Jules Older, Ph.D.     




is a writer, videographer, broadcaster, speaker, consultant, and editor.

For 12 years he was editor-in-chief of Ski Press Canada and Ski Press USA. Jules' commentaries have been broadcast on Vermont Public Radio, KALW and KQED. He's been the Australian Broadcasting Company's psychology commentary and Radio New Zealand's "IT Guy in San Francisco."

His academic articles have appeared in leading medical and social-science journals in five countries; his topical and travel articles in U.S., British, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand newspapers and magazines. 

He's writen for Skiing, Powder, Ski Area Management and Cross Country  Skier. In New Zealand, he's written for  the Listener, Air New Zealand, Destinations North and South, and Beattie's Book Blog. In San Francisco, Jules as written for several desks at the San Francisco Chronicle and has been the paper's main ski columnist, AJA Slope Dope.

These  include the London, New York, Los Angeles and Washington Times, the Guardian (London), GEO (Germany), Hemispheres, USAir Magazine and Norwest Airlines Magazine. He's written for  SKIING, Powder, Ski Area Management and Cross Country Skier. In New Zealand, he's written for the Listener, Air New Zealand, Destinations, North & South, and Beattie's Book Blog.

Photo by Effin Older 

Jules writes for the YourLifeIsaTrip.com website and has written regionally as well for Boston, San Francisco, Vermont, Yankee, AAA and other magazines.

Jules has been a college counselor, psychology professor, medical educator, disc jockey, ski instructor, and for one brief month of intense pleasure, a villain on television.

For adults, Jules wrote Touching Is Healing, Ski Vermont!, Cross-Country Skiing for Everyone, Backroad & Offroad Biking and the Pakeha Papers.




Jules has written two dozen children's books. His books, articles, videos and psychological work have won awards here and abroad, including Canada's Northern Lights Award and the Harold Harold Hirsch Award For Excellence in Snowsports Writing.

The video, Tales from the Mountain, for which he and Effin Older wrote the screenplay, co-won the Grand Prize at the International Ski Film Festival in Crested Butte, Colorado and won the Vermont Travel and Tourism Recognition of Excellence for Film and Video.

At the University of Vermont, he won the Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Excellence in Teaching for his "Writing for Real" course. His children's book, COW, (Charlesbridge Publishing) was named a "Pick of the Lists" by the American Booksellers Association. Snowmobile was named a Junior Library Guild Selection.

Jules is director of rivetingtalks.com, consulting for individuals and firms who want to make their presentations more... riveting.

Jules and Effin
have created two apps: San Francisco Restaurants (an Apple Staff Favorite) and Auckland Insider. Jules has published three ebooks: Skiing the Edge, Death by Tartar Sauce and Take Me Home.

Since 2009, the Olders have been creating short videos, mostly about traveling, skiing. eating and do-gooding. A special selection is on the Minimovies page on this website (click below) or they can all be seen on YouTube.




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