Friends in Vail recently got their Covid vaccinations. Colorado is making them available to people 70 and older.

If we were in Utah where we have a place, my wife and I would be able to get shots on Monday, January 18. But we’re in NY where, over the past few days, the Governor announced that people 65+ are now eligible. Scheduling the shot is confusing. The state’s vaccination registration website listing places administering vaccine has hundreds of drugstores, hospitals and dedicated vaccine administration sites. Virtually everyplace we called had no idea when the vaccine would be available.

Eventually, one of us was able to schedule an appointment at a freestanding vaccine administration site for the end of February. We’re still searching for another time slot.

Our friends in Vail were given cards verifying they’ve been vaccinated (the first of two doses). It will be interesting to see if a more sophisticated digital system will evolve to identify who has been vaccinated. If it does, it probably will raise issues about privacy. I’m all for maintaining individual digital privacy, but I’m also aware that most Internet users reveal far too much personal  detail on Facebook and other social media platforms, often in contrast with their concerns about government knowledge of their personal lives. Articles I’ve read suggest that at one point, those of us who’ve been vaccinated will be part of a national digital registry. Eventually, when airlines and other enterprises limit access only to those who’ve been vaccinated, they’ll get that info from the registry. 

It wouldn’t surprise me if, at one point in time, that info also will be registered on your electronic ski pass…the one that provides access to the lift. When that happens, it will help determine who has access to restaurants, rental facilities, etc. That’s probably several seasons out, but don’t be surprised when it happens.

Schweitzer Mountain Fights Back

Schweitzer Mountain’s Twilight skiing suspended because of disrespectful clientele

Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint, Idaho, announced it will close its twilight skiing operations for two weekends as retribution for “…the verbal abuse…directed towards our staff as they have attempted to enforce our safety requirements…” Some customers have resisted wearing masks and social distancing.

$10,000 Reward to Identify Hit and Run Teen Skier

The collision occurred in Vail’s China Bowl on January 6. A teenage boy on skis crashed, full force, into Betty Benjamin, 74. She’s now hospitalized with a collapsed lung and all right-side ribs broken. Her brother is offering the reward. Colorado law makes it illegal for anyone involved in a ski accident in which someone is injured to leave the scene without giving name and address to an area employee or member of patrol. In a related matter, last week a panel for Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed use of waivers protecting ski resorts from lawsuits filed by people injured while skiing/boarding. It appears to be a win for the resorts, not the people who use them.

Own an Epic Pass but Unable to Use it? Read this.

This article from The New York Times explains the dilemma faced by Epic Passholders unable to cross stateliness because of Covid restrictions and and Vail’s response to the issue.

Alyeska Reports 460+”

Alyeska under the Northern Lights

Alaska’s Alyeska Resort is the first North American resort to top 400′ this season. Storms over the paset several days dumped almost 5′.

Indoor Dining Suspended at Aspen Snowmass

Pitkin County, where the resort is located will allow outside dining and takeout. The county has the second-highest Covid incidence rate in Colorado. One in 35 residents is infected.

Remember Eddie the Eagle?

He was the British ski jumper who bedazzled spectators during the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics with his barely competent but highly courageous derring-do. I’ve been thinking about Eddie’s pluck during this time of confinement. He didn’t win any medals but he inspired a world of onlookers with his grit and determination. His story was the subject of a feature film a few years ago starring Hugh Jackman. To watch the trailer, click on the picture. This brief, upbeat report about Eddie, now in his mid-50s, also is worth watching.

And Now For Something a Little Different

Chuck Patterson is a California freeskier who has graced the cover of Powder Magazine. Over the past few years, using ski boots and skis, he’s shifted from flakes to surf . Enjoy this video produced by Salomon.


  1. I believe your post about availability of Covid vaccine in Colorado is incorrect. Colorado has prioritized vaccine availability to State residents over the age of 70 (group 1B), but under that designation one must obtain vaccination in the county of one’s legal primary residence, as defined by federal tax records. One is not eligible for vaccine in a county in which you own property for part-time secondary use.

  2. Deer Valley Ski Resort has added patrol to its ski patrol to stop skiers that are endangering others by excessive speed. I personally know a ski instructor that had her back broken by a skier out of control that slammed into her. Many others have been injured by boarders and skiers not respecting a safe speed. This is a growing problem with more high speed lifts putting more people on the slopes at one time. Some safety tips are. 1. Be safe and lookup hill when crossing a slope. 2. Stop on the Side of a slope not in the middle. 3. Don’t stop below a crest of a slope where People coming down would not see you in time. 4. People downhill from you have the right of way, 5 Don’t pass people closer than about 10 feet. You can not anticipate their change of direction or your ability to avoid their sudden change of direction.. It is not the fault of a ski area for the action of others any more than the fault of a State you drive in for a high speed driver causing an accident.

  3. Debra Burns says:

    Your article about Eddie the Eagle mentioned the feature film made about him. It starred the Australian actor Hugh Jackman not Hugh Jackson as indicated in your story!

  4. Richard Kavey says:

    Collision injuries caused by reckless skiing are a very serious problem. NSP refuses to warn or pull passes – they say it’s not their job. Really!

    While coaching a group of ski racers I was standing within 5 feet of the woods – and snow making steel – when an NSP hero skied over the back of my skis almost crashing into the woods. NSP is not the solution, they are part of the problem. But, for a ski area the price is right – free! Professional, deputized patrol should be mandatory to operate a ski area. While there are some NSP members whose ability I respect, most that I know are clowns who gratify their pathological narcissism with an NSP badge.

    • Cansnowplow says:

      I don’t want a Big Brother watching over me on the trail. Nor do I want skiing to become standardized. I don’t want skiing and ski areas to become dependent on Deputy Dogg. What I want is the right to carry an aluminum baseball bat and when someone is heading for me, then they can make a split second decision of whether they want to fall down before collision to avoid the collision or get a baseball bat across the knees. This would certainly slow the assailant down, especially if they thought leave the victim, hurt or not, in order to remain unaccountable and anonymous. Maybe chukka sticks instead of a bat. Does it have to come down to this? I’d buy stock in the companies that makes knee pads and chukka sticks. I got clipped from behind the last time I went skiing. So, we are gaining more cretins out there even though ski numbers are dropping. My bike helmet has a rear view mirror that I could switch over to my ski helmet, in order to give myself a fighting chance. Maybe, I should just quit the resort skiing and just earn my turns.

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