50 year old Australian to ski again after 25yr break
All of my experience is southern hemisphere I did my early skiing at Perisher and Thredbo in Australia as a teenager and once I had reached solid intermediate level we went to New Zealand where the hills are steeper and higher. Did the south island skiied Mt Hutt and Queenstown over three weeks the first year then Mt Hutt and Treble Cone where we heli skiied for 4 days because of poor resort snow.
I then spent the next year (1986) on the Mountain staff at Perisher where I skiied every day. I used a pair of Blizzard Thermo 200cm saloam skis for work and Blizzard 210cm GS skis for play.
There are 4 of us all about the same age although one has continued to ski he is the only one that remained single?
We have decided to ski again and looks like we going to Whistler Blackcomb in 2013.
We will no doubt do a weekend in Australia to iron out the bugs but that may turn into a beer fest if there is no snow.
I dont have any gear ( new ) so what do I get thinking of getting most gear in Vancouver or at Whistler we are planning for a month stay. I will be having lessons for the first couple of days to get back into the groove.
I learnt to stay forward on the saloam skis back a little on the GS skis especially in fresh snow is this approach still warranted with todays shorter skis.
Whats the go for Whistler Blackcomb if warranted I will hire Powder specific skis so I am looking for ski that will suit the other likely conditions. I do not classify myself as aggressive skier I would like to ski the trees if thats available as well as the frontside and I feel sure that the one in our party who is more experienced will proceed to take us to the highest steepest bit he can find and push us all off. ( he must be mad he wants to go Revelstoke )
So I require a good boot fitter preferably in Whistler and some idea on skis.