski license plates are definitely a thing. The call for additions to the gallery published in the last issue received a healthy response from readers around the country. Margery Martin, who lives near Minneapolis, has been collecting pictures of ski-oriented license plates for years. Several of her favorites have been added to the gallery; more to follow. Boyd Allen, Exeter,[Read More…]

by December 16, 2021 7 comments Other News, SKI LICENSE PLATES

This Issue

We had an unfortunate reminder that “skiing is an inherently dangerous sport” with the untimely death of Ron LeMaster, ski writer/photographer and certified PSIA instructor. The 72-year-old was killed earlier this week after colliding with a snowboarder on Eldora Mountain (CO). May he rest in peace. Like so many things in life, sometimes fortune is not on our side, even[Read More…]

by December 2, 2021 10 comments Other News
The Skiing Weatherman-December 2, 2021

The Skiing Weatherman-December 2, 2021

Pattern coming alive on both coasts… Thanks to snowmaking and a nice dump of fresh snow last Friday, I kicked off my season with a nice day on the trails of Killington this past Tuesday. The surface midwinter stuff and it was fantastic to be making turns again. The storm late last week helped out across much of the Northeast,[Read More…]

by December 2, 2021 2 comments Other News, Skiing Weatherman
Cortina

The Best Ski Trip, Ever

A few years ago, Pam and I went on what was arguably the best ski trip of our lives. We spent six-days on Ski Safari in the Dolomites with Inspired Italy, a SeniorsSkiing.com advertiser. The updated account about this bucket-list experience follows: The Dolomites is the vast UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Italy. It received the designation because of its natural[Read More…]

by December 2, 2021 4 comments Home Top Box 3, Other News, International
Ski Videos for the Rest of Us

Ski Videos for the Rest of Us

No impossible steeps, flips or cliff-hucking. Don Burch creates kinder and gentler ski videos showing normal skiers doing normal things. His editing, use of interesting digital enhancements and choice of scenic shots have a warm, old-school quality appealing to skiers and boarders of a certain age. “Calling Me” (about 3-minutes) is Don’s most recent production. Click on the image to[Read More…]

by December 2, 2021 6 comments Other News
LUV2SKI: Skiing Vanity Plates

LUV2SKI: Skiing Vanity Plates

There’s a joy to walking through the parking lot, skis on shoulder on the way to the lift or at the end of the day. People wishing you a good day, asking how the day went, commenting on the snow, sitting on a lawn chair sipping a cold one.  The often-unnoticed backdrop to this gemutlichkeit is the ski-oriented vanity license[Read More…]

by December 2, 2021 1 comment Other News
Skiing Technique:  Where should you be headed?

Skiing Technique: Where should you be headed?

  Several responses to a recent article under the same heading suggest I left the wrong impression on some readers. That’s anathema for a coach, so this is an attempt at clarification. The sketch is my attempt to explain the direction in which the skier’s torso is best oriented; not the direction your skis will be taking. In reality, every[Read More…]

by December 2, 2021 13 comments Other News, Home Top Box 2

PSIA Podcast: Not Just for Pros

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by December 2, 2021 0 comments Other News, Snow Sports Leaders
This Week

This Week

Even though senior skiers ski more and spend more per capita on skiing than younger generations, there’s a perception throughout the industry that the older cohort is made up of tight wads taking up otherwise valuable space in the day lodge. Jon touches on the issue in this week’s Short Swings! column. In his typical light and informative style, Skiing[Read More…]

by November 11, 2021 2 comments Other News