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post #31 of 40

Welcome to the site.

And welcome back to Calgary!


I learned to ski in Calgary, then moved away for a bit...but I am back doing the weekend thing now. Definitely happy to be so close to the Rockies!


I am sure that you will be happy with your decision as well.


Sunshine and Lake Louise are still great resorts. Both would have changed a bit since you last saw them....opening a lot of steep terrain.


Be sure to check out Castle and Kicking Horse as well. They are both within day-trip distance and they get more snow than the Banff resorts.

post #32 of 40
Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post

I suggest ask a bunch of strangers on an internet ski forum what you are capable of...........rolleyes.gif


If you were a good skier before, you have what it takes to return to it, though it may take some redevelopment of your ski legs.


Don't listen to people recommending lessons when they have never seen you ski. This site is made up largely of terminal intermediates and instructors, one group is lost without lessons, and the other is unemployed without them. Some like parroting cookie cutter wisdom so they will have something to say.


Go skiing, and if you experience troubles that don't relate to conditioning, then maybe take lessons, but I expect time on the snow will bring you back to awareness of what to do, and the increased bodily awareness, of a more mature mind, will give you insights into technique that didn't occur to you when you were younger. The skills are in you, go skiing and find them.


Oh, and go hiking, or biking regularly until the snow falls to get those legs used to continued exertion.

my thoughts exactly...lessons lol....skip the lessons and get a lift ticket and see how u do...ill betcha get right back into the flow like i did...i also took quite a while off from skiing after being an advanced/expert and while rusty my first few days out i got right back into the groove of it after 5 days or so...and really back into the groove after 10 days...i gotta agree though the hardest part is conditioning...i found getting to the offpiste alot tougher then it used to be so now i just start working harder earlier to be prepared for my outwest trips...if your stickin to the groomers...dont worry bout it as much ....its the hiking that gets ya...gl and hf!
post #33 of 40
Thread Starter 

I would like to thank everyone very much for responding to this thread. I found everything said to be very inspirational. I felt like I should be able to achieve my former level of ability, but now, after reading all this... there is not a doubt in my mind. You are all a credit to the sport, thank you once again for everything. I wish everyone the best in the coming season.

post #34 of 40

At 60+ I use a little caution because although "I'm as good as I once was- once", I suspect that things tend to not stretch as far before breaking.

post #35 of 40
Originally Posted by wooley12 View Post

At 60+ I use a little caution because although "I'm as good as I once was- once", I suspect that things tend to not stretch as far before breaking.

At our age it also takes longer to heal.  I basically lost the entire 2009-10 season due to complications from a poorly done surgical repair of a ruptured achilles tendon and wearing ski boots ranged from barely tolerable to excruciating.


post #36 of 40
Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

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 eek.gif No epic snow season for me frown.gif + hissyfit.gif


Now, at 49 I'm soooo pumped to ski again yahoo.gif. 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 View Post

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.


post #37 of 40

I skied once between the ages of 34 and 52. Now I'm 60 and I've skied every season since then. Once I decided to get back in shape it wasn't a big deal. I still strap on a pair of short skis for a couple of ballet runs each ski day. As long as I can walk, I plan to be able to ski.

post #38 of 40

Skier 1, oh! to be 44 again. I'm 85 & skied 103 days last season. Not my best year but still a decent one.

Still able to get 20,000 vert. in most days. I find that skiing is the only way I can get back in shape. I start

the season on blues for the first runs in the morning & gradually move to more advanced slopes. There's

no question that at the end of the day my quads are burning. The second day is the most difficult with

still some aches but they disappear gradually.

Glad to hear you will be out this year & wishing you the best of everything.

post #39 of 40

^^^ You are my hero, Sir.

post #40 of 40

I'll jump on the lesson bandwagon quickly - and mostly in response to volantaddict and Shaggy. As a strong skier, these guys are right: you probably won't have any problems jumping on your new equipment (even after years) and doing fine -- hell, maybe even great. However, one of the most common injuries in people coming from straight skis to *ahem* current skis is knee injuries. If you are concerned about your age, current athletic ability, stamina, etc., the lesson might not be a bad plan. Get someone to give you some brief instruction on bending your skis as opposed to stemming so that you're not surprised by what skis can do now. Again, it seems like you were a strong skier and will be again. However, I wouldn't bet MY knees on it . . .

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