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The Dolomites is a UNESCO Wolrd Heritage site and the world's largest ski area

Ski Safari in the Mighty Dolomiti

We just completed a six-day Ski Safari in the Dolomites. It should be on every serious skier’s bucket list. The Dolomites, or as the Italians say it, Dolomiti, is a vast UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Italy. It received the designation because of the natural beauty and unique local culture. The region, also known as South Tyrol, is the[Read More…]

by April 3, 2019 9 comments International
Mystery Glimpse: A Rare Artifact

Mystery Glimpse: A Rare Artifact

What Is This? Who Used It? Why Is It A Rare Artifact Of Ski History? Last Week This is Betty Welch Whitney, born in Haverhill, MA, graduated from Smith College in 1923, and first went on a ski trip with the AMC in 1928. She remained an AMC member for life, and became a ski fashion and equipment buyer for[Read More…]

by April 3, 2019 2 comments Features
SeniorsSkiing Guide: Silver Star Update

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Silver Star Update

I hadn’t been to Silver Star Mountain in probably two decades. I remembered a mellow, family resort with an Old West theme and very easy runs. Boy, has Silver Star in British Columbia, Canada’s interior grown up. Yes, the main street still has a bit of Old West, 1900s mining town vibe. But that’s where the original Silver Star ends.[Read More…]

by April 3, 2019 2 comments International, West
Seniors Visit Cranmore, Bring Grandchildren

Seniors Visit Cranmore, Bring Grandchildren

Historic Mountain Is Perfect For Seniors Who Like Mellow Skiing And Kid-Friendly Amenities. Cranmore offers a lot for seniors to like: Fun and varied terrain, manageable size, easy flat walk from parking lots and most of all, friendly vibe. I visited Cranmore on a Saturday with a group of senior skiers. Though busy, the main chair lift to the summit,[Read More…]

by April 3, 2019 2 comments East
Group Or Private XC Lesson?

Group Or Private XC Lesson?

Here’s What The Experts Say. Let’s say you want to learn how to cross-country ski relatively quickly and easily: How to move with grace and minimal effort, develop endurance, and enjoy what you’re doing from the git-go. Well, it’s going to take time on skis to develop that self-assurance, balance, and muscle memory (though kids can do a lot of[Read More…]

by April 3, 2019 1 comment Features
Miss Tweedie Goes Skiing In Norway

Miss Tweedie Goes Skiing In Norway

“Was ever anything so vexatious?” One of the most enthusiastic English Victorian tourists who made a ski trip to Norway was Mrs. Alec Tweedie, author of A Winter Jaunt to Norway (1893). Not only did she sketch a vivid picture of Norwegian skiing equipment, technique, and terrain, but she also reported on the second-ever Holmenkollen Day events. Mrs. Tweedie, then[Read More…]

by April 1, 2019 1 comment Ski History
The parking lot is walled by snow. Where will they put the next storm's dump?  Credit: Harriet Wallis

A Banner Winter Through The Camera Of An Average Skier

Harriet’s Album Of Deep, Deep Snow Pics At Brighton. At my home resort Brighton, the snowfall has topped 500 inches—about 41 feet—and the snow keeps coming. Brighton is a down home, low key resort near Salt Lake City that’s favored by families and snowboarders. Plentiful snow is crucial because It’s our drinking water supply, and there have been several years[Read More…]

by April 1, 2019 7 comments West
SeniorsSkiing Guide: Sunapee Goes Epic

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Sunapee Goes Epic

Seniors Can Still Get A Mid-Week Pass At A Big Discount Before April 14. Sunapee in New Hampshire went Epic this past winter, joining Stowe and Okemo, Vt., as Vail Resort’s three footholds in the East. Sunapee draws many locals from neighboring towns plus a hefty day crowd from the Boston area. Parking lots fill up early on weekends. Midweek[Read More…]

by April 1, 2019 3 comments East, Resort Reviews
This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Mar.22)

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (Mar.22)

Odds & Ends, W.S. Merwin, Ski For Light Part 2, Schneider Cup, Resort Reviews, BC Resorts Love Seniors, Mystery Smithy, Crazy Ski Ads. Spring Arrives Tonight. This week, there’s yet more snow in The Sierra, and a Nor’Easter in the East, leaving piles of it everywhere. There are clearly opportunities for extending the season well into the summer. The question[Read More…]

by March 22, 2019 2 comments Features
More from the Italian Alps

More from the Italian Alps

  There are places you don’t want to leave. For me, Italy’s Aosta Valley is one. My wife and I just completed a week of skiing magic, visiting five fantastic resorts with tour operator, Alpskitour. Despite 6+ decades of passion for the sport, I wasn’t aware of this valley’s skiing treasures. It cuts across the Alps, giving surprisingly easy access to[Read More…]

by March 20, 2019 4 comments International
Blind skier Chris Leghorn and her guide. Credit: Pam Owen

Ski For Light: Why A Guide Keeps Coming Back

[Editor Note: This article was written by Robert Civiak, a 25-year Ski For Light volunteer guide. It previously appeared in the Ski For Light Bulletin, Summer, 2018. For Part 1: A Skier’s Experience. click here.] Part 2: A Guide’s Story. In 1992, after several years of bad snow in the mid- Atlantic region, I signed up to go to Colorado[Read More…]

by March 19, 2019 1 comment Features
Credit: New England Ski Museum archive

Mystery Glimpse: This Lady Created The First…

…What? Hints:  New Hampshire. She went to Smith. Her husband’s last name was the name of the creation. Many thanks to the New England Ski Museum, now with an Eastern Slope branch in North Conway, NH, in addition to their home base at the foot of the Cannon Mountain gondola, Franconia. Last Week Yes, Buddy Werner is the skier on[Read More…]

by March 19, 2019 4 comments Features, Ski History
Now this ad turned a few heads. Credit: Lange

Selling Skis: 50 Years Of Gibberish

Remember Lange’s “Soft Inside”? I get it. It’s not easy to sell skis. With so many advances in ski design, there are tons of great skis out there. So how does a brand differentiate their products from others? Just like they always have, advertising and marketing. This means slogans, endorsements, performance claims, use of exotic materials and “systems” and of[Read More…]

by March 19, 2019 12 comments Gear
Jubilation at the vintage fashion show at the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup. Credit: Tamsin Venn

History Lives At Cranmore Mountain

Celebrating Hannes Schneider, A Pioneer Of Alpine Skiing In North America. Every year, the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup Race, sponsored by the New England Ski Museum and Cranmore Mountain, NH, celebrates the legacy of the venerable Austrian ski instructor. For 23 years, the Cup has drawn people to Cranmore from all over to race or just cruise on this low[Read More…]

by March 18, 2019 1 comment East, Ski History
June Mt has the views, plenty of groomed blues, and lots to choose. Credit: June Mt.

SeniorsSkiing Guide: June Is A Pleasant Surprise

In The Shadow Of Mammoth, June Mt. Features Dramatic Views. One of the most beautiful drives in ski country is from Carson City, NV down Rt 395 to Mammoth Lakes, CA.  Passing Mono Lake and making your way through the passes that are open in the winter yields some of the most breathtaking views in the country.  As we made[Read More…]

by March 18, 2019 2 comments Resort Reviews, West

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