Getting Fit, A Snowmaking Legend, Novel Gift Idea For Seniors, Ski Shows, Happy Birthday, Doug Pfeiffer.

Ski & Snowboard Expos are coming! Official start of the snow season.
Credit: BEWI Productions

The snow season has started, officially and unofficially, in different places around the country.  We urge our readers to start thinking about getting their gear out of basements and start spiffing up those skis and boots. It always pays to get those skis sharpened and bindings adjusted right about now, before crowds hit.

Here’s a cool video about the Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo coming up soon.

The Ski & Snowboard Expos are being held in Boston (11/9-12) and Denver (11/10-12).  In many ways, the coming of the shows is the point of departure for the new snow sports season.  In Boston and Denver, you can find equipment and clothing deals galore, so if you’re close by, it’s worth a trip. Click through from the banner ad on top of the page and get a $3 discount.

Birthday Boy Doug Pfeiffer, ski industry legend, and Mike Maginn, co-publisher.

It’s also the birthday for one of our favorite ski legends, Doug Pfeiffer, a pioneer in ski instruction and editor of SKIING magazine when we worked there in the early 70s. Here’s a picture of Doug and co-publisher Mike Maginn at the International Ski History Association meeting at Stowe in February this year.  Happy Birthday, Doug; you are one of our favorite Scorpios.

This week, we remind our readers that it is time to begin a shape up program for the ski season. Under the Health tab, we have several conditioning articles that will get you started, most notably, a from-easy-to-difficult set of specific exercises from physical therapist Rick Silverman.  

We have a profile of snowmaking pioneer Herman Dupre, who was an early contributor to the arcane technology of creating snow out of…air and water. Herman still hangs out at the Seven Springs Ski Resort in Western PA.  Thanks to contributor Pat McCloskey for bringing this into our pages.

Finally, talk about unusual gifts.  Correspondent Harriet Wallis has managed to discover a boutique shop in Vancouver which makes and sells a variety of beverages, bread, vinegar and other items made from Douglas Fir trees.  Clearly, this is a gift idea for the senior snow sports enthusiast who has everything.

Speaking of gift ideas, we’re looking for products you think would be appropriate for our readers—people who are active seniors, outdoor-oriented folks with an interest in fitness, socializing and adventures.  If you have any ideas, please contact [email protected]

Meanwhile, on to November.  Thanks once again for reading, tell your friends.  If you want a free, three x three sticker, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to, Box 416, Hamilton, MA 01936.  We have a bunch to give out.

And remember, there are more of us every day and we aren’t going away!

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