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What a new knee looks like when it is all over. Credit: Bob Nesoff

My Knee Replacement Story

Conditioning Makes A Huge Difference To This Skier’s Post-Op Experience. A lifetime of abusing my body never really bothered me until it did. Coming down a blue trail five miles long at Park City, UT, one of my all time favorites because of the killer views, suddenly posed a problem. My knees were killing me. The pain traveled into my[Read More…]

by March 12, 2019 20 comments MedTech
Appleton Farms, Ipswich/Hamilton, MA. Credit: Mike Maginn

Snow In Literature: The Winter’s Spring

By John Clare (1793-1864) The winter comes; I walk alone, I want no bird to sing; Tho those who keep their hearts their own The winter is the spring. No flowers to please—no bees to hum— The coming spring’s already come.   I never want the Christmas rose To come before its time; The season, each as God bestows, Are[Read More…]

by March 11, 2019 2 comments Features
Start of the Vasaloppett March 3, 2019.

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Mar.8)

[Editor Note: We sent packages and envelopes to readers who donated in our recent fund-raising campaign this week. Jon and I are truly gratified by your support. Thank you. If you haven’t received your premium, please be patient. More patches and stickers are being shipped to us.] Vasaloppett And Memories Of The Great Washington Birthday Race, Fat Bike Amateur, Mystery[Read More…]

by March 8, 2019 1 comment Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

  Older skiers have older eyes, and all skiers eventually experience decrease in snow contrast sensitivity. The most common culprit is cataracts, the cloudiness that forms on our lenses, causing the eyes to lose clarity and decreasing the quality of light focused on the retina. Cataracts can start forming when we’re in our 40s and 50s, though they’re more commonplace[Read More…]

by March 8, 2019 2 comments Short Swings!
Correspondent Don Burch (l) and Co-Publisher Mike Maginn pose before heading out. Credit: Tamsin Venn

Mike On A Fat Bike On Snow

A Fat Bike Neophyte Takes To The Trails. Here’s What’s Different. Exploring alternative snow sports always interests us.  We like snowshoeing around the woods when the snow is too deep for cross-country skiing. We go ice-skating on the pond behind the house when it gets cold enough and there’s no snow cover, an uncommon combination. We even tried snow camping,[Read More…]

by March 6, 2019 2 comments Destinations, East
Mystery Glimpse: Erin Go Grind

Mystery Glimpse: Erin Go Grind

Read The Hints, Connect The Dots. Boiler plate, locally manufactured, Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Irish-tinged ski area. Got it? What is this? Who invented it? Last Week This is the famous Al Johnson, ski legend of the Rockies.  According to the Colorado Snowsports Museum, which contributed this picture, Al was a superb skier before he came to Crystal, CO, from[Read More…]

by March 6, 2019 4 comments Features
Ask An Expert: Knee Replacement

Ask An Expert: Knee Replacement

Advice From An Orthopedic Physician. A reader asks: I need a knee replacement. Is there one implant (Zimmer, Depuy, Stryker, etc.) that is better for returning to skiing? Here’s the reply from Dr. Peter Schmaus, Orthopedic Spine and Sports, Paramus, NJ: Thank you for that interesting and timely question. There are nearly 700,000 knee replacements done in the United States[Read More…]

by March 6, 2019 11 comments Ask An Expert
Sometimes Our Bodies Need Help

Sometimes Our Bodies Need Help

There are times when we can benefit from some extra help, especially as we age or develop chronic medical conditions.  Nick Manley, a remarkable athlete with a degenerative neurological condition, swears by the Ski-Mojo knee bracing system. The product’s shock absorbing springs reduce the load on his knees, allowing him to continue to race and ski for the entire day[Read More…]

by March 4, 2019 4 comments MedTech
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SeniorsSkiing Guide: Powderhorn Mountain Resort

The Grand Mesa in western Colorado is the world’s largest flat-topped mountain. Six-thousand feet higher than surrounding terrain. In places, it ascends to 11,000’. You drive through high desert, ranchland, tiny villages. Then you climb to the heights of Powderhorn Mountain Resort.  Many of you have expressed interest in lesser-known ski areas. To those not in the neighborhood, Powderhorn qualifies[Read More…]

by March 4, 2019 1 comment West
Perhaps you've seen this picture of Lake Tahoe's cumulative snow this season. Awesome, wow.
Credit: Active NorCal

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (March 1)

[Editor Note: We thank each reader who offered a donation to help us defray expenses. We are extremely grateful and humbled.  We are preparing mailings to our contributors that will begin to go out next week. Thank you so much.] Something Happening Here, Early Colorado Ski Jumping, Resort Reviews: Wolf Creek, E-Bike Italy, NSAA Meeting Report. Indeed, something is happening[Read More…]

by March 1, 2019 1 comment Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Many thanks to those who responded to our February fund-raising campaign. Your decals, patches, and hats are being sent. There are delays in shipments because the patch supplier is behind schedule. Thank you for your support!!! Once upon a time, stores, malls and restaurants didn’t look the same. Places in different parts of the country looked and felt different, even[Read More…]

by March 1, 2019 0 comments Short Swings!
Tuscany and Umbria on E-Bikes

Tuscany and Umbria on E-Bikes

To be on an E-Bike is to experience the joys of cycling while having control over the amount of effort you put into it.  Last year, at a high elevation and on a steep uphill road, the E-bike I was using required very little from me. I could have adjusted the settings to get a better workout, but I didn’t[Read More…]

by February 28, 2019 2 comments International
Mystery Glimpse: Ski Legend Of The Rockies

Mystery Glimpse: Ski Legend Of The Rockies

That’s A Big Hint. He sure looks like a rugged dude.  Considering what he did for a living, you shouldn’t be surprised to learn he was a thorough outdoorsman.  Do you know who this is? Where he hung out? What he did for a living? Our bet is a lot of our readers know who this is. Last Week This[Read More…]

by February 27, 2019 1 comment Features
Report From The NSAA Winter Meetings

Report From The NSAA Winter Meetings

SeniorsSkiing.com Correspondent Makes Presentations On Senior Skiers’ Needs and Wants. NSAA is the National Ski Areas Association, publishing the NSAA Journal six times a year. The publication’s audience, along with its competitor, the independent Ski Area Management, are those who manage and market ski areas. A growing topic of interest is the senior skier and how to bring them to[Read More…]

by February 26, 2019 1 comment Features
Skiing off the top of Wolf Creek, with Alberta Peak in the distance. Credit: Samual Bricker courtesy of Wolf Creek Ski Area.

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Wolf Creek—The Snowiest Surprise

This Resort Has All The Characteristics Senior Skiers Love. It was a powder day at Colorado’s snowiest resort when we pulled in. Where were the crowds? Not here, they were in places like Aspen, Vail, and Winter Park. “There are maybe 500 people here,” said our shuttle driver. “Have fun!” Wolf Creek Ski Area is a delightful throwback situated on the[Read More…]

by February 25, 2019 1 comment Resort Reviews, West

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