Originally Posted by Lars
When I played semi-pro hockey, I felt like I was playing the best at age 40. The smartness factor was kicking in and if I had lost a step, I don't think so, it was compensated by savy.
I think my overall skiing performance was at it's best around the same time or shortly after. I was big into raceing then and always seemed to finish near the top all the time unless it was a DNF.
My skiing at 55 is still very good and in fact am doing stuff now that would most likely look like I'm on a suicide mission. At least that's what my Wife thinks. But the rest is going downhill. I can't hike as far or as fast at altitude as five years ago. After skiing hard all day, I'm done earlier. I'm still skiing bumps but now have to stop halfway down the run usually for a breather. I don't ski bump runs all day long anymore. But I don't avoid them either. I think modern equipment has aded alot to everyone my age so that is compensation. But, as skills go, I'd put myself up against most anyone anyday.
I'd put myself in my skiing prime at age 45-47
excellent piece of perspective.
in hockey, of course, you have to rely on fast-twitch muscles response much more so that in skiing.
something about hockey makes for really strong, fearless, fast skiers.
The best staff trainer at the old Great Gorge resort (1980s) was a huge hockey player and an amazing skier (ex-UVM racer/lev III psia). I saw him frequently at Mountain Creek South this past season (he and many of the old school, including many of the austrians from the '60s school, skied together this season, weekday mornings).
He'd been off skis and skates, as far as I knew, for a few years, his knees were worse than mine and he's flyiong more than ever before.
anyway, this season, he typically left the hill after a day's playing, to get to his club-league hockey workouts...he's 45 and (exactly as lars would have it) says he's playing as well as ever.
You hockey guys impress me.
Oh, yeah- Joan Heaton and Jeff Bergeron: Kenny Knoll says "Hi"