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IKON Pricing Hurts Some Older Skiers. May Help Others.

IKON Pricing Hurts Some Older Skiers. May Help Others.

Pricing of the new IKON Pass has raised concerns among older skiers, especially people living close to Mammoth and Squaw Valley. Those and some other IKON resorts are eliminating local season passes, most of which had senior discounts. Like EPIC, Mountain Collective, and other bundled packages, IKON generally offers good value. Ski pass pricing is complicated and making a decision[Read More…]

by March 20, 2018 3 comments Features
Medaling were left to right: Leigh Breidenbach (Turner). Ginny Bousum (Kingfield), Paul Rogers (Camden), Jill Gray (Farmington),  Michael Becker (Winthrop), Tip Kimball (Cumberland Center)
Credit: David Eden

New Legends In The Making

Ski Museum Of Maine Holds First Annual Seniors Race. Just when the afternoon light was at its best, the Ski Museum of Maine hosted its first Legends of Maine GS Race at Sunday River. The goal was to benefit the growing museum based in Kingfield as well as to show racing for seniors is both doable and fun. Twenty skiers,[Read More…]

by March 19, 2018 0 comments East, Features
Groomed trails at Applleton Farms, Ipswich, MA, easier and less tiring.
Credit: NS Nordic Assn

Cross-Country: Tracks vs Touring

Groomed XC Trails Are Becoming More Prevalent; Does That Ruin The Aesthetics Of The Sport? For the past 50 years or so, there’s been a generally amicable debate whether cross-country skiing on machine-groomed trails is preferable to making your own way over the fields and through the woods. The argument has a lot of angles, including “Free vs. Fee” and[Read More…]

by March 19, 2018 6 comments Features
Brodie Mtn, MA, ground zero for St. Patrick festivities, circa 1970.
Credit: NewEnglandSkiHistory.com

This Week In SeniorsSkiing.com (March 16)

St. Patrick Brings Snow To (Much Of) Ski Country, Mystery Myth, The Snow Song, Bundled Pass Impact On Seniors, Maine AMC XC Lodge, Friendly Little Mountain In Idaho. The good St. Patrick might have driven the snakes from all of Ireland, but his advent this year has brought late winter snow into the resorts of the West and Northeast which[Read More…]

by March 16, 2018 2 comments Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

We need to adjust our skiing to our age. Some readers will probably react with a “Mind your own business,” and that’s fine. But I keep running into too many people beating themselves up on skis: either forcing old bodies to ski like they did when they were young, or not knowing how to adjust to a more age-appropriate technique.[Read More…]

by March 15, 2018 16 comments Short Swings!
Reader Opinion: MAX Pass Replaced by Less Diverse IKON Pass

Reader Opinion: MAX Pass Replaced by Less Diverse IKON Pass

The MAX Pass offered skiers 5 days of unrestricted access to 44 ski areas ranging from local, family-oriented areas to large, destination resorts spread out evenly across the East and West. The MAX Pass was available through Intrawest and included 5 of its resorts. My understanding is that the Boston area had the highest concentration of MAX Pass holders, and[Read More…]

by March 15, 2018 7 comments Features
Mystery Glimpse: What’s The Story?

Mystery Glimpse: What’s The Story?

Dire Straits Require Heroic Acts. This week, a historic event for Mystery Glimpse.  Can you identify the characters involved in the above picture? What’s going on? Where are they headed? Why? And yes, they are skiing. Thanks to the New England Ski Museum, Franconia, NH, for hosting this jewel. Congratulations to NESM for opening its new branch in North Conway![Read More…]

by March 15, 2018 4 comments Ski History
Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, This Is Maine, It’s Gonna Snow

Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, This Is Maine, It’s Gonna Snow

The Half Moon Band Delivers Truth About Living In New England. It’s been snowing a lot around New England this March. Three Nor’easters in less than two weeks delivered plenty of snow and have basically rescued the spring skiing season for most resorts from Pennsylvania to Maine. But, there are people who think that snow is just frozen water that[Read More…]

by March 14, 2018 0 comments East, Features
Steve Hines and his pals venture into the AMC's wildernerness camps evert year.
Credit: R. Boucher

Little Lyford Pond Camps: Companionship, Adventure and Hospitality in the Maine woods

Long-Time Friends Take To The Maine Woods On An XC Adventure. A fresh three-inch snowfall covered the winter parking lot as we arrived for our annual winter ski trip. We felt a quiet confidence as we loaded gear into the gear shed for transport to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC) Little Lyford Pond Camps (LLPC). The camp is on the[Read More…]

by March 13, 2018 0 comments East
Pomerelle Mountain Resort: Vintage Family Area Named for a Favorite Wine

Pomerelle Mountain Resort: Vintage Family Area Named for a Favorite Wine

I recently visited Pomerelle Mountain Resort, a smallish ski area in the Sawtooth National Forest, 75 miles east of Twin Falls, Idaho. It’s about 25 miles from the Interstate. You get there driving through a long, flat valley and small villages (e.g. Albion, pop 300) before turning onto a road that climbs to the 8,000′ base. Lodge, lifts, and trails[Read More…]

by March 12, 2018 3 comments Destinations, Resort Reviews
This Week in SeniorsSkiing.com (March 9)

This Week in SeniorsSkiing.com (March 9)

Many of you took advantage of the new Discounts for Seniors page. New advertisers joined the program in the past week. We encourage you to visit the page and take a look. Jon and I are selecting advertisers we think you’ll like. To participate in the program, they commit to giving a decent discount. For example, Wild West Jerky is[Read More…]

by March 9, 2018 2 comments Features
NO FRIENDS ON A POWDER DAY???

Short Swings!

The first rule for skiing powder is to get to it before anyone else does. It skis best when untracked, and it doesn’t stay untracked for long. The other day at Grand Targhee in Wyoming, I bought a ticket that gave access to the lifts an hour before opening to the public. The other option would have been pricier cat[Read More…]

by March 8, 2018 2 comments Other News, Short Swings!
View from the top of Pebble Creek/

Pebble Creek: A Locals Area That Deserves A Visit

Many readers have expressed interest in learning about lesser-known areas. When I mentioned that to a representative of Visit Idaho, he suggested visiting Pebble Creek and Pomerelle, both in the southern part of the state. First stop was Pebble Creek, 2,200′ of impressive vertical not far from Pocatello. I skied there two days and stayed nearby in Lava Hot Springs,[Read More…]

by March 8, 2018 6 comments West
Eating Salt Lake City

Eating Salt Lake City

Staying in Salt Lake City (or Valley) is an excellent option to explore Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton. Ski City USA offers good value (many hotels include a Super Pass with the room), public transportation to the resorts, and a broad range of restaurants and entertainment venues. Here are some favorites. Check websites for hours and addresses. Breakfast For a[Read More…]

by March 6, 2018 1 comment Destinations, West
California-Comstock mine shaft entrance 
is on the tour. Credit: Tamsin Venn

There’s Silver In Them Thar Hills!

Park City: Visit Silver Mining Museum Sites On Skis. Led by Utah’s Park City Mountain Resort guides, the new Silver to Slopes tour skis you to various relics of the mining history scattered throughout beautiful scenery. More than 1,000 miles of tunnels lie beneath the slopes here. We ride up the McConkey Express with our amiable guide Jim Brown. He[Read More…]

by March 5, 2018 1 comment Destinations, West

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