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    Kiss your sweet pass goodbye

    Kiss your sweet pass goodbye

    Do active old people—those who hike, bike, ski and get about outdoors—think of themselves as self-reliant, fiscal conservatives? Do they see themselves as people who are proud to pay their fair share?   Probably not. Or they shouldn’t, if they do.   We’re not talking about Social Security or Medicare here. (Yes, those programs do...
    Amazon wants your money, oldster

    Amazon wants your money, oldster

    Jeff Bezos has built Amazon, the web’s premier online retailer. He’s recovered Apollo engines from the bottom of the ocean. He’s building a spaceship. And now, because he’s a man who loves a challenge, he’s setting up an on-line store for seniors.   The problem with this business model should be obvious:   Current Amazon...
    Go south, old (broke) man

    Go south, old (broke) man

    Retiring abroad! It’s like tacking a dragon’s tail onto the withered hindquarters of that 9-to-5 life you led for 40 years.   See, you say to your kids, I still thirst for adventure. See, I’m willing to negotiate back alleys in a tropical city where no one speaks my language, just to eat at a...
    Does the Forest Service hate the President?

    Does the Forest Service hate the President?

    Last week, the U.S. Forest Service trumpeted  the news that it would be offering four fee-free days in 2013. This is dandy, but not as dandy as it sounds, for two reasons.   First, “fees are not charged on 98 percent of national forests and grasslands, and approximately two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national...
    Is skiing an old person’s sport?

    Is skiing an old person’s sport?

    Young snowboarders were once considered the saviors of the ski industry. Without that influx of stoked shredders (the reasoning went), the mountains would have reverted to empty, windswept wastelands. Abandoned chairlifts rusting in the thin mountain air. The Boomers who had built the industry in the 60s and 70s were now too old and feeble....
    If you love America, go skiing.

    If you love America, go skiing.

    Remember after 9/11, when George Bush advised America to go shopping? For the good of the country and the economy. Because purchasing power is power, after all. And power should be exercised. Against the terorists.   (Sidebar: You don’t need Don Draper to sell this message; most Americans accepted it intuitively. If your way of...
    Saturday mash-up: May 5, 2012

    Saturday mash-up: May 5, 2012

    Yes, yes. A day late. But what is time if life is an eternity? You are exhausted with special events—Tax Day, National Parks Week, Derby Day—so you may have failed to notice that May is Older Americans Month. You should go to the web site, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration...
    Saturday mash-up: March 31, 2012

    Saturday mash-up: March 31, 2012

    Whenever there’s a pile of items that accumulate over the week and we can’t get around to individual pieces on each one, we throw them into a bin like this, which we previously called a stew and then a hash. This time we’re call it a mash-up, which seems like another food metaphor but less...
    Thanks, Echo Mountain, for the 12 years of free skiing

    Thanks, Echo Mountain, for the 12 years of free skiing

              Skiing is expensive and we are cheap, so we invest a certain amount of time tracking discounts, deals and freebies accorded gray-bearded  customers by ski resorts around the country. (We also notice when someone dramatically increases the prices on olds.)  Thankfully, online ski magazine First Tracks!! has put together a...
    Your National Park Service announces fee-free days for 2012

    Your National Park Service announces fee-free days for 2012

              If you are 62 (or older) and sane, this won’t apply to you, because you already have your $10 lifetime pass for the most astonishing collection of natural wonders on the planet.*  For everyone else, the National Park Service has announced a deal that is not quite as unbeatable but...
    Colorado’s Powderhorn Ski Resort tweaks the cost of its senior pass. By 400 percent.

    Colorado’s Powderhorn Ski Resort tweaks the cost of its senior pass. By 400 percent.

                  The operators of Colorado’s Powerhorn Ski Resort used to offer older skiers (those over 70) a season pass for $75, which was ridiculously cheap. For the coming season, the price was bumped up…if 400 percent constitutes a bump. The new price will be $329 (although 75-year-olds can still...
    Is it too early in the season to write about old people skiing?

    Is it too early in the season to write about old people skiing?

                        No, it is not.  We’ve seen some interesting changes in gear (which we’ll address in the near future) but for now we’re paying attention to the ever-escalating cost of senior tickets. Not that many years ago, ski hills would give a free ticket to any...