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Goodbye 50's! (long, sorry)

post #1 of 9
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Just some musings:
The end of this season for me is a milestone; I’ll turn 60 this summer….so long 50’s! Can I feel the age? You bet! It sorta sneaks up on you. In my mid 40’s, I was strong and felt I’d never skied better, (started @16). The late 40s and early to mid 50s I was noticing that moguls hurt my back and my quads didn’t seem to bounce back like they used to. Late 50s, while I can still turn ‘em pretty quick, it takes much more effort. I only ski moguls if I have to, but still love powder and steeps. I have no intention of ever giving this sport up, as long as I can do it! The sport gives back so much more than it takes if you approach it the right way.

In no particular order, here are some of the things I remember after 43 years on the hill:
-Wood Army surplus skis with metal edges, bottoms covered with “Tey-Tape”.
-Head Standards with bowling ball-hard bottoms that would take a lot of abuse but were truly hateful on ice!
-Marker Turntable, long-thong heals, Nevada toe on Head GS as my ski for Varsity Ski Team.
-Guys in the dorm forging season passes with a Polaroid, photo laminating plastic and an iron – and getting away with it! Try that now!!!
-$7.00 Vermont lift tickets.
-Single ride tickets.
-$50 season passes.
-Warren Miller appearing in person at the local High School auditorium and hawking his book “Wine, Women & Skis”.
-Jet Sticks.
-Hansen Comp Boots with wax injected liners, (can you say “my feet are killing me”?).
-Rossi Strato 102R short skis.

Guess I’d better buy a Buick this summer!
post #2 of 9
A little encouragement to keep you going when you get a little older.


In part...
"He appeared to have begun to feel his age in 1936 because he entered and won a veteran's race at Shawbridge. The race was only five miles long! However, 10 years later he was feeling spry enough, at age 71, to place third in a 10-mile cross-country race from the top of Mt. Mansfield to the town of Stowe, Vermont. His last official race was the Red Birds Club Championship when he was 75. He placed third in a field of 20. Herman told me in 1962 that he would still be racing but it caused cramps in his legs at night and this kept his wife up rubbing them. He reluctantly agreed that at 86 he had better confine himself to laying out and fore-running cross-country courses.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, he offered his services for training the troops but was turned down because he was 65 years old, even though he could have run 99 percent of the recruits into the ground. Herman was annoyed but thought that he might still be accepted if he could prove that he was in good physical condition. He maintained a log of his mileage while keeping the Maple Leaf Trail open. His record: 1940-41-980 miles; 1941-42-960 miles; 1942-43-1155 miles. He kept reporting to the army brass and the brass kept repeating that his age was against him. After five years, they finally won the war without him."
post #3 of 9
Nice post, CB. I was starting to feel like you in my late 30s...
post #4 of 9
A Buick is in order.

A Winnebago too, to drive all of your relatives nuts.

Burger-King .... "Do you have your AARP discount card sir?"
post #5 of 9
A Buick, can you say white belt and matching shoes?
post #6 of 9
Don't forget the white walls!
post #7 of 9
Man, does this post ever strike a chord ...I'm a bit younger...don't turn 60 till next january..but we're staring at the same milestone. Without getting too nostalgic , I'd add to your list of memerable moments:

Thanksgivings at Killington: $6.75 lift ticket which included a turkey dinner and a free phonecall home

Northland skiis with segmented screw-in edges

Rosemont side entry boots ( always popped open at the least opportune moment and hurt like hell

The first lange boots which went soft after 10 days of skiing

Lonnnnng, slowwww rides on Mt mansfield single in storms covered with a heavy smelly blanket , peeking out from under every so often to see if the Octagon was anywhere in sight

bamboo gates ( can you say big welts? Ouch)

and, like you...Head Comps with Nevada toe and marker T-Table and long thongs
And the list goes on...
Those were the good ol'days but today is so much better! the equipment, the grooming, just about everything ( except for the sense of courtesy which is pretty much non-existent these days). Like you I hit the bumps only when I get on a bumped out hill by mistake and find my salvation on the steep and deep. Having said that, I also still really enjoy the gates, have resdiscovered masters racing, and keep from getting bored by trying to wrestle "new" technique into my repetoire. And whenever i start wishing I were as fast and agile as even 10 years ago...I look at people like Dorin Muneanu, who just smoked everyone ( WON the GS overall...that includes the 20 and 30 somethings ex USSTers) at last week-ends USSA Masters Nationals- who is already 60 and going v. strong. It also helps to have couple of young J3 racers in the house...they leave me in the dust, but skiing is one of the few things we can do together and the joy and comraderie of which closes any age gap.
What a great sport!
post #8 of 9
The Japanese adventure skier, Yuichiro Miura (69 years old at the time), reached the summit of Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m) in 2002.

Also, Keizo Miura, Yuichiro Miura's father, skied Mont Blanc, at the age of 99, with his son.

I beleive that sking keeps you young!
post #9 of 9
I turned 60 last November, but I don't remember any of the 'good olde days' because I didn't start skiing until I was 48 yo. My gf is just learning to ski at 56 yo. I agree skiing keeps you young. gordo
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