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anybody doing cat or heli skiing in their 70s? 80s?

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Just wondering. I heard a 76 year old summited everest last year so anything is possible.
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Absolutely. I have friends who are in their 70s and 80s who do. It's not that far fetched, especially on a cat where you get a good rest between runs. And untracked snow is the gentlest and easiest on an aging body.

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I personally know of one old gal who still gets out on powder days and smokes skiers 30-40 years younger off piste.

 

She is in her mid 90s.

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Absolutely. I have friends who are in their 70s and 80s who do. It's not that far fetched, especially on a cat where you get a good rest between runs. And untracked snow is the gentlest and easiest on an aging body. 

 Most cat trips I've been on running 2-3 cats have at least a couple of people in their 70's.  I plan on being one of them in a decade.

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I have talked to quite a few folks in their 60's that do the Heli and cat ski thing. So, it seems that 70's and even 80's is not unthinkable these days. I skied with a bunch of folks in their late 60's, and early 70's last year at Bachelor who were complaining about how the ski resorts have been reducing the benefits usually afforded senior citizens. I guess some of the pre-boomers who lead the ski fad back in the days after WWII, are still skiing strong!

Edit to add: It's actually inspiring to see some of the healthier senior citizens rip it up. I took a buddy of mine on a summit hike last year up to the top of Bachelor. He'd never been up to the tippy top. Even though he is 22 years older than I, he managed to stay in fairly close contact on the boot pack up. I hope to be doing the same myself in 2 decades!
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We have a bunch of friends here in Jackson Hole who still do a lot of cat and heli skiing every year.  There's even one couple in the 80's who go on a skinning/skiing trip to the Alps every spring.  

 

For those who stay in shape physically, heli or cat skiing is no big deal.  They may not go quite as fast as younger people, but they can ski.

 

I will say that most of them arrange their own groups so that they don't end up in a cat or helicopter with some vertical-foot maniac who's only out there to run the meter as fast as possible. 

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BUMP

 

Any new stories?

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Re. original question: only if it's guaranteed sunshine with that powder.  I'm only 65 and I avoid overcast conditions like the plague - tends to mean no fresh powder for  me. 

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Re. original question: only if it's guaranteed sunshine with that powder.  I'm only 65 and I avoid overcast conditions like the plague - tends to mean no fresh powder for  me. 


While I understand it can be unnerving to ski in low visibility, I don't think that's a function of age.  The people I know who have trouble if they can't see are 20-30 years younger than I am.  The 90+ woman I was lucky enough to ski with a bit at Alta in recent years was out early on powder days when it was still snowing.  Granted she knew the trails very well after skiing Alta for 50 years.  Haven't been cat skiing yet, but it's a possibility in the next decade.  I'll be 60 soon.

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While I understand it can be unnerving to ski in low visibility, I don't think that's a function of age.  The people I know who have trouble if they can't see are 20-30 years younger than I am.  The 90+ woman I was lucky enough to ski with a bit at Alta in recent years was out early on powder days when it was still snowing.  Granted she knew the trails very well after skiing Alta for 50 years.  Haven't been cat skiing yet, but it's a possibility in the next decade.  I'll be 60 soon.

 

Absolutely - one's vision can deteriorate at any age, however statistically speaking most people's can be expected to do so. There will always be individuals out on either end of the curve (my mom, 94, doesn't need reading glasses), but failing eyesight is a common age-correlated phenomenon.

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Old folks can ski - and - that includes a heli or cat.  I am 73 and heres a few pics.

 

Cat skiing in BC with Big Red Cats.

 

Was 2nd guy down here behind our guide.  Also Big Red Cats Snow was about 18 inches of fresh

 

Heli skiing out of Panorama BC (bud Van)

 

 Some tracks Heli Skiing had to ski lower mt. cause upper was clouded/fogged in.  Great Glade skiing.

 

Age applies to some and we all know people our age that are old.  Most of the people I ski with are in their 50's or 60's and most of them are very good skiers.  One thing us old farts have learned is show to maximize our day and be able to ski with a pretty relaxed and stable core.  However will admit I usually quit and hit the Beer around 2 to 3.

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