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How's that ski instructor joke go?

 

What's the difference between a ski instructor and a mutual fund?


A mutual fund earns money?  

 

Ive heard it as the difference between a ski instructor and a CD (certificate of deposit):  a CD eventually matures and earns money...

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Age is just a number.  Keep fit, stay healthy and us old guys can pretty much keep up with most anyone.  Including passing PSIA Level III... I'm 70 and still kick'in ass..

I agree, mentally it is. Every year I get better with my skiing. However, I did get a reminder that I’m not physically ever going to be what I once was. I was in fact told I would not be able to ski again in February of last year, no injury just woke up with a L4,5,6 back issues.  I spent three lousy weeks not even being able to walk 50 feet in the middle of prime ski season. I disagreed with the doc’s… pushed hard and was back late mid March of that same year and near 90% by the end of the season.

 

Every day now I wake up fearing that it will happen again and I’ll be off the hill. It’s freaky because I’ve never ever thought anything would keep me off the hill for good. Even when I had Prostate CA  almost 7 years back now.

 

You are right it is ‘part’ a state of mind but some things we don’t have full control over, no matter what we do.

 

LOL…Keep the “Age is just a number” attitude and I will too buddy. The last thing I want to be like the “rest” of the seventy year old's I see ‘down the hill’ and at the class reunions. I’m still training hard, dropped twenty pounds and expect you will look over you shoulder this coming season and see me closing in on you. I’ll be 70 in March. 

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Add me to the list! L3 at 56(57 in May) and Part Time.

 

It can be done.

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Bumping this thread to recognize a fine older instructor I know who recently passed his L-3 skiing exam:  Otto Matheke from Liberty Mtn Resort in southern PA.  I'm guessing he's already completed the other portions to get full cert, but not sure.  He's been a level II for a long time.  Hope he'll see this and give us a full update.

 

Believe Otto has been instructing at Liberty Mtn, PA since 1993.  Super instructor and nice guy.  He's actually a member of this forum from long ago, but doesn't post much; profile: http://www.epicski.com/u/6965/lmandrake   

Having observed first-hand through my son’s experience what is involved physically and technically to pass the Level III skiing exam I am super impressed when a “veteran” individual in my age range climbs this final rung of the certification ladder.  My son took a lesson from Otto not so many years back.  Congrats to Otto (and other candidates recognized below)!

Here are some details from Spring 2016 PSIA-E newsletter:

Level III College

Our first Alpine Level III College was held at Killington this March. Fourteen Level II members gave their best during the first three days of exam preparation and the final two days of assessment. Rick Svencer and Keith Hopkins made sure these candidates skied every condition Killington had to offer. During the assessment on Thursday and Friday, five members were successful in all three performance areas, thus passing the Skiing Exam. Congratulations to Terence Barrett from Whiteface, Jon Lyons from Elk, Otto Matheke from Liberty Mountain, Robin Reid also from Liberty, and David Terney from Peek ‘n Peak. Join us in commending everyone who participated in this five-day event for their hard work, dedication, and determination! It was an intense week of skiing and coaching, and everyone should be proud of their efforts regardless of the outcome.

Otto achieved his gold at Whiteface  March 2017...... a big congrats to him!!!

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