Finally Snow In The Sierra, Mt. Rose and The Chutes, Road Scholar Report, Product Ideas, Action Camera Reviews and All About Nordic Ski Binding Choices.

You can't see it but these folks are smiling as they skip to the lifts at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows
You can’t see it but these folks are smiling as they skip to the lifts at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows.

Thankfully this week, the snow began to fall and the temperature dip in the Northeast.  New England snow machines are making the “cold gold” and snow sport seniors are in full swing.  Meanwhile, the West has been experiencing huge dumps of snow.  Our San Francisco-based correspondent Rose Marie Cleese brings us news of the very happily snow-covered Sierras in her round-up of resort snow conditions.

Gate to a chute on Mt. Rose, double-black, steep, and fun. Credit: Pat McCloskey
Gate to the Chutes at Mt. Rose. Steepness ahead. Credit: Pat McCloskey

In another in our series of SeniorsSkiing Guides, our new contributor Pat McCloskey recounts his first trip to Mt. Rose with its challenging Chute collection of steeps. Find out how seniors can economize on the price of a day ticket.

Correspondent Steve Hines is an avid outdoorsman, Wilderness First Responder and knowledgeable REI staff person.  For seniors who are contemplating starting or returning to Nordic skiing, Steve outlines the basic kinds of bindings currently on the market and rates them in terms of “ease of use.”

SLC-based Jan Brunvand recollects his experience with ElderHostel, now Roads Scholar.  There are several different learn-and-ski Alpine and Nordic Road Scholar trips available; the groups are small, the prices reasonable and the friendship fast and firm.  Check out his past trips with the group, and, if you’ve been on one of these, tell us about it. regular correspondent Harriet Wallis was at the OR (Outdoor Retail) Show in SLC last week and scoured the floor for interesting and useful products for seniors.  She collected five good product ideas for you to contemplate.  Here’s her on-the-scene report.

Finally, we had a chance to review the TomTom Bandit action camera, the newest entry in the “stick on your helmet” field.  It has excellent optics and a cool “shake-and-edit” feature that allows you to create an instant video ready for sending to friends and family via cyberspace.

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