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Pat's ski collection from narrow to wide underfoot dimensions. Credit: Pat McCloskey

In Your Quiver

Do You Know What Underfoot Measurement Is Best For Your Kind Of Skiing? One of the hardest questions a seasoned skier has to answer is when someone new to skiing or maybe even a friend says, “So what kind of ski should I be on this year?”  Really a tough question to answer without delving into particulars like, athleticism, age,[Read More…]

by October 15, 2018 9 comments Skis
This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Oct. 12)

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Oct. 12)

Warren Miller Film Tour, Other Things To Do Series Starts, Flat Light Polka. It is October and our natural, built-in annual calendar says it’s time for a Warren Miller flick to remind us how graceful, funny, and exhilarating snow sports can be. As long as we can remember, the official pre-start of the snow season has been the viewing of[Read More…]

by October 12, 2018 0 comments Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

I rode a chair last season with a couple who got upset when they saw a dead porcupine on the trail below. They “knew” the animal from skiing there for several months. It looked like it had been attacked. I’ve seen a lot of animals while skiing over the years. Nothing larger than the moose who frequented part of The[Read More…]

by October 12, 2018 4 comments Short Swings!
Ice fishing on Heffley Lake near Sun Peaks Resort with Elevated Fishing Adventures. Here, the guide and guest try their hand at outdoors holes. Credit: Yvette Cardozo

Ice Fishing Time Coming Up

Other Things To Do In Winter For Seniors. Some folks fish for sport. Some for relaxation. Some to “just get away.” I fish to eat. If I can’t eventually put it in a fry pan, I’m not really interested. So enter Elevated Fishing Adventures, near Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia, Canada, where you get all three. Especially the eating[Read More…]

by October 9, 2018 2 comments International
The Flat Light Polka

The Flat Light Polka

It isn’t just senior skiers who suffer in flat light, but whiteouts may take a greater toll on our sometimes diminished vision and balance. Case in point: the few falls I’ve had in recent ski seasons were all in flat light conditions. One crash last February caused a minor injury and led to the realization that I shoulda known better.[Read More…]

by October 9, 2018 14 comments Features
Oct. 2 25 cm (10 in.) snow wallops Calgary, breaking record with more expected.

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Oct. 5)

Big BC Snow Beats Record, Colorado Senior Discounts, Conditioning Cautions, Ski Shows Coming. No doubt about it, snow is making a statement in the Northwest and Canadian Rockies in particular. Just this week, Calgary experienced a record-breaking snowfall, catching municipal snow removers a bit flat footed. Equipment had to be imported from local towns and cities to help clear the[Read More…]

by October 5, 2018 6 comments Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

I heard a massive avalanche one time. Chamonix in the late 60s. Several minutes later a fine dust covered everything. When it stopped, it was an inch or two deep. When you ski in the West, you often hear the early morning thuds of dynamite and bombs dislodging unstable slopes. It’s impressive. I like to seek silence, pausing in the[Read More…]

by October 5, 2018 5 comments Short Swings!
High tech bike lights allow you to ride into the evening hours when the clock changes back to Standard Time. Credit: MountainRides.com

Can You Ski Yourself Into Shape?

There Are Other, Fun Ways To Get Ready Besides Hitting The Gym. One of the myths I hear from people at the beginning of the ski season is that they can “ski themselves into shape.”  They have not really done any preparation for the ski season and feel that they just have to start skiing, and their ski legs will[Read More…]

by October 2, 2018 9 comments Conditioning
Harriet looks for and usually finds a way. Credit: Laurie O'Connor

A Woman’s Guide To Sports As We Grow Older

Even Though You’re Not A Spring Chicken, You Can Still Do The Sports You Love. Don’t Let Your Past Hold You Back. To set the stage, I recently broke my wrist, so I’m sealed in a cast. Can’t drive. Can’t swim. Can’t this. Can’t that. Fortunately it’s temporary. Soon I’ll be back to doing the things I love. Meanwhile, I[Read More…]

by October 1, 2018 8 comments Features
This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Sep. 28)

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Sep. 28)

Other Great Ski Publications, Protect Our Winters, Anticipation, Snowmaking As Fire Protection. As you may have read, SeniorsSkiing.com is entering its fifth season of publishing. Over these last few years, we have entered the amazing world of ski publications and their publishers, all of whom have been welcoming, supportive, and collegial to Jon and me as newcomers. You should know[Read More…]

by September 28, 2018 1 comment Features
A Message From Mike And Jon

A Message From Mike And Jon

SeniorsSkiing.com is entering its fifth publishing season. When we started in 2014, we had a vision of creating an online magazine for snowsports enthusiasts over 50 and with it a community. Getting the magazine off the drawing board required many decisions. What should we call it? How frequently should it publish? Should it be free? Should we pay contributors? Etc.[Read More…]

by September 28, 2018 4 comments Home Top Box 1
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

“Snow is the cosmetic of the Earth.” That’s one of many memorable lines from Moby Dick, Herman Melville’s masterpiece about one man’s obsession with the destruction of a gigantic white whale. Riding early morning lifts, especially on a powder day, brings Melville’s observation to life. The smooth, undulating surface conceals what’s below. My skiing dreams and day-dreams invariably show untouched[Read More…]

by September 27, 2018 4 comments Short Swings!
Laying pipe with heavy equipment. A hot engine can quickly spark a blaze. Credit: Deer Valley

How Deer Valley Prepares For Worst Case Scenario: Wildfire

Fires continue to rage throughout the western states. It’s an annual phenomenon: drought, dry grass, tinder-dry forests killed by bark beetles. Lightning strikes. Human carelessness. Just one spark can set an entire mountain ablaze. For Deer Valley, it’s a normal summer. Hikers and mountain bikers enjoy the trails, and they dine outdoors on the patios. Aspen leaves ripple in the[Read More…]

by September 25, 2018 1 comment West
Anticipation

Anticipation

A Chill Is In The Air. It’s usually the cusp of late summer and early fall when I first start thinking about skiing. All it takes is some cool days and seeing the first leaves starting to turn. Wearing long slacks for the first time, turning on heat for the first time, and the beginning of football season get me[Read More…]

by September 25, 2018 2 comments Features
Sundeck at The Remarkables, Queenstown, New Zealand's famous resort. Big snow happening do there this summer. Credit: Snowbrains.com

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Sep. 21)

Snow Is Happening Now, Winter Weather Prediction, Portillo Report, XC Binding News. So it begins.  There’s snow in British Columbia, some parts of Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Check out the very recent snow map above from Snow-Forecast.com.  The green represents snow; it’s not very much accumulation, —though we did hear Banff got blasted just today—but it’s there. Someone please ring[Read More…]

by September 21, 2018 0 comments Features

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