Wow - the results are the reverse of what I expected. Interesting.
I think if you look at the average age of this message board, most of us were kids and young adults back in the 50's thru 70's when skiing was I would think on the way UP, based on the number of areas that were being created, especially thru the 60's. Most ski areas were founded subsequent to WWII if any of the history of skiing that I've been reading is true. Given that take off point for ski areas and lifts, it would be unlikely that previous generations would have had the time, access to convenient transportation, or the inclination (pre-chair lift) to ski. So, even though some of the younger folks on this board might be second generation and some of the older folks might have had ancestors from Europe who skied, I think given our demographics we'd have to mostly be first generation skiers.