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This year I turn 60 years old and have been skiing for 50 years.  I also just got laid off from Intel and have decided to retire as soon as the snow falls.  So I'm embarking on "The Oregon Ski Safari"     Every Area.   Every Lift.   Every Run.

 

There are 15 areas 70 lifts and about 450 different runs.   I plan to do them all.

 

post #212 of 245

Nice!  what a great goal with a great set of skiing accomplishments over 50 years to match.  Go get it done!

post #213 of 245
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This year I turn 60 years old and have been skiing for 50 years.  I also just got laid off from Intel and have decided to retire as soon as the snow falls.  So I'm embarking on "The Oregon Ski Safari"     Every Area.   Every Lift.   Every Run.

 

There are 15 areas 70 lifts and about 450 different runs.   I plan to do them all.

 


Sounds like a fun way to start retirement.  I turned 60 this year too.  But opted to retire a while back.

 

Hope you'll consider an ongoing Trip Report.  I haven't skied in the PNW yet but hope to at some point.  Have good friends who are in southern OR near Ashland.

post #214 of 245
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This year I turn 60 years old and have been skiing for 50 years.  I also just got laid off from Intel and have decided to retire as soon as the snow falls.  So I'm embarking on "The Oregon Ski Safari"     Every Area.   Every Lift.   Every Run.

 

There are 15 areas 70 lifts and about 450 different runs.   I plan to do them all.

 

 

 

You might want to consider joining us at the EpicSki-PugSki Gathering at Whistler March 5-11. Whistler 10 and 5 day Edge Cards are still available until November 21.

post #215 of 245

At 73 I buy my Mt Ashland season pass for $30. Of course if you read the brochure carefully, over 70s are free.

Mt Ashland is a community and having that pass lets me feel like a part of it. I only skied 4 days there last year but still got my money's worth.

Since my wife came back to Wisconsin our home on Mt Ashland sits vacant most of the year. The Central competition season doesn't allow me much time off before April.

"Every lift, every run, every day" is the motto of the Mt Ashland Ski Patrol my wife told me when she was patrolling there.

After years at Devil's Head in Wisconsin, her first day there she asked "where are the cravats?". "In the cabinet next to the explosive cabinet" was the reply.

Welcome to the mountains!

Mt Ashland is the best deal in skiing. A full day ticket is less than at Tyrol Basin in Wisconsin and about half of what Granite Peak charges.

Mt Ashland is 1200+ vertical feet at an average pitch of plus or minus 30 degrees while Tyrol is 250 feet at 16 degrees.  

post #216 of 245

My picture is the full moon coming up across the mountain from my front porch on Mt Ashland.

Wish I were there.

post #217 of 245
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Originally Posted by SLATZ View Post
 

At 73 I buy my Mt Ashland season pass for $30. Of course if you read the brochure carefully, over 70s are free.

Mt Ashland is a community and having that pass lets me feel like a part of it. I only skied 4 days there last year but still got my money's worth.

Since my wife came back to Wisconsin our home on Mt Ashland sits vacant most of the year. The Central competition season doesn't allow me much time off before April.

"Every lift, every run, every day" is the motto of the Mt Ashland Ski Patrol my wife told me when she was patrolling there.

After years at Devil's Head in Wisconsin, her first day there she asked "where are the cravats?". "In the cabinet next to the explosive cabinet" was the reply.

Welcome to the mountains!

Mt Ashland is the best deal in skiing. A full day ticket is less than at Tyrol Basin in Wisconsin and about half of what Granite Peak charges.

Mt Ashland is 1200+ vertical feet at an average pitch of plus or minus 30 degrees while Tyrol is 250 feet at 16 degrees.  

 

In all likelihood Mt. Ashland is the second best deal in skiing. If you are over 65 and are ever in southern British Columbia:

 

https://skibaldy.com/passesandtix/

 

Less than $15USD at Mt. Baldy for a season pass.

post #218 of 245
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Originally Posted by SLATZ View Post
 

At 73 I buy my Mt Ashland season pass for $30. Of course if you read the brochure carefully, over 70s are free.

