Finale: Park City Top To Bottom, Chile Preview, Oz Look Ahead, Question for You, Season Wrap, Season Weather Summary, Adios For A While.

The end of the season is upon us.  This will be the last regular weekly edition of SeniorsSkiing.com for the 2020-21 season. And so ends our seventh year of publishing.  This is our finale edition.

It has been a season to remember for all of us, and we, the publishers, are certainly filled with lasting memories of this uncertain and stress-filled year. Here’s a look back on this incredible, indelible experience.

What We Are Proud Of.

When we stopped publishing weekly issues in April 2020, we were on the cusp of bringing the results of our inquiry into ski accidents suffered by seniors to the skiing public, resorts, associations, media, and regulators.  We found in our Incidents And Accidents series that seniors felt apprehensive, angry, defensive in many situations involving out-of-control schuss boomers seemingly not held accountable for their behavior. This led us to propose a number of changes that the industry could adapt to promote on-hill safety. The easiest, we thought, was to revise the Skier’s Code of Responsibility to include a few additional rules that would reflect how to avoid collisions and what to do if they occurred. All solid ideas and recommendations.

And then COVID took away the momentum from what we felt was an important initiative for skiers and the ski business.  We’d like to bring Incidents and Accidents back into focus and re-cue the initiative to update the Skier’s Code of Responsibility. That story is far from over.

Looking back, we had great reader response to our Question For You series. You contributed wonderful comments on topics as diverse as CBD use, adjusting to COVID, sharing houses, joint replacement advice, best restaurants, and more. Some of you wrote essays to respond to these questions, informing and advising your fellow readers, and revealing the amount of real expertise and experience in our readership.  The Question For You series became the forum of the SeniorsSkiing.com community, confirming the value that our online magazine brings to its readers.

When COVID cast a shadow on Alpine skiing, we added focus to alternative forms of winter sports. The Make More Tracks series started last October. We created a Resource Guide to XC, snow shoeing, and fat biking. We devoted one edition in October to all Make More Tracks stories, and we published one Make More Tracks article in each weekly edition. We were following the predictable trend of growing interest and participation in these sports, and it seems to have been the right choice.  Ski shops were selling out of XC skis and back country gear even before the snow got serious. We knew that our readers enjoyed being outdoors in the winter, and Make More Tracks was another way to do it in these unusual times. The primary writers and editors for this series were Roger Lohr and Jonathan Wiesel, deeply knowledgeable experts in all aspects of cross-country skiing.

We are also very proud of our regular correspondents, some of whom have been with SeniorsSkiing.com since the beginning. Harriet Wallis is a venerable journalist, and, despite some personal challenges which she faced with grace and courage, managed to contribute to our editorial.  Tamsin Venn, another professional, offered both stories and editorial production support when we really needed it.  Articles by Karen Lorentz about ski resort founders and by Jan Brunvand whose six-part history of his skiing career brought us back into the formative days of this sport. Marc Liebman is our go-to guy for stories about practical matters like how to demo skis, making ski testing objective, or what to pack in a car emergency pack. Pat McCloskey, a ski instructor and multi-sport enthusiast, writes inspiring stories about his skiing and cycling experiences with friends he has known for decades. Don Burch has contributed a series of extraordinary video productions that he calls “Ski Art”, depicting dramatic and sometimes abstract images of ski experiences, creating a whole new genre that we hope he keeps pursuing. We are also extremely lucky to have Herb Stevens, the original Skiing Weatherman, contribute weekly forecasts and commentary on snow conditions across the country. Herb has certainly educated all of us about how highs and lows, ridges and troughs impact the weather coming our way.  Evelyn Kanter, a real journalism pro, offered on-the-spot stories of COVID defenses at various resorts and other stories. Yvette Cardozo filled out our cast of regulars with articles about restaurants, COVID, and sleigh rides at winter resorts.

We are also very lucky to have three regular international correspondents who offered articles that broadened our coverage and perspectives. Bob Trueman is a ski coach from Wales who has offered some thought-provoking articles about how to think about making arcs and then doing them. He also provided an excellent first-timers guide to skiing in Europe. Dave Chambers is a well-traveled Australian whose whimsical and unusual descriptions of his adventures in Canada, Japan, and Europe brought a whole new dimension to our magazine. Casey Earle is based in Chile and reports on skiing in the Andes, for some a dream destination and distinctly different from what most seniors are used to.

We are proud of our Best Boots For Seniors and Best Skis For Seniors, always valuable to our readers at the beginning of the season. Best Boots is produced with support from MasterFit, and Best Skis with Realskier.com. Our new Top To Bottom series, allowing readers to take a vicarious vacation at resorts around the world was positively received.

