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Fitness advice for 51yr old ex-good skiier wishing to re-start

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Hi All

 

I'm a 51 yr old woman.  I used to ski every winter and got fairly good - nothing spectacular but I could ski happily all day, could do black runs though I'd prefer not.  I last went skiing about 30 years ago.  I've had a desire to try it again for many years but I never did because I have no one to go with and now on top of that I'm not very fit.  I'm very nervous about possible big changes in equipment, about how much more crowded the slopes are now, and perhaps most of all i'm nervous of going back and having a bad experience which would kill my love of skiing.

 

I don't really know how fit I need to be before I can consider trying again now.  Also, I'd like to know if there is such a thing out there as a "get back into skiing for very nervous 50 yr olds" where they would take you to a less crowded place and hold your hand a bit, so that you get your confidence back.  Or something close to that!!!

 

If anyone has any sort of constructive advice such as resorts and/or teachers that they think would be particularly good in my case, I would be hugely grateful.  

 

I would want to go either to Italy or France ideally but would consider elsewhere in Europe.

 

Many thanks in advance.

post #2 of 6

I'm about the same age and have some experience with layoffs from skiing and returning.  As for equipment, people that learned on older gear are better equipped to ski new bear than vice versa, but there are some differences you will need to adjust to.  It won't stop you from skiing pretty well close to what you used to do within a short period of time.  How short depends on what kind of physical condition you are in.  I was coaching kids soccer in the fall before I started skiing again after ten years off going from straight skis to shaped skis.  I was still only able to hang for half a day and was very sore afterwards for two to three days.

 

Walking, biking, wearing leg weights around the house, and sit ups are probably the best really easy things to do that will get you in better shape to ski than nothing.  Hiking hills and mountain terrain is highly recommended.

 

As for gear, start with boots.  Without good boots you won't have a solid platform with which to demo and compare skis.  Once you get your boots dialed in fitting well then get more serious about getting your own skis again.

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Hi All

 

I'm a 51 yr old woman.  I used to ski every winter and got fairly good - nothing spectacular but I could ski happily all day, could do black runs though I'd prefer not.  I last went skiing about 30 years ago.  I've had a desire to try it again for many years but I never did because I have no one to go with and now on top of that I'm not very fit.  I'm very nervous about possible big changes in equipment, about how much more crowded the slopes are now, and perhaps most of all i'm nervous of going back and having a bad experience which would kill my love of skiing.

 

I don't really know how fit I need to be before I can consider trying again now.  Also, I'd like to know if there is such a thing out there as a "get back into skiing for very nervous 50 yr olds" where they would take you to a less crowded place and hold your hand a bit, so that you get your confidence back.  Or something close to that!!!

 

If anyone has any sort of constructive advice such as resorts and/or teachers that they think would be particularly good in my case, I would be hugely grateful.  

 

I would want to go either to Italy or France ideally but would consider elsewhere in Europe.

 

Many thanks in advance.


Welcome to EpicSki!  I started skiing more about ten years ago after skiing relatively little as a working adult.  I was about 50 then and an intermediate.  Have since become a solid advanced skier.  Lessons help a lot if you also take the time to practice fundamentals.  Do you live in Europe?  Since you are a woman, worth looking around TheSkiDiva.com .  You'll find many women who are getting back on the slopes after age 40, 45, 50, or older.

 

I collected a few of my favorite exercises in a blog to give you some ideas to get started.  I'm not a fitness professional, but do know how to research a topic online.

 

http://over50skifitness.blogspot.com

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Thank you so much for the blog. I am 60 and have skied for several years without much progress. I put it down to lack of strength and endurance. This year I must do better!
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Thank you so much for the blog. I am 60 and have skied for several years without much progress. I put it down to lack of strength and endurance. This year I must do better!


Welcome to EpicSki!  Where have you been skiing?

 

I had the advantage of having learned to ski as a teen.  However, as a working adult I was an intermediate cruising blue groomers.  When I started skiing with my daughter (after retiring early), I wasn't doing any ski conditioning.  What I found after a knee injury (not skiing) was that for steady improvement, combining off-season fitness exercises with lessons from experienced instructors could make a lot of difference.  Meaning an instructor with 10+ years of experience.  In my case, that meant PSIA Level 3 instructors but a Level 2 instructor with 10+ years of experience can be just as helpful.

 

How is your 1-leg balance?  I essentially do a variation of the exercises in this video any time I'm standing around waiting.

 

 

post #6 of 6
I have much work to do. A bit overwhelmed with all the fitness options though. Balance could be better.

I usually ski in Steamboat but this year took a week long clinic with Harald Harb in Granby CO. It is a direct parallel method and I think I could have improved except my boots were found to be too large volume wise. Terrible ski control. It has been so frustrating for me to start over every year. But, I am going again next year with new boots that are proper.
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