Mt Ashland is a community and having that pass lets me feel like a part of it. I only skied 4 days there last year but still got my money's worth.

Since my wife came back to Wisconsin our home on Mt Ashland sits vacant most of the year. The Central competition season doesn't allow me much time off before April.

"Every lift, every run, every day" is the motto of the Mt Ashland Ski Patrol my wife told me when she was patrolling there.

After years at Devil's Head in Wisconsin, her first day there she asked "where are the cravats?". "In the cabinet next to the explosive cabinet" was the reply.

Welcome to the mountains!

Mt Ashland is the best deal in skiing. A full day ticket is less than at Tyrol Basin in Wisconsin and about half of what Granite Peak charges.

Mt Ashland is 1200+ vertical feet at an average pitch of plus or minus 30 degrees while Tyrol is 250 feet at 16 degrees.  

 

Does she know Rich666?  He posts here and teaches there.

post #219 of 245

She know a patroller named Rich.

post #220 of 245
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Originally Posted by pchewn View Post

This year I turn 60 years old and have been skiing for 50 years.  I also just got laid off from Intel and have decided to retire as soon as the snow falls.  So I'm embarking on "The Oregon Ski Safari"     Every Area.   Every Lift.   Every Run.

 

There are 15 areas 70 lifts and about 450 different runs.   I plan to do them all.

 

 

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Originally Posted by pchewn View Post

This year I turn 60 years old and have been skiing for 50 years.  I also just got laid off from Intel and have decided to retire as soon as the snow falls.  So I'm embarking on "The Oregon Ski Safari"     Every Area.   Every Lift.   Every Run.

 

There are 15 areas 70 lifts and about 450 different runs.   I plan to do them all.

 

 

Outstanding. Hope to see occasional updates on your experiences with Intel of another sort ;-)
post #221 of 245

Yes she does know someone named Rich.

She patrols Friday shift.

post #222 of 245

Amen to a "Senior Skiers" forum...most of my skiing buddies are gimped-up or have left the planet. but there is hope for us "seasoned seniors". However it does require a commitment to stay in shape for skiing with a nice payoff when you're on the slopes. I'm 83 and consider myself a pretty good skier. It might be worth your while to check out my video: ski-z-rider youtube video.

post #223 of 245
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Amen to a "Senior Skiers" forum...most of my skiing buddies are gimped-up or have left the planet. but there is hope for us "seasoned seniors". However it does require a commitment to stay in shape for skiing with a nice payoff when you're on the slopes. I'm 83 and consider myself a pretty good skier. It might be worth your while to check out my video: ski-z-rider youtube video.

I put it in YouTube twice can't find it
post #224 of 245

Try searching with google...let me know if you can't find it    Bruce

post #225 of 245
Yes I search with Google couldn't find it Bruce
post #226 of 245
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Late to the party.  I noticed the statin bashing.  I've been taking them for over 25 years and I have experienced no side effects at any time.   They do the job for me.  And just to highlight what they can do for one, I should mention that my grandfather died at 42 and my father at 47 from heart attacks due to blocked arteries.  I have the same condition they had, and I'm 62 with no sign of arterial sclerosis.  For me statins are a wonder drug.


​Statins usually help people but some have either a statin induced myositis or trigger polymyositis, dermatomyositis or inclusion body myositis.  Rare but you don't want any of those diseases.

post #227 of 245
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Yes I search with Google couldn't find it Bruce
post #228 of 245

Who says people should slow down after 70, or 80, or older.  Check out this article from January 2017 about a senior who started exploring ski areas in North America after he retired about 20 years ago.

 

http://www.dailyinterlake.com/article/20170121/ARTICLE/170129970

 

" . . . The 85-year-old Columbia Falls native swung through the valley this weekend, taking a few hours to visit Blacktail Mountain before heading north on his quest to ski at every ski hill in North America.

