First post here and not sure if this is the correct place for intros, so mods feel free to move this if need be. Let me start by saying Hello everyone, I'm glad I found this site. I have been lurking for a few weeks now and decided it was time to jump in. My name is Chris and I'm an alch.....oh Sorry, wrong group. I'm 45 and stuck in the Midwest, Missouri to be exact, so my skiing opportunities are very limited. The very reason I had not skied in over 20 years. I started skiing just out of HS while in the Army stationed at El Paso TX. We would go to NM and ski Ruidoso. Then got stationed in Germany where I fell in love with skiing. I was able to ski all over Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (loved those AAFES trips!) and managed to log quite a significant amount of time on the slopes being single. As luck would have it, I PCS'ed to Colorado Springs but had recently gotten married and started our family, so I only went 3-4 times while in CO. When I got out of the military and moved back to MO. I couldn't fathom the idea of going to our local ski "hill" after skiing Europe and the Rockies, and could not afford trips back to CO, so I sold my equipment and had not strapped on a set of skis until this past season. I could not believe how much had changed in the last 20+ years, Of course those were the days of long skinny planks and rear entry boots. When the kid at the renal place handed me my skies I told him they were waaayy too short, he just laughed and said they'll work just fine. I was shocked at how quickly it came back to me, sorta like riding a bike. First trip I was trying to ski the way I had skied all those years ago, and quickly realized these were not my 200cm Blizzards from back in the day. Came home, did a little research on the technique needed for modern skis, and took that back to the hill with me. WOW what a difference! Now I am totally hooked again and am driving the wifey nuts. All my free time is spent looking at skiing related topics, videos, equipment, and of course, EPICSKI. I have started a training program to try to get my fat lazy butt into some sort of shape for next season, and have the wife talked into giving it a try as well. I have learned so much from you all and look forward to being active on the forum and continuing to learn. I do regret selling my gear all those years ago and going on hiatus, but at least I have rediscovered something I once loved so much!