And, yes, we’re proud of our Snow In Literature feature, offered as bibleots to our readers. So, we can say that we’ve have Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Linda Pastan, and Ernest Hemingway on the pages of SeniorsSkiing.com.  Hope you enjoyed these little bon-bons.

Finally, we are proud and gratified that so many readers responded to our fundraiser. It means a lot to the publishers to realize that so many of you support what we are doing.

What We Could Have Done Better.

We thought our readers would flock to our new Classified Ads section. You didn’t. Oh well.

We also didn’t publish our annual directory of where seniors could ski for free or almost free. But we have an explanation. Getting accurate data from resort websites in late summer and early fall was nigh impossible because of COVID confusion.

We also blame COVID for not identifying our Trailmasters, those readers who skied their age or more in the season. The shortened season cut out many readers who do most of their skiing in the spring. So it wasn’t a proper sample.

Onwards To Summer.

This week’s article is a bit longer than usual. We had a lot of thanks and acknowledgements to offer.

At this time of the year, the virus that has dominated our lives and habits for more than a year is changing, perhaps for the better.  Change is in the air.  And change is also facing SeniorsSkiing.com. Nothing unusual, though; nothing is constant but change.

See you down the road.

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12 Comments

  1. Thank you for all you do! You provide an invaluable service to all skiers who are over 50, but still skiing, and trying every day to make the leaderboard, even with a knee replacement.
    Even during this pandemic year, have enjoyed reading about everyone’s skiing experience. Thank you and keep up the good and noble work.
    Happy *ski* trails,!

  2. Avatar Lou Vigorita says:

    Due to Covid we skipped this season. First time in 60 years I didn’t ski and it didn’t feel good. Thanks for senior skiing to keep me in vicarious touch with the sport I so love. There’s always next year.

  3. Avatar Dan Luneau says:

    Thank you for all your efforts to provide the senior community with the valuable information about our beloved sport.
    Looking forward to future editions.

  4. Avatar Michael Goldman says:

    Herb Steven’s weather column is terrific and I hope he will continue next year

  5. I have enjoyed reading your weekly articles this season. I’ve especially liked the top to bottom runs videos. Thank you for keeping us all going virtually until we can hit the slopes next year.

  6. Avatar Richard Kavey says:

    Thank you for your great publication! I look forward to its arrival and read voraciously – no, wait, that’s the doughnut.

    Your choice of subjects is excellent and with the series on ski accidents screamingly important. As a physician and a ski coach I have good perspective on this subject and would appreciate being part of your editorial discussions on this subject. I attempted to address this a decade ago with a study of accident rates but was poleaxed by the industry which refused to release accident data to me.

    I don’t think revising the Skiers Responsibility Code is useful: the current code is ok, it just isn’t enforced. The major utility of the Code is to reduce ski area operators liability. Like the constitution of the USSR it’s a wonderful document that serves as lipstick on the proverbial pig.

    Threading the eye of this needle requires reigning in reckless skiing which endangers others: I would ignore those who endanger only themselves, and am prepared to distribute Darwin Awards. Perhaps areas should once again provide Standard Races: downhill races open to the skiing public on a closed, netted trail. Alternatively a closed speed skiing venue with a timing trap. In these venues the aspiring Bode Miller’s and Lindsey Vaughns would not be endangering others.

  7. Avatar bruce boeder says:

    Thanks for publishing this!!

  8. Many thanks for a job well done. I especially love the ski trail video’s. When I learn to use my video equipment I will try to post one.

  9. Avatar Cristina Staats says:

    I missed the comments about joint replacements. I skied this year, with two new knees. I was scared that i would have a bad accident. I had a couple of minor ones but wonder if anyone has any ideas of how to keep those fast skiers and boarders away from you–to give you wide berth, as they say?? I am thinking of wearing an orange blaze bib that says something–not sure what yet–to alert folks coming at you to stay away!! Any ideas would be helpful for next season.

  10. Avatar Martin Greenberg says:

    I thought that you were saying that this is the last issue. I hope that I misunderstood as I really enjoyed your articles. I am still skiing at 85.
    Martin Greenberg

  11. Avatar Elisabeth Blythe Bertrand says:

    Thank you! I just found Senior Skiing this winter and have appreciated reading your articles. I had a skiing related back surgery at the beginning of 2020 and so participated vicariously in most of the season. Reading Senior Skiing helped to get me back on the slopes at the end of the season.

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