The following post is from a couple years ago. What other tips or stories do you have for those who discover the fun of sliding down a snowy slope on downhill skis after age 40 or 50 or older? In particular for those who have so much fun they want to do it more and more as time and money allows. When is buying boots worthwhile? Buying skis? Is going on a ski vacation to a destination resort as a beginner worth the time and money?
I skied for the first time two years ago -- at the age of 53. There are very few things in life that you can't do at any age. You may not be the best at it, but if you stick with it you can be much better than when you started -- and, in the case of skiing, you'll have a blast.
So, here are some tips from a middle-aged newbie -- virtually all of which I picked up from the Epic forums. The last two are, IMHO, the most important:
1. Take some lessons.
2. Actively engage your brain and body in learning (in other words: focus).
3. Don't worry about how you look or feel the first five (ten?) times out. As an old Britsh author once said: "if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly".
4. Soak up everything you can from this site, hang with other skiers and learn from them, read ski books, etc. But keep in mind that this alone will not enable you to ski (understanding the physics of parabolic skis is not the same as skiing on them).
5. Get out on the slopes! As someone on this Forum said: "mileage" is the best instructor.
6. Have fun! It may take a while before the initial fear/trepidation quotient is surpassed by the joy quotient, but if you persevere, it will happen.
Hope this helps. Go for it!