I skied a few times in HS. Don't remember most of it because it was the '70's (nothing to do with age)
Started back at it at 47 (2007)so I could follow my daughter around during her "After School Program" lessons (wife was too protective to let her on a mountain with a stranger and she doesn't ski).
Took my first lessons in "09 in a weekly adult clinic after I tore my ACL at Tuckerman's in '08 because none of my friends bothered to tell me that I couldn't ski worth a crap and I shouldn't go there. I thought I could ski pretty good. After all; I watched a video on it and it looked easy. I decided to learn the sport and became a member here. Also got into beer league racing through work.
Became an instructor in '09/'10 and L1 the end of that season. Just finished my 4 season at a small mountain (just under 1100' and 100 acres). Don't see me going anywhere else unless they kick me out for some reason or they do something that pisses me off enough. For now, we're comfortable with each other.
Since I work more than full time for a Defense Contractor, I coach the weekends and fill in as an instructor here and there. Also spent a couple season working NASTAR. It was fun but got out of it as it was interfering with my skiing improving. Last season I started coaching a seasonal program to get kids ready for the race program. It's an all mountain course with some gates here and there. I'll be doing that again this year on Sat & Sun in the mornings and will continue my training each afternoon (same as I did this past season). This coming season I'm going to race again in beer league and help out with my daughters HS race team (they're there the same afternoon as the beer league race).
Last couple seasons I toyed with getting L2 but until the end of the season I had way too many distractions, though I did get at least one prerequisite done (CS1). Trained very hard at the end of the season for L2 and I'm pretty sure this season I'll get at least through the skiing portion (or go broke trying).
I'm fortunate that my main job makes it so I can look at coaching as a hobby instead of employment. I'm sure I spend more on it than I make but I do it because I like it and for the training. When I retire, I'll probably do it full time and/or coach HS kids. I would like to do that now but I can't take three afternoons off each week and keep my job.
Skiing, coaching and training is all I want to do. I work so I can do it as much as I can. If I were to win the lottery, I would walk away from my main job, though I do enjoy that, and dedicate my time to skiing and coaching to the extent I could still stay married .