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Each dimension can be varied in different ski types. Know your preferences.
Credit: Brittanica

Picking Your Next Skis: The Essentials

When buying skis, choose a ski based on matching width and turn radius to the kind of snow you like. Hard snow: select a ski with a narrow waist – 76mm or narrower. Soft groomers (or general western front-of-mountain skiing): select a moderate waist – 75 to 85mm. Resort powder (with firm surface underneath): select a mid-fat waist – 85[Read More…]

by October 27, 2015 12 comments Skis
Fur hood parka by Bogner: $2,108. Doggie: Priceless.
Credit: Gorsuch

Gorsuch. Too Much?

Buy Stuff If You Can. The 2016 Gorsuch catalog just landed on our desk with a cover model wearing  $4,487 worth of ski outerwear. Inside are pictures of parkas costing in the thousands and a four-way stretch insulated “ski jean” for $2,399. Choices for guys are pricey, but nothing like the trophy garments which, based on the Barbie-looking models, must be[Read More…]

by October 22, 2015 2 comments Accessories
Many senior skiers like wide groomers.  Big Sky has some beauts.
Credit: Greg Burke www.luxuryskitrips.com

Big Sky, Big Win For 3 Gens

Can Mom (74) Adapt To Big Sky Skiing?               SeniorsSkiing.com welcomes Correspondent Heather Burke, Ski Journalist LuxurySkiTrips.com and FamilySkiTrips.com Big Sky is just as massive and scenic as it sounds, with over 5,750-acres and a skiable summit soaring to 11,166’ and dropping 4,350’ vertical feet to the base village. Boom. This Montana ski resort is as intimidating as[Read More…]

by October 21, 2015 0 comments Home Top Box 2, West
On The Threshhold of Winter 2015-16

On The Threshhold of Winter 2015-16

So It Begins We’ve been watching reports of snow in high altitude places in the West and East which makes the coming of winter seem a bit rushed this year.  There are still leaf-peepers on the roads of Vermont and New Hampshire, and snow on Halloween decorations doesn’t seem to ring true.  For those of us in New England, the snow fall brings[Read More…]

by October 20, 2015 0 comments Features, Home Top Box 1
Veteran Instructor and SeniorsSkiing.com Advisory Board Member Seth Masia re-teaches seniors to ski at Vail.

Ski Younger Now: Retraining Program At Vail

Ski Younger Now is a retraining program for older skiers, and skiers returning to the sport after recovering from an injury. Developed by veteran instructor, Seth Masia (Seth is on the SeniorsSkiing.com Advisory Board), Ski Younger Now teaches low-impact, low-torque techniques to enable efficient skiing in all kinds of terrain. The approach works for anyone recovering from an injury and[Read More…]

by October 13, 2015 0 comments West
A SAR team practices at Yosemite.
Credit: US Park Service

Op-Ed: SAR In The Mountains

Debit or Credit? If you head out on the Atlantic Ocean in a canoe and run into trouble, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will send a 110 foot cutter to rescue you. End of story. This is not always the case here on land. The U.S. Park Service also maintains Search and Rescue (SAR) teams in each of the National[Read More…]

by October 7, 2015 3 comments Features
Woodstock Inn attracts women snowshoers who can step along in women-only gear.
Credit: Woodstock Inn

Women-Only Snowshoes: Vive La Difference!

Special Thanks to Roger Lohr, Editor and Publisher of XCSkiResorts.com for allowing us to post this article which first appeared on that site. About half of all snowshoers are women, who snowshoe to experience nature, to exercise with friends and family, for backcountry access, and to have outdoor fun throughout the winter. The various snowshoe companies have been catering to[Read More…]

by October 6, 2015 0 comments Accessories
Getting back into shape is a combination of courage, knowledge and just doing.
SeniorsSkiing.com Correspondent has all three working for her.

