Originally Posted by volantaddict
While the person who entered 86 may have been joking, there is a skier who is a regular on the hill I ski who is 89 (doesn't look a day over 70) so it is not unheard of. Less frequent (as someone suggested) would be someone that age engaging in internet message board discussion.
I have a 91 yr old uncle. He doesn't ski, but he's still an active traveler visiting relatives around the US and a regular internet user and poster to our myfamily.com group.
I've enjoyed witnessing many great examples of elder skiers/boarders over the years. A few memorable ones:
In 1987 I saw a gray haired snowboarder at the top of Stratton, VT. At the time snowboards were still somewhat of a novelty. To see an older guy using one was a real surprise. He looked about 63 and when I first saw him he was nimbly scrambling on the ground to get buckled in on his board after just getting off a lift. Then he popped up and immediately began elegant, sweeping turns down the hill with complete mastery.
I loved that comment someone made about an elderly lady walking to the ski area with crutches and then proceding to begin a ski session. I was at Loveland, CO a couple of years ago when I chatted with a 65 yr old at the bottom of the hill. I was just arriving, he was removing his skis and adjusting his artificial leg. I said something about what a nice ski day it was and he said, "yeah, snow's great, I'm heading home, got my two hours in." I heard later that he's a regular there many mornings through the season.
This past winter I got a chance to chat with 84 yr old Sepp Kober at The Homestead ski area in VA. He was the longtime director of skiing there and is a legendary father of Southern skiing. Still skis beautifully and gracefully. Moreover, he was out instructing kids on the hill throughout both days of my visit.
article with photo of Sepp: http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_a...mode=headlines