Responses To Reader Surveys Indicate That Finding Boots That Fit And Perform Correctly Is A Challenge. And 25% Of Readers Plan To Purchase New Boots.

Two of our advertisers can help.

America’s Best has a host of useful boot-related information, including the names of ski shops where highly trained fitters are available to get you the best fitting boots.

Apex Ski Boot System is a relatively new concept in ski boots delivering comfort and performance through a combination of three components: 1) an exoskeleton offering customizable flex, superior stability, and precise edge control; 2) a snowboard-like boot that provides comfort and warmth, and 3) a heat-molded custom-fit liner. The system uses the Boa® reel and stainless steel cable lacing system allowing the wearer to precisely control fit. I skied an earlier generation of the Apex and was impressed by its support, comfort, and infinite adjustability. They’re also great for simply walking around without the hassle of conventional ski boots. Apex boots are available in ski shops and online. The Apex website does a fine job of explaining the product.

Another advertiser has a great gift for the Senior Skier on your list. DeBooter is the elegantly simple ski boot jack for removing conventional ski boots effortlessly and painlessly. I carry one in my SUV. Those who use it absolutely love it! Click on the DeBooter ad to reach the product site. $39.95


The Amtrak Winter Park Express will offer expanded service for the new season. The train leaves from Union Station (downtown Denver) and drops passengers within a few steps of the lifts. It will operate Saturdays and Sundays, January 5 through March 25, plus on the first Friday of each month.

New and expanded flights to/from Colorado’s eight regional airports for the season:

  • Steamboat: new nonstops from Austin (AUS) and Kansas City (MCI) on ViaAir into Steamboat/Hayden (HDN) airport beginning Dec. 13.  Steamboat now direct air service to 14 major U.S. airports.
  • Aspen Snowmass: new daily nonstops through American Airlines from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and expanded service from both Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW) and Chicago O’ Hare (ORD).
  • Telluride: increased access through new American Airlines direct Saturday flights into Montrose-Telluride Regional Airport (MTJ) from Charlotte Douglas International (CLT) and Delta’s new flights from Salt Lake City (SLC) Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
  • Three daily non-stop flights from DEN via Boutique Air  (round-trips as low as $100) to Alamosa San Luis Valley (ALS) providing closer access to Telluride, Silverton, Purgatory and Wolf Creek..


Ogden-Hinkley Airport, serviced by Allegiant Air, is adding Thursday through Monday flights from Los Angeles (LAX) and Las Vegas (LAS). Prices start at $35 each way. A terrific way to get closer to Snowbasin, Powder Mountain, and back country operator, Whisper Ridge.

Snowbird’s Cliff Spa has undergone a massive renovation. The rooftop outdoor pool and hot tub were upgraded with radiant heated decks and gas-fed fire pits. The spa’s interior also got a makeover.

Alta has a new co-ed Breakthrough Camp for intermediates ready to reach a higher level. The package includes four nights lodging at the Alta Lodge, full breakfast and dinner daily, three days of instruction with top coaches from Alta’s Alf Engen Ski School, lift tickets and demo skis.

Staying in Salt Lake City? The Ski City Super Pass provides unrestricted access to Alta, Snowbird, Brighton and/or Solitude. Can be purchased for three to 10 days of skiing.  Includes ski bus to and from resorts. Priced by number of days purchased.

Ski3 Pass ($157) – This new, fully loaded pass includes a full day of skiing at Snowbasin, Powder Mountain plus a full day and night skiing at Nordic Valley with the purchase of two or more nights at participating hotels in Ogden:


For the first time, 70+ Ski Club is organizing a ski trip to Japan. Dates: March 21 – April 1. Visit the 70+ Ski Club site for more information. I came across this video about skiing in northern Japan. Watch it and visit 70+.

Pre-Season Training? Consider the SkiA Ski Trainer, a unique dry-land training device, for use with ski boots. The Trainer is used by thousands of skiers, and recommended by professional skiers and racers, leading ski schools, and national ski instructor organisations worldwide. More info and pricing:


  1. John Mahlberg says:

    Have you considered trying to negotiate a discount for subscribers on the SkiA Ski Trainer ? I would be Very interested, as I’m sure many senior skiers would be too!

    P.S. I just ordered a DeBooter and really appreciated receiving the 20%

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