My Fitness Journey Continues: Part Six

The Battle Of The Bulge Rages On! (Thankfully, Reserve Forces Are On Their Way.) As I enter the sixth month of my personal (and public!) journey to fitness, I continue to make slow, steady progress toward my goal of being in great shape for the slopes come the first snowfall (and it IS supposed to snow in the Sierra this[Read More…]

by October 1, 2015 1 comment Conditioning, Nutrition
Time To Get Moving: Now

Time To Get Moving: Now

Five Ways To Start Your Fitness Program. No more procastination.  You have from six weeks to three months, depending on where you live, to get ready for snow season.  If you are a year-round sports activist, then good on you.  If you are a part-timer, weekend warrior, you probably have to start getting more diverse muscles toned up.  If you are[Read More…]

by September 30, 2015 0 comments Conditioning, Home Top Box 4
Station de ski du Semnoz offers hourly ski tickets. Huh?

Lift Tickets: An Area That Charges By The Hour?

And Other Ticket Pricing Ideas. Pre-season cocktail hour among veteran skiers often leads to talk of the new season’s pass prices. In 2001 or 2002, when Park City Mountain Resort changed its senior pass from free to $300, a flurry of letters to the editor registered collective outrage. Not to mention that even at $300, it was a great deal for a season’s pass.[Read More…]

by September 25, 2015 1 comment Features, Home Top Box 2
BD TV will show you how the back country looks and the people who go there.
Credit: BDTV

Black Diamond Introduces New Online Film Series

Exploring The Call Of Mountains Black Diamond, the climbing, skiing, mountain sports equipment and apparel manufacturer, is introducing BD TV, a new online film series. According to the company, the series is “dedicated to sharing stories from the soul of climbing and backcountry skiing.” The first season covers ski mountaineers, avalanche forecasters and hometown heroes discussing lifelong goals, alpine starts,[Read More…]

by September 24, 2015 0 comments Features
The view from the top of the world is pretty impressive in Warren Miller's new flick: Chasing Shadows
Credit: Warren Miller Entertainment

Warren Miller Does It Again: Chasing Shadows

66th Ski Film Is Designed To Inspire For The Upcoming Season. Warren Miller created the ski movie genre.  We remember the days when Warren’s movies included surfer music, sight gags and a narrator (was that Warren himself?) wise-cracking about how skiers would do almost anything to get on the mountain, including forgetting to mow their lawns (think Southern California). Now, Warren[Read More…]

by September 22, 2015 2 comments Features
A Better Wine Bottle: Growlers

A Better Wine Bottle: Growlers

A Good Idea For Apres-Ski Tailgating.   When we picnic or party, we usually carry glass wine bottles like most people do. Well, the people at fiftyfifty have come up with a better way to transport wine. It’s a double-wall, vacuum-insulated stainless steel bottle that keeps wine at the perfect temperature—all day long. What’s unusual about the container is its[Read More…]

by September 21, 2015 0 comments Accessories
Pluto:  Just a rocket ship ride away.
Credit: NASA

Skiing On Pluto?: Never Say Never

Perhaps One Of These Days. NASA spaceship New Horizon’s zoomed past Pluto in June. It’s the closest we’ve gotten to the dwarf planet. At 3,670,050,000 miles, Pluto is almost 40 times the distance from the Sun as Earth. This spectacular image shows a range of 11,000′ icy mountains. We don’t know if they might require very sharp edges to maneuver,[Read More…]

by September 21, 2015 0 comments International
Four layer system for cold weather.  Of course, there are pants.
Credit: Outdoor Gear Lab

Learn About Layering: It Will Be Cold

Some Lessons About How To Dress For Frigid. Last February, we spent a wonderful long weekend in Quebec, visiting the lovely city’s Winter Carnavale and skiing at some fabulous ski resorts (Mte. Ste. Anne, Le Massif de Charlevoix) and dining in a little village of Baie-Saint-Paul.  Delightful.  If you  ever want a Euro-type ski experience close to home, Quebec is the[Read More…]

by September 17, 2015 0 comments Features, Gear

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