Originally Posted by Bonni
Thanks for the wonderful responses.
As a late starter, I know I won't be where 97% of you were skiing by age 20. I learned too late in life, and while I'm markedly improved even over last year, I'm still at the stage some people are in at their second or third season....and this after 13 years of 'skiing'.
Hmmm. I never skied more than 4 days in one season until I was 29. My skills still don't meet my goals, but they were certainly nothing to write home about back then!
Originally Posted by Bonni
Slow learner? I suppose I am. The MS issues as I age are becoming more of a factor in limiting both my progress and my safety. With these physical attributes, it's just not 'safe' to be in some of these places. Do I want an unexpected 'twitch' to throw me off balance.... in the trees? On something steep and icy where a fall means serious injury?
I don't want to risk not skiing again by aspiring to 'go there', and it's frustrating, but I'd rather be enjoying myself on easier terrain than never being able to ski again.
Living on the groomed trails doesn't sound like all that bad a way to spend the rest of my ski life. Does that make me less of a dedicated skier? It floats my boat, and I DO want to get better at it.
It's a perfectly good way to spend the rest of your ski life, which is not, by the way, destined to be particularly short. As others have said, ski where you want and how you want in order to have fun. If you want to change something, take the steps to change it, and maybe get some help.
For me, I've found that I have more fun as I get better, and I enjoy the challenge. My wife, however, has made it clear that some of the same challenges merely create stress for her. She continues to improve, but at her own pace, on her own path.
As far as MS and age go: Never say never!
I know a gentleman with MS who passed his level III cert in PSIA-RM, MS and all. I know another who skis bumps at 76. I know many who ski with amputations, post-polio, and other "disabilities."
What their desire to improve has given them is the efficiency to ski what they want and where they want, despite their physical issues.
You don't have to change a thing if you don't want to. We all ski for fun, after all. But skill and efficiency are just as applicable on blue groomers as they are in the bumps and trees. Skill and efficiency will serve you well in the years to come. I myself am well past 50, so I have just a hint of what age can do.
Regardless of where you choose to ski, it doesn't hurt to learn how to relax and make each turn with less effort. Just don't let me or anybody else push you into learning anything on skis any faster than you want.