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SPECIAL REPORT LISTS PLACES WHERE SENIORS LEARN TO SKI AND GET DISCOUNTS ON THE SLOPES

 SPECIAL REPORT LISTS PLACES WHERE SENIORS LEARN TO SKI
 AND GET DISCOUNTS ON THE SLOPES
 RENO, Nev., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Almost any winter morning, Bob and Mimi Walker can be found on the slopes at Vail Mountain in Colorado. But on Friday mornings, they do something special: they meet visitors their own age who have come to ski or to learn how.
 Both Walkers are 62.
 On these special mornings, Bob Walker, with a lifetime of skiing behind him, escorts some of the more advanced skiers around the mountains. Mimi Walker, who took up skiing after years of being left behind by her family, is more apt to spend time with the beginners.
 It's never too late to learn to ski, the Walkers say. They see more and more seniors doing it -- and, for them, the costs of skiing are half or less of what younger skiers pay.
 Indeed, The Mature Traveler newsletter in its latest special report, "Ski Deals for 49ers+," lists almost 200 resorts and ski areas in the United States and Canada where senior skiers can get discounts during the 1992-93 season. At most of these, those more than 70 ski free.
 To get the report, send $4 to The Mature Traveler, P.O.Box 50820, Reno, NV 89513-0820. A year's subscription to The Mature Traveler monthly 12-page newsletter, which also publishes annual special reports on airfare deals and lodging deals for 49ers+, costs just $24.50. A random sample issue costs $2.
 "Some of the best ski areas on the continent, from Stowe, Vt., to Aspen, Colo., to Canada's Banff and Lake Louise, want seniors on their slopes this winter," according to Gene Malott, editor of The Mature Traveler. "And we seniors are responding to the deals they're offering. We estimate there are close to a million senior Americans who ski now."
 The Mature Traveler Special Report lists places where novice seniors can learn to ski, resorts offering special packages for senior skiers, seniors' favorite slopes and special senior skiers' clubs.
 Almost anywhere senior skiers gather, there are helpers like the Walkers to show them the slopes or help them get started on novice runs, The Mature Traveler reported -- even in Houston, where the Skiing Grandmothers take trips and sponsor entrants in Special Olympics skiing events. At Alta ski area in Utah, for example, the Wild Old Bunch intercepts visiting senior skiers and shows them around.
 One day three years ago the Walkers met a woman on the mountain whose 70-year-old husband had never skied. With their encouragement, he took some lessons and now returns to enjoy the intermediate runs.
 The Walkers remember a 70-year-old woman who had skied with them once. She got back on skis after having a total hip replacement. Now she's a ski instructor at Arrowhead, another Colorado resort.
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 /CONTACT: Adele Malott of The Mature Traveler, 702-786-7419/ CO: The Mature Traveler ST: Nevada IN: PUB LEI SU:


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