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Sugarbush Offers$199 Mid-Week Boomer Season Pass.  Thank you, Sugarbush.

Sugarbush Offers$199 Mid-Week Boomer Season Pass. Thank you, Sugarbush.

Thanks, Sugarbush, For The Deal!     Sugarbush Resort is offering a wonderful deal: Mid-week season pass for $199 for 65+ skiers.   For mid-week Boomer skiers, this is a good thing.  Thanks, Sugarbush, for acknowledging senior skiers. Click here to BUY NOW.

by September 8, 2014 0 comments East
When Skiing Was New: Early Scenes From 30s To 50s

When Skiing Was New: Early Scenes From 30s To 50s

Skiing was once considered a fad like Mah-Jong.  That was a long time ago. Here’s a seven-minute series of clips from John Jay’s “Ski Down The Years”, a visual history of skiing from the early days of rope tows in the mid-30s in New England to the FIS championships at Aspen in 1950.  From our current perspective, those initial attempts appear[Read More…]

by August 18, 2014 1 comment Home Top Box 2, Ski History
Incredible.
Credit: Nate Wallace/GoPro

Powder Skiing Fantasy in Swiss Alps

 GoPro Channel hosts unbelievable footage from little camera. Can you see how Nate Wallace is doing this?  He’s holding a little GoPro camera on the end of an aluminum pole.  The effect shows that this kind of powder skiing is nothing short of exhilarating.  If you’ve never tried deep powder, this is what it’s like.  Click here to be transported. Truly like a dream.

by August 11, 2014 0 comments International
WOB clowning around at Alta circa 1970.
Credit: WildOldBunch.com

Buddy Up: Senior Ski Clubs Have More Fun

Alan Engen Recounts How Alta’s Wild Old Bunch has been meeting on the mountain since 1969. With the baby boomers now reaching retirement age, there is a growing population of senior age skiers on the slopes, some of whom are even active in competitive skiing activities. As a result, senior ski programs are becoming a significant part of many ski[Read More…]

by August 8, 2014 2 comments Home Top Box 1, West
Start early and bond with your instructor! 
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Should I Take An Early Season Lesson?

Starting right sticks all season. My friend says the same thing every winter. She says wants to take a lesson as soon as there’s more snow on the ground or when she has more ski days under her belt. That’s been going on for as long as I’ve known her, and she still hasn’t taken a lesson. If you’ve ever[Read More…]

by August 5, 2014 1 comment Conditioning
The Truth About Hand Warmers

The Truth About Hand Warmers

A hot tip for happy hands. The fall hunting season can be the best time to stock up on the “shake ’em up” hand warmer packets that we put into our ski gloves and mittens. In my area—Salt Lake City—some big box stores have special deals on the packets in the fall when outdoorsmen are preparing to head to the[Read More…]

by August 4, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Gear, Home Top Box 2
The Osbe's visor allows a flow of air to evaporate fog.
Credit:  Michael Conley

Fogless, Wide-Screen View While Wearing Glasses From Osbe Helmet

How To Look Like A Skiing Top Gun Like many seniors dependent on glasses and contact lens-phobic, I’ve always searched for a way to keep my specs from fogging up while skiing.  I overheat easily and goggles steam up so none of the usual tricks (rubbing dry soap on the lenses, etc.) help for long. I tried different goggles with a[Read More…]

by August 4, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Gear, Home Top Box 4
Christian Mulhausen's video shows the Matterhorn as a player in terrestrial and celestial theatre.

Matterhorn In Motion

The Peak: Swiss Videographer Makes The Mountain Come Alive. Christian Mulhauser is a young, self-taught Swiss photographer and videographer who, in this short clip has managed to capture the magnificence of the Matterhorn.  The different sequences are dynamic; no longer does the peak look like a silent statute; instead, it is a player in a vastly changing environment.

by July 29, 2014 1 comment Destinations
Is There Life After Knee Replacement? Part I

Is There Life After Knee Replacement? Part I

Inspiration Is The First Step. There’s a saying: If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch. I had to stay on the porch. My knees had quit, and I spent ski days mostly on the deck of the ski lodge while everybody else went skiing. I slathered on the sunscreen, drank hot chocolate and chatted with visitors.[Read More…]

by July 25, 2014 2 comments MedTech
How about those smiles? 
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Should You Teach Your Munchkins To Ski?

Five Non-Obvious Tips For Making Learning Fun For All. Because you love to ski or ride, you probably hope that your grandkids will also share your passion for the snow.  Here are some ideas to get things off to a good start if you plan to teach them yourself. Look for deals. Some resorts offer free or low cost tickets for youngsters.[Read More…]

Strut from butt to boot
Credit: Dan Leeth

CADS: How to Add Years to Your Skiing

An ingenious invention extends your ability to ski well on not-so-great knees On the high side of usefulness for seniors, we find CADS, a remarkable body weight suspension system for skiers and riders that reportedly helps relieve knee pressure by acting as a spring between your butt and your knees.  Instead of gravity relentlessly pressing down—using your knees as a fulcrum—CADS[Read More…]

by July 23, 2014 1 comment Accessories, Features
Credit: Rob Bossi/Canyons

This Bubble Is Heating Up

What is hot, orange and headed uphill? Okemo recently announced installation of its Orange Bubble, a heated-seat, six-pack chair, the first of its kind in New England.  And, Canyons Resort in Park City installed its Orange Bubble Quad a few years ago. I’ve taken that lift, and the warmth and orange-filtered view are nice‑especially on a bitter day. The technology[Read More…]

by July 21, 2014 1 comment East, West
Tony Carleton guides his old pal Dick Perkins. 
Credit: Sharon Brody/WBUR

Need to See to Ski?

 Check Your Assumptions: Physical Obstacles Don’t Have To End Your Runs. The first time I witnessed blind skiers I was blown away.  I assumed vision was a prerequisite for being on the slopes, but was I wrong! That was years ago. Today, adaptive sports programs around the country train both specialized instructors and the visually impaired. The National Ability Center[Read More…]

by July 16, 2014 0 comments Features, Health
Suicide Six Poma Lift
Credit: New England Ski Museum

When Going Up Was Half The Fun

Early New England Tows We Still Miss. I’ve been skiing for 65 years, grown and raised in Concord MA.  I made my first turns on Punkatasset Hill, a no-lift neighborhood ski hill. That’s where I side-stepped to the top to pack the snow before picking my way down through the labyrinth of slalom poles my dad had set for me and[Read More…]

by July 15, 2014 3 comments Features, Ski History
It's quite the hat.

This Old Moriarty Hat

Who owns a hat for 50 years?  Well, if it’s a Moriarty hat, perhaps you understand why. Getting ready to shovel the driveway one cold morning last winter, I reached to the top shelf of the hall closet for a hat.  My fingers felt the double-thick headband of my old Moriarty hat tucked up out of sight.  I pulled it[Read More…]

by July 14, 2014 7 comments Accessories, Remember When?

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