Originally Posted by sibhusky
I ask myself the same question every year on Day 1.... So far, at the end of the day, I decide "no". I'll be 60 this season. As for fitness, I do precisely ZIP during the off season and I survive. Now, this year because last year the first week was so darn hard, I am trying to walk a mile or two every day from now until the season starts. We'll see how that goes. My normal routine is to just ski myself into shape.
I talked with a ski instructor at Crystal the year before last who basically said the same thing. He's had friends try all kinds of pre-season training and he maintains the best workout for skiing is skiing.
I started skiing at about 12-13, went up with my ski patrol dad every weekend. Then as an adult, college, work, a special needs kid and a non-skiing spouse all conspired to keep me off the slopes more than once every 5 years.
Fast forward to 2 1/2 years ago. A friend took up skiing in her mid-40's and wanted some one to go with her. At 47, I pull out my old Raichle Rx-8's and Dynastar Freestyle 190's. Just fell in love with skiing again, and also it was fun skiing with a relative newbie who exhibited that enthusiasm for a new world opening up. I demoed a few pairs of shaped skis (some of them turned waaayyy too easily). Next year (2009/10), I bought new Full Tilt boots and K2 Apache Outlooks and went up skiing every weekend.
Last year, sadly, I broke my leg No epic snow season for me +
Now, at 49 I'm soooo pumped to ski again . I have no doubt that I will be charging hard, once I'm confident my titanium-reinforced leg can take it. The "can I handle this" question is more specific: can I do jumps and cliffs? do I want to try park & pipe? venture into backcountry?
Originally Posted by mtcyclist
You're as young or as old as you feel. I never skied more than a few times a year until I started volunteering with an adaptive ski program 6 years ago. I turned 67 last week and I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of this season's boots at the local shops because I need new ones. Two years ago I got my PSIA certification and started teaching. Last year I got a pair of Icelantic Shamans and haven't stopped grinning. Last year I finally started skiing double black runs and for a good part of last season was searching for powder, glades and bumps in isolated areas of Red Lodge Mountain. I keep myself in shape in the off season by road biking, mountain biking and backpacking.
So, how young or old do you feel?
Thanks for this post. I keep thinking that I might want to instruct as well. Good for you for work with adaptive ski programs. These are the heroes IMHO.