I re-started at 45. I skied less than 10 days in all of HS but it was back in the 70's and I don't remember much of it. Mostly because it was the 70's and I was doing things I shouldn't have been .
The first two years were just chasing my daughter around. I was on borrowed straight skis from the late 80's and rear entry boots that were adjustable from size 8-12. The third year I was volunteered by my wife to start a ski club and decided to by new gear and of course my boots were too big (I'm currently in a 24.5 and was in a 27.5 - they were on sale). The 4th year I thought I was skiing well, went to Tuckerman's and had my a$$ handed to me (minus an ACL). My daughter's first words out of her month when I got home was "But who's going to take me skiing?" I decided I needed to study up on this sport. I had spent 20 years in the Marines and learned plenty of things and never did I not succeed. I wasn't going to let this be different.
In 2008 while rehabbing my acl/lcl/meniscus tear, I found epic. Thought for sure this was all I needed to master the sport; all the info is here. I tried TGR but wasn't a fit. There is great info here but thinking you can learn to ski by reading an article is like Danielsan trying to learn Karate from a book in the "Karate Kid". If you want to get good at something, you need a coach.
Somehow I was hired to be an instructor in 2010. I would have never hired me. I think it was my thirst for knowledge on the sport because I really sucked. I still suck, but not near as much as back then. Since then each year I have improved. I'm now 54 and I have managed to hone into fine muscle memory, things I shouldn't be doing and am working on doing something else instead. Like driving my inside knee more instead of dumping my hip.
The big change for me this year is I think about skiing differently. I used to think about it and all the different skills and drills as individual things. Now I just think of them as turns or parts of turns. Even a straight run usually starts with and/or ends with a turn. You're just in the fall line longer. Pivot slips are turns too. Same with a hockey stop. Pivot slips have all the same functions as short radius turns but BERP and DIRT are different. Almost everything we do skiing can be found in a turn and all the skills we do should be to help us turn better and when you do those skills, you should perform them in a way that makes it look like you are doing a proper turn or at least a part of a turn.
Starting late doesn't make it easy. Not at all. Injuries are devastating. I've done both knees and a rotator cuff. When I'm skiing with my friends & co workers, they are drawing on 40+ years experience. I have about 5 that are useful. It is very rewarding when I can do something they can't or at least better than they can. Like skiing on one ski, which by they way needs all the components of a good turn to do correctly AND it makes it easier. The difference between me and them is I train my a$$ off and most of them just ski.
The big changes for me this year was spending a day with Matt Boyd through Arc2Arc. He helped me not only ski better, but think of things differently too. Great guy. Can't wait for the next opportunity to ski with him again. The other was failing L2 skiing. I first blamed this on work and all the stress it was causing me (its has been a very bad past 10 months), but then I realized that the stress from work didn't cause me to forget how to walk. So what if my head was full of work crap. If I can ski at the level of an L2, it shouldn't matter what my state of mind is. I can either do it or I can't. The other silver lining in failing an exam, is I got three, yes three, examiners to give me feed back on paper, and in person. All very supportive and all saying I'm close. They were all saying close to the same thing though slightly differently. Matt confirmed he was seeing similar things and had warned me ahead of time that I might not pass (I only had a week to work on what he gave me).
Go ahead and start late. So what? You need to be willing to work at it or accept mediocrity. As long as you're having fun, that's perfect! My brain doesn't work that way (friggin' Marine Corps). I have to study and train and study and train all so I can I don't even know what. I doubt I'll ever be happy with my skiing, though I do get happier. Yesterday one of the race coach's coaches told me "You keep getting better." So as long as I can keep doing that, I'll keep working at it.
Let's hear it for late bloomers and L8 wannabes!