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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
The Skiing Weatherman-November 12, 2021

The Skiing Weatherman-November 12, 2021

Cold air supply growing… Before I look forward in this discussion, let’s look back. October was a very warm month relative to normal across the country, in large part because a sizable upper level dome of high pressure stretched across Canada and the northern states. Early snow cover over northern Asia and Canada are typically harbingers of a fast start[Read More…]

by November 11, 2021 2 comments Other News, Skiing Weatherman
Henry David Thoreau in 1856. Source: Wikipedia

Around Walden Pond

There are two trips around Walden Pond near Concord, MA. The first is a ski tour through a picturesque New England landscape, with sharp and steeply wooded hillsides surrounding an ice-covered, lambchop-shaped lake. Around the same pond is a second trip, a pilgrimage that passes the cabin site of Henry David Thoreau, “self-appointed inspector of snowstorms”, conjuring the spirit of[Read More…]

by November 11, 2021 3 comments Other News, East, Home Top Box 2
The Day Three Slump

The Day Three Slump

This is my shortest ever blog, but it may have a significant impact on your next ski holiday. It’s your first day back on the slopes, and you want to hit the ground running.  You don’t want to miss a thing, so you‘re up early, on the first chair, and skiing like a mad thing all day.  It feels so[Read More…]

by November 11, 2021 5 comments Other News, Conditioning, Home Top Box 4
Move it or lose it

Move it or lose it

In a sheltered, out-of-the-way spot, a tree nursery suddenly popped up at Brighton, the ski area gem at the end of Salt Lake City’s Big Cottonwood Canyon. That’s where 266 saplings are adjusting to life in pots until they’re big enough to be planted back onto the mountain. Mother Nature inconveniently sowed seeds on ski trails where they took root.[Read More…]

by November 11, 2021 1 comment Other News
Bindings Made Simple

Bindings Made Simple

Originally published in the 2020-21 Masterfit Buyer’s Guide and realskiers.com Bindings are rugged little devices, but like any mechanical unit they can wear out quickly if not kept clean and lubricated. At the beginning of the season, do a binding check. Annual shop inspections of the ski/boot/binding system will reveal any deviations in the release system that may require a binding to be[Read More…]

by November 11, 2021 0 comments Other News, Gear
This Issue

This Issue

Ever since Vail Resorts and Alterra started gobbling up ski areas, there’s been industry chatter about corporate vs. independent resorts. Among other topics, this issue’s Short Swings! weighs in on the issue. Ski instructor and contributor, John Gelb, reports on Alta’s Intermediate Breakthrough instruction program and suggests ways to replicate it at other areas. One suggestion: take lessons on Sunday, when[Read More…]

by October 28, 2021 0 comments Other News
Alta's Intermediate Breakthrough program help people go from blues to blacks

“Intermediate Breakthrough – IB” at Alta, Utah

Hello readers, super great comments and questions on my “Secrets for Your Best Ski Season Ever” piece.  Also spoke with two readers in follow up.  I can sense everyone’s excited for this ski season – me too.  Shoot me your thoughts or questions and I’ll reply. Previously I mentioned my good friend (60+) who improved bigtime from only four group[Read More…]

by October 28, 2021 20 comments Other News, Home Top Box 2
Source: Don Burch

Enjoy Don Burch’s Newest Creation

Don Burch creates short, artistic ski videos that capture the small moments showing people of all ages and abilities having fun together on the mountain. “Skiing The East” features scenes from Stowe, Okemo, Otis Ridge, Sunday River, Killington, Sugarbush, Mount Snow, Stratton, Wildcat, Magic, Waterville Valley and Maple Valley (long closed). Enjoy this two-minute ride.

by October 27, 2021 5 comments Other News, East
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 you to visit and to support. This image was submitted by the Alf Engen Ski Museum, located in Park City, Utah. The museum is dedicated to preserving the rich history of skiing[Read More…]

by October 27, 2021 7 comments Other News, Home Top Box 3

This Issue

Years ago, a fellow I knew in the fitness industry commented, “You don’t ski to get in shape. You get in shape to ski.” I didn’t always agree, but as I’ve aged, I’ve realized that it really does require considerable training to prepare for the season. This issue has some good advice from Pat McCloskey about similarities between mountain biking[Read More…]

by October 14, 2021 8 comments Other News
The Skiing Weatherman-October 15, 2021

The Skiing Weatherman-October 15, 2021

A bit of a false start… In the past week, some significant early season snow has fallen over portions of the western U.S. and far western Canada.  The season is off and running…at least for now…as Wolf Creek Pass in southern Colorado will open this weekend with limited terrain.  I wish I could say that it is a sustainable plan[Read More…]

by October 14, 2021 2 comments Other News, Skiing Weatherman
How to Get Fit for Ski Season

How to Get Fit for Ski Season

Originally published in the 2020-21 Masterfit Buyer’s Guide Getting fit for ski season doesn’t take a fancy gym membership. What it does take is general cardio training– biking, hiking, running, or even vigorous walking–with some specific strength training that will improve your performance on snow. Just ask Tyler White, who runs iSport, a training facility at Killington that’s a branch[Read More…]

by October 11, 2021 5 comments Other News, Conditioning
How Mountain Biking Improves My Skiing