 

Out of his list of about 700, he’s currently at 528 and expects to pick up about 20 more in the next few weeks as his travels take him into Canada. But that didn’t start until he retired, and if you’d asked him about the sport back when he still lived in the Flathead, the answer would have been different. . . ."

 

Final quote in the article: “I’m not done yet. Maybe when I’m 90 or when I’m 95. ... Every day I’m alive, I laugh at life. And every time I get on the slopes, I get to laugh at life.”

post #229 of 245

Truly impressive, but ..... we do, in fact, slow down, and eventually, stop.  No excuse not to make the most of every remaining second, though, however you can, and have fun while doing it. 

post #230 of 245
Probably had the best technical ski day of 44 yrs today. Yeah I never was very good. Think positive,relax and have fun. Everything will click. Practice had some to do with it.
post #231 of 245
Just starting out, reached day 9 today. Age 63. Happy to see a seniors thread active here!
post #232 of 245
Newboots. I started at 62 and get a bit better every year. Cannot say that about many other things.
post #233 of 245
No such thing as a senior skier. Just us old b*st*rds showing the kids how you really do it!
post #234 of 245
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No such thing as a senior skier. Just us old b*st*rds showing the kids how you really do it!


Speak for yourself, newboots and I are . . . Ski Divas, so don't quite fit the "grumpy old men" look. :rolleyes

post #235 of 245

Just discovered this thread.  I'm 64, started skiing at 36.  My skiing is constantly improving, not slowing down at all.  I ski 60 or more days a year, this year I'm aiming for 90 times, already at 41.  Yesterday was my 1,000th ski day of my life!

 

The only difference is that I really don't want to fall, so I don't push my limits as much as when I was younger, so yes my improvement may be a bit slower, as pushing your limits can accelerate improvement.  That said I'd rather ski more days than get hurt and miss time on skis.

 

I'm skiing steep and icy trails better than I could when I was younger.  I'm skiing ungroomed terrain better than I did when I was younger.  The better one gets, the less physical effort it takes.

 

I have a fellow instructor in his mid 70's who still skis athletically.  I guess at some point in my late 70's or so I will have to limit what I do, so maybe I only have 10-15 more years of athletic skiing, but hey, skiing easier trails in my 80's will be just fine with me!

 

There are folks in their 90's that I know who are still skiing, and skiing fast.  

post #236 of 245

Jackrabbit Johanssen skied past 100.

post #237 of 245
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Jackrabbit Johanssen skied past 100.


Where did he ski the most?

post #238 of 245
Per Wikipedia, the Laurentians.
post #239 of 245
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Where did he ski the most?

 

 

​Wasn't he a Nordic skier.  Started the Jack Rabbit ski program.

 

Lived to 111 or so.  Maybe something to Nordic afterall. :-)

post #240 of 245
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​Wasn't he a Nordic skier.  Started the Jack Rabbit ski program.

 

Lived to 111 or so.  Maybe something to Nordic afterall. :-)

 

My dad skied in the Laurentians, north of Montreal in the 1930s. AFAIK, back then there was no difference between Nordic and Alpine.

 

The ski bindings had a U-shaped bracket that your hiking boot toe slid into with leather straps going across the toe and a leather strap going from one side of the toe piece/bracket around the boot heel to the other side of the toe piece. There was "stomp pad" where you planted your heel when preforming a Stem Christie turn. The skis were all wood with hardwood lignite edges.

 

There were no chairlifts and the skiing consisted of taking a ski train north out of Montreal and then skiing the valley bottom rolling farm country back to a train station closer in to the city. For the steeper hills a farmer would have a tractor set up with a tire off, powering a home made rope tow. Skiers would pay a small fee for a one time tow up the hill.

 

I am pretty sure the above would be the kind of skiing that Jack Rabbit Johanssen would have done for a good part of his life and then eventually transforming into the Nordic discipline.

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