making adjustments, keeping what you need
Originally Posted by ebough
I am post-60, a skier, and a practicing physician. My general experience is that, as people age, those who do best are those who accept their physical limitations and stay within them. ....
[Sibhusky, write me if you like, I have some gear ideas that pertain to lighter experts, (being short and light).]
I'd like to address the above quote and speak also to sibhusky: I'm 60 in a couple months. Still ski over 50 Palisades runs annually, but I have made some adjustments: shorter, wider skis for our snow and mountain. Saves the knees, easier to pivot, wheelie, and slide the tails. I do a major warm up each morning (ski daily). I quit skiing dangerous exposure when I get tired. And eliminate bump skiing as much as possible (many ex-bump-champions I know have paid heavily for that type of knee skiing). With these few adjustments, I hope to keep shreading without injury. Being 60, and skiing without ortho-impedimento (sift snow), I am inclined to think these adjustments have worked.
You are totally right to look at the whole picture, skiing as a lifetime sport
I enjoy skiing as much now as when I was 25. Had I been into big hucks and mega bumps in mt 30's, my ski days would have long since been over. Any form of ltoday to understand that they will want to ski when they
are 60, and that big huck today could just destroy that future. Oh, and most important, no joint injury ever heals completely
, that is a total myth!!!!!! Every joint injury reappears later in life (my personal observation).