definitely seems our club, in Santa Barbara, attracts mostly 'older' skiers/boarders. We occasionally will get a 'younger' member, but they rarely do our bus trips more than once or 2x and almost never participate in our other activities. I'm sure it's a major eye-opener for a young person when they enter the 'wrinkle room'. They'd have to be very dedicated to 'skiing/riding' to not factor in that our club would be mostly the age of their parents...
'Clubs', related to sports, just doesn't seem to be a consideration for young people (my small window). And even broad organizations like The Sierra Club seems to really drop off when getting under the 35 barrier. I know both my kids (ages 31 & 29) are not members of any outdoor or sports oriented clubs, yet they are quite active, given they both have young families. They seem to hang tight with a close circle of friends.
This seems ubiquitous with the younger generations. Not sure why.
But it definitely is worth some studying by some SOC major...
searching the interweb doesn't give much in the way of valid studies, just the usual speculation disguised as 'expert research'.
it's a very worthy topic for research if we want to understand the differences in generations, and whats at work.
EDIT: for the few 35 and under we get, it's common, at the end of the trip, to get something like, "Wow, you all sure seem to get around pretty well"
We have a fairly strong contingent of late 50's to late 60's crowd which likes to charge from bell to bell - that is, if the back doesn't go out...
but we are a scary bunch when we pull our helmets off.
OP - consider the options. If the trips are a good value, give it a try. And if you find compatible skiers, then all the better.
When on the hill, the 'age' game can easily be masked and overcome by good judgement, longterm skills and excellent line assessment.
Edited by moreoutdoor - 3/27/13 at 10:05am