Find Ski Buddies, Ski For Free, More Gizmo Gift Ideas, Mt. Bachelor’s Appeal, New Backcountry Area Open and Short Swings!

We have some terrific news for all readers of  Through our reader surveys, we know that many readers are looking for skiing companions.  We thought of different ways to fill that need from boosting our FORUM to literally individually matching people who wrote in to us. Finally, we came up with a much better idea.

We’ve formed a relationship with the National Ski Council Federation which is an umbrella agency of regional ski councils comprised of hundreds of local ski clubs.  That means you can look up a ski club near you, go on a group outing or trip to a distant resort, join, make friends, and transform your outdoor winter experience. We think this is a really important addition to the value we bring to our readers, and it is available to anyone who comes to our site; you don’t have to be a subscriber to access the NSCF page which is under the COMMUNITY menu pick.

But, as a reminder, we’ve just created a Subscriber-Only area which contains valuable information that we’ve worked hard to compile and produce.  The Subscriber-Only menu can be found from the top navigation menu.  Go to COMMUNITY, and in the drop-down you will find a menu pick.  You will be asked to confirm your email address.  No Password! You will then have access to…

  • Our list of skis recommended just for seniors developed in collaboration with
  • An inventory of 108 ski resorts that offer FREE skiing to seniors, thanks to the help of the National Ski Areas Association
  • Instructions for accessing and signing up with Experticity, a portal to many deep discounts on top gear and clothing brands specifically targeted to our readers
  • A downloadable, 16-page historic ski poster collection we curated with the support of the International Ski History Association.

Look for more Subscriber-Only content coming soon.

Where Seniors Can Ski For Free

We’ve just posted the 2016-2017 list of 108 ski areas in the US where seniors can ski for free. This is a Subscriber-Only asset, and you can find it under COMMUNITY. As with last year’s list, please be sure to check with the ski resort to ensure the listing is accurate. Some areas start as early as 60 while free skiing for others starts at 80+.

Last Minute Gizmo Gifts

Washington, DC, based correspondent Val E brings us some highly practical gift  ideas for connecting with people when you’re in back bowls, back country or remote trails. Did you know a low-cost device can add local texting and location capabilities to your SmartPhone even out of cell-tower range?

Luxury Yurts In Backcountry

Speaking of backcountry, correspondent Harriet Wallis provides you with an overview of Whisper Ridge, a brand new Cat skiing area opening this season in Utah.  Aside from the 100 square miles of skiing, the new resort features lodging in luxury yurts. And we mean luxury.

Mt. Bachelor A Friend To Senior Skiers

Finally, Seattle-based correspondent John Nelson introduces us to Mt. Bachelor in our first official Resort Review of the season.  Mt. Bachelor is opening a new lift this weekend, check out the view.  Also, John met up with a 98 year old skier who continues to make turns on what he says is a “darn good mountain.”

Bernie Weichsel Honored

We also want to highlight Bernie Weichsel, a Advisory Council member and snow sports industry leader.  Bernie was honored with a lifetime achievement award by YES (Youth Enrichment Services), a Boston-based organization that provides opportunities for outdoor adventures for urban youth.

Next week, we’ll be looking at a return of the Ski Trains of yore, why guided skiing makes sense, some holiday fun and other stuff.

As usual, please tell your friends about us.  There are more of us every day, and we aren’t going away.

Credit: Parents Magazine



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