I grew up with a father on ski patrol. He's 73 now and almost quit this year after having a bad day on the slopes when he couldn't get up after a fall. At first I got the call that he was finished and was selling his equipment. Then, after some conversations I convinced him to increase his activity and he just joined a gym. I'm not sure if he will go up again this season, but I'm sure he'll be up next season.
I'm single, no kids, and skiing is one of those things that gives me pure joy and allows me to escape from life. After being away from it for a decade and coming back, I just can't even see how I could go again without it being part of my life.
I know this year at 45, when I blew my knee, the doctor told me why don't you just stop skiing and then you probably won't need an ACL repair. (I've had other breaks and a bad car accident that has contributed to his suggestion). I'd love to say that I'd ski forever, but you don't know if you will be physically able to. As far as sticking to the blue groomers, I guess I'll have to find out what that is like next ski season since I'm forbidden to go into the moguls. I think I'd rather ski 5-6 hours on blue groomers than only a few hours on harder terrain. It's not just skiing the steeps and the powder, it's getting into a rhythm and feeling the carve amongst this beautiful scenery.
I hope to ski as long as my dad. Besides, I still have a lot to teach my nephew and niece (9 & 12).
If they can do it, why can't we?
Stein Eriksen, 85
Klaus Obermeyer, 93 (2 years post broken leg)
90 year old skier
100 year old Nastar skier
100 year old skier
Old skiers never die. They just go downhill fast.