How Mountain Biking Improves My Skiing

There are many similarities between mountain biking and skiing aside from the fact that both sports engage the same type of people.  I love to mountain bike, but I use it primarily as an exercise to keep me in shape for skiing.  I don’t take any chances. I ride to ride another day.  But it is good exercise and keeps[Read More…]

by October 11, 2021 4 comments Other News
Where are these skiers?   Source: New Mexicao Ski Museum

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 you to visit and to support. This image was submitted by New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame and New Mexico Ski Museum, located outside Albuquerque, at the base of the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway.[Read More…]

Secrets for Your Best Ski Season Ever

Secrets for Your Best Ski Season Ever

Over 11 seasons I’ve probably taught 500-600 kids and adults as a part-time instructor at Stratton/VT & Butternut/MA. “Never-evers”, experts, 4-yr olds to 80-yr olds. Me: flipping through trail names like a deck of cards, choosing the best run for the task at hand and my eager, anxious learner.  Here’s the huge thing I’ve learned: Anyone can become a better[Read More…]

by September 30, 2021 26 comments Other News, Home Top Box 4
This Issue

This Issue

Welcome back, fellow Senior Skiers!!! This is the first issue of SeniorsSkiing.com for the 2021-22 season. As usual, there’s a lot of original content. Ski instructor and contributor John Gelb offers excellent advice about taking lessons at the beginning of the season. Day 1: ski around and take notes on what you want to strengthen or improve. Day 2: Have your[Read More…]

by September 30, 2021 3 comments Other News
Planning Your XC Ski Vacation

Planning Your XC Ski Vacation

Let’s say you’ve decided to take a cross country ski vacation. That’s a great idea because it’s a wonderful way to escape city stress. But there are a lot of other good reasons. You can ski your brains out or veg out, get a tan, see new country, ski but avoid midwinter cold, eat incredible meals, enjoy a romantic interlude,[Read More…]

by September 29, 2021 6 comments Other News
Last Season

Last Season

Don Burch is a frequent contributor of interesting ski pictures and videos. He put together this 2-minute video of highlights from his 2020-21 season. If you want to stoke your imagination for the coming season, click here and enjoy!

by September 29, 2021 3 comments Other News
Hannes Schneider brought "technique" to the US in early 30s.

Question For You: How Did You Learn?

Did How You Learn Help Or Hinder Your Current Technique? I remember taking couple of lessons when I started skiing in the mid-60s. Lessons were based on the snow-plow, stem christie, christie school.  Very Austrian. It served me well over the years I skied up to the time my Alpine career went on hiatus. When I came back to skiing[Read More…]

by January 19, 2021 36 comments Other News
Finally! A Ski Boot For Older Feet

Finally! A Ski Boot For Older Feet

I recently had an online boot-fitting session with Dahu, the remarkable Swiss ski boot that advertises with SeniorsSkiing.com. Before sending a pair of loaners, the company asked for my street shoe size. I could have used their App to determine foot volume but didn’t go through that short step. As it turned out, the boots they sent were the correct[Read More…]

by January 12, 2021 19 comments Other News
Question For You 12: How Will You Change?

Question For You 12: How Will You Change?

The 2020 Season Will Be Like No Other. Things Will Be Different. Will You Be, Too? You know the scene: COVID rules in play at resorts, mostly involving reduced capacities, reservations, limitations on indoor activities, restricted food service, and the whatever else ski area managers have created to protect customers.  It ain’t business as usual. We’d like to know how[Read More…]

by October 6, 2020 30 comments Other News
Ski/Snowboard Consumer Expos Offer Info and FUN!

Ski/Snowboard Consumer Expos Offer Info and FUN!

[Editor Note: This article first appeared in SunandSnowAdventures.com, an online magazine published by Mary Jo Tarallo, the former head of Learn To Ski And Snowboard Month.] Ski and snowboard consumer expos are a great way to get ready for or learn more about the sports. And, they are FUN! Most feature music, demos and food samplings PLUS the latest deals[Read More…]

by October 23, 2019 0 comments Other News
Apex Boots

APEX Boots: Simplicity. Comfort. Performance.

    If there’s a skiers’ Hell, its boot room will be full. Many of you have written to complain that your boots don’t provide good support; they’re too cold; you have to tighten them until your feet go numb. They have you thinking about ending your skiing careers.  There’s no other piece of equipment that stimulates as much discomfort[Read More…]

by October 16, 2019 11 comments Other News
Reconstruction: Alfons & Adrie Kennis © South Tyrol Museum Archaeology/Ochsenreiter

Ötzi the Ice Man: Three Millennia Older Than Mel Brooks

  He may not be the world’s oldest skier, but at more than 5000 years, he is the world’s oldest and best-preserved wet mummy. Given his advancing years, Ötzi is in particularly good shape.  Named for where he was found in 1991 by two hikers on the Italian-Austrian border, Ötzi now resides in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in the[Read More…]

by April 17, 2019 1 comment Other News, International