I was 54 years of age and +\- 60 lbs overweight, but when the first flakes fell in November, I was touched by the spirit of Ullr, just as I was 40 years ago.
After 15 years absent the joy of sliding, I rediscovered the wonder.
Ever since, I have been working hard on fitness (with some success, having dumped about half of the blubber), but I have a long way to go.
Every day on the slopes is an exercise in balance: reveling in the fun of skiing vs working on reclaiming form and learning new skills.
With an Eastern skiing background and some racing experience, I am more comfortable on the front side, so I am working on expanding my comfort zone by making a point of trying to ski more off-piste every day.
Having slept through the recent advances in ski design, I need to gear up.
Does it make sense to have a somewhat shorter bump ski in the quiver for days when I really want to work on moguls?
In the old days I skied 205s for slalom and powder days and 210s for GS and cruising the crud.
Yesterday I tried some E98s in a 180, which were a lot of fun, but it occurred to me that it might be easier, particularly in the tighter bumps to go to about a 170 (which are easy enough to try out).
P.S. Forgive me for introducing an equipment issue in a general skiing thread, but it is also a question of skills development.