Greetings from the UK - don't actually have any mountains here, well a few hills in Scotland, but it's easier to go to France, Italy etc etc
I'm 48 years young, live on the South Coast some 60 miles South of London, link below will take you to my live weather staion where we also have a strteaming cam, but remember the time difference!!!
You'll also note I'm a passionate windsurfer, which is possible all year long, in fact we currently have a good force 5 - 6 with wind picking up so will go out shortly!
As for the mountains from around 16yrs old skied for some 20 years then turned to snow boarding, would like to go back on skis, especially for touring but have a weak knee and don't want to catch an inside edge.
Have "skied" many top locations over the years, including Vermont and Crested Bute, the latter was very good but a bit small in terms of terrain.
Last 12 years or so make a point of going to La Grave which I suppose is my "home mountain" and have come across a fair number of North Americans visiting there....and had beers with a few who I'm sure you know of and the tragedy that befell them this year.
La Grave is a very good base for touring as well, something we have been doing far more of over the last 5 years and friends are doing a traverse of the Alps from Vienna (Austria) to Nice (Southern France) this year and nexrt see http://www.alptraverse.com/proj2006/
We also make a trip to the Artic Circle (April / May), Northern Norway where we charter a sail boat and leave Tromso and head North to the Lyngen Alps, climbing up from the beach and descending back down to the waiting boat, this is by far the best mountain experience I know of!!!
It is becoming quite popular now.
Oh well time to get the wetsuit on and do some different turns..............