Earlier this week a request to support SeniorsSkiing.com showed up in your email. We really need your donations. This is our fifth publishing year and only the second time we’ve made the request.

When we started, Mike and I decided that this labor of love should be free. What we’ve learned is that publishing weekly throughout the season requires a lot of effort and a considerable amount of money. Our editorial contributors are just that…contributors. Advertisers cover some expenses, but as our free publication grows, so do a variety of back office costs. That’s why we’re asking for your help.

To put it in context, some years ago I noticed a lot of older skiers on the hill. That was before I came to understand that one in five skiers and boarders in the U.S. are 52 and older. It was the same wherever I went, especially mid-week. Lift conversations informed me that older skiers had similar interests. As for areas, they wanted to know more than just the best places to huck cliffs. Their interests in equipment were different from those of younger skiers. Many had concerns about medical conditions and forms of recovery. They were curious about contemporaries doing interesting things.

That was the seed. Getting it planted and nourishing it into existence became a collaboration, first with my old college buddy Mike Maginn, and then with the members of our Advisory Council and with our contributors.

To our knowledge, there’s no other ongoing source of information serving the older skier/boarder/snowshoer community. SeniorsSkiing.com exists to advance your interests by publishing relevant and useful information, encouraging an engaged online community, and advocating on your behalf.

When we started our total number of subscribers could be counted on two hands. By the end of this season, SeniorsSkiing.com will have registered between 250,000 and 300,000 page views. Most of you are located in the U.S. and Canada, but there are many from the EU, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. A few of you are located in Latin America, China, and Japan.

Wherever you are, if you enjoy reading SeniorsSkiing.com and having access to our special features such as the annual listing of North American areas and resorts where seniors ski free and the annual report on the best skis for older skiers, among others, please consider making a donation. In return, we’ll send you a gift and enter your name into a drawing for a pair of retro, bamboo, Panda Poles. To donate, click here.

New York Times Skiing Op-ED

A Feb 2 Opinion piece titled “Why Can’t Rich People Save Winter?” in The New York Times is generating buzz in the ski world. Written by Porter Fox, author and former editor at Powder Magazine, the article suggests that if wealthy skiers coordinate their money and influence, it might change climate and environmental policies. To be fair, most of the article describes industry initiaitives, including those announced last week during the annual Snow Show trade meeting in Denver. The piece states that there are 50 billionaires with homes in Aspen (a link shows who they are). Reader comments range from critical to skeptical.

R.I.P. Peter Keelty

Peter Keelty, skier extrordinaire.

Peter Keelty was one of the country’s finest skiing stylists and technicians. When SeniorsSkiing.com got underway, he called and invited me to meet him at Alta. I had no idea of who he was, but I could tell he was intelligent and passionate about the sport. We skied together three or four times. I learned that he and Jackson Hogen were the founders of Realskiers.com, that he had grown up in northern Vermont, and that, as Jackson confirmed this week, he was devoted to improving technique in others. The last time we met he brought a pair of Anton skis for my use. As I recall they were relatively short and the binding system made me feel like I was skiing on a stepladder. His goal was to get me way up on my edges; a place where I didn’t feel comfortable. Last season I noticed he had made a few comments on the site. Earlier this week, Peter Keelty joined other great skiers and contributors to the sport on the Endless Slope in the Sky. He was 76.

Utah Powder

Ski Utah just announced that the Wasatch resorts received 5’ in four days. The email said the dump resulted in a shortage of snorkels.

Pico Peak Hosts Blind and Visually Impaired Skiers

More than 35 blind or visually impaired athletes will learn to ski or learn to race this weekend with Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports at the 12th anniversary of the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) Winter Ski Festival at Pico Mountain.

Epic Adds  Two

Sun Valley (ID) and Snowbasin (UT) will be on the 2019-20 Epic Pass. The number of days at each depends on the Epic Pass purchased. Visit https://www.epicpass.com for more.

Picture Perfect Colorado

Colorado Ski Country USA took the creative approach of announcing the best place to take a scenic photograph at each of it’s member resorts. They include Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Snowmass, Cooper, Copper Mountain, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Granby Ranch, Howelsen Hill, Kendall Mountain, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Purgatory, Silverton, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park, and Wolf Creek. Click here  for specifics.

Join Us in the Alps

Join us the week of March 10 when we ski in the Aosta Valley with guides from AlpskitourEach day, we’ll go to a different resort in Italy, Switzerland and France. The all-inclusive price — $4,500 to $5,500 per person– depends on where you fly to and whether you stay in a 3 or 5 star hotel. Orsden is a sponsor and giving a parka to each participant. If interested, email me: [email protected].

2 Comments

  1. I most happily send you $50, in the hope that your on-line mag can overcome any financial ‘moguls’ in the way!!

    I have long been wistful at the thought of a publication where we ski-mad Baby Boomers, etc. might connect with others. (Others who won’t stare in disbelief as I join the lift line in my beloved one-piece ski suit!!! LOL! )

    I despair that all skiers are now indistinguishable in their ‘uniform’ bright jackets with ‘fun’ contrasting ski pants!! And, add on the helmets……….and the ski brigade starts to look as if they make up a ‘Troop’ of some sort. 😀 (Not that I don’t understand the need for ‘helmets’—although I made it through 50 years and somehow survived in my thick wool ski hats….)

    And don’t even mention the fun of goggles over glasses PLUS that helmet. And, then, the fun of trying to recognize faces!

    However! I don’t want to live in the past (yes, I do)—and I do like that skiing has become more accessible to others.

    But the joy of finding a publication that can ‘speak’ to my generation (early 70’s) and who can remember the entire ski experience nostalgically—as it ‘was’—is as warm as an old-fashioned Hot Buttered Rum!!

    I look forward to reading all about both the ‘new’ and the ‘old’. (And I still voraciously search for the introduction of the world’s most “fits-all” ski boot—a skier’s medical marvel”, shall we call it, say, “The “Lange BS “Bunny Slipper” Model”— for cranky feet. Ha!

    Good luck for happy skiing and for the prosperity of this terrific magazine! You do an excellent job!

    Thanks, Lynn

  2. I complete d the donation info fo $50.00 but am not sure it went through. If not, please notify me.

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