My father is 78 yrs old and lives in Hong Kong. During the past 2+ years, whenever I talk to him on the phone about my ski trips, he’d always ask me, is it really fun? how does it feel when you ski downhill? From his tone, I can sense he is very much wanted to try and curious to know how does it feel like when one is sliding down the hill. Last year, I agreed to take my nephew to WB for 1 wk., I know he wanted to join us but my brother said no because he’s afraid that my father might be attempting to ski and ended up hurting himself.
Based on what I know & observed about my father’s current health:
1) He practices Tai Chi 1+ hour and swim 30-45 min. everyday year round
2) Hiking every Sunday with his hiking club.
3) He does have good balance from practicing Tai Chi.
4) He does have good athletic skills (when he was young), he picks ups new sport relatively quick.
5) We did a 4-hour glacier walk (with crampons) in Iceland in Sept. this year and he managed it.
Concerns I have:
1) His reaction time is definitely slower because of old age.
2) He can easily get frazzled if there is too much information to process simultaneously.
3) He does not have health insurance here in the U.S.
4) Lost in translation: If I take him to try out skiing, I will get a private lesson for 1-on-1. Since he does not speak english, I will do the translation. Problem is, I am afraid many things will get lost in translation. Plus many skiing terminologies are difficult to translate (at least for me) to Chinese, e.g. edging, skidding, carving, wedging, tilting.
5) Fall and fracture.
6) Problems when getting off lift chair. Again, because of his old age, he does everything slower, including getting up from a chair.
I discussed this w/ my 2 cousins - one skies and one does not. The one does not ski said why not because he has good balance. The one skis said, better not because you never know...., but if you really want, consider taking him to a terrain with very good snow condition. If he falls, it won’t be as bad.
I thought about taking him to Japan, Nieseko, because of the powder condition., also it is close proximity to Hong Kong. If anything happens, it is 4 hour plane ride…
I am unable to find any ski lesson videos in Chinese online, so he can’t really "study" much in advance.
1) Am I crazy to even contemplating this idea?
2) If not, what needs to be done to make it work? e.g. bone density scan to assess fracture risk?
3) How about adaptive skiing? Is this a good comprise?
4) What else I need to assess to determine if this is a go or no-go?
Bottom line, it just pains me that knowing he really wants to try the sport but couldn’t because of advanced age…
I'd like to solicit your inputs! Thank you in advance.
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