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he did it!!!!!

post #1 of 38
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My Dad, who turned 72 last weekend, took a lesson. It was his very first time skiing. And he absolutely, positively LOVED it!

We set him up on a half day private with a GREAT guy up at Deer Valley, who made him feel comfortable and successful, enough so that my Dad wanted to take another lesson two days later!

Yes, he fell. But he got up. He did not hurt himself. He recognized his limits, and knew when he'd had enough for one day. Now we can't get him to stop talking about gear. He is totally facsinated by the entire thing. I knew he was hooked the moment he said, as we were walking across the Albertson's parking lot at the base of Park City, "See that run up there? Hell, I bet I could ski that!"

And of course, he's got the lifestyle thing already figured out...when we found him after his lesson, he was sitting in the sun facing the hill with a cold beer resting comfortably in one hand, watching his grandchildren play in the snow, and he was happy.

I couldn't be more pleased. Thank you to everyone who knew he could do it!!!!! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

post #2 of 38
Congrats- if he was happy you have done very, very well- michael
post #3 of 38
That's great, I'm glad he got a chance to try something new. Your'll have to get him hooked on Epic Ski next...

Tell him to come and join us.
post #4 of 38
Way To go! Thats one of the things I love about skiing you are never to old. At 72 there are a number of mountains that will allow him to ski for free. Maybe we should start a list of places have free skiing for 70 year old pluse skier or at least discount lift tickets.
post #5 of 38
That's great!

Good job.
post #6 of 38
That's cool, I got schooled by a 76 year old at Fernie last season - maybe your dad in a couple of years.
post #7 of 38
I am very happy for both of you! I'm sitting here just a grinnin' and a smilin'!

Here's to many more happy days.

post #8 of 38
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Tom / PM
post #9 of 38
That's great news, sheskis!

Bridger Bowl gives it away to guys and gals your dad's age and there are a bunch of them. It's cool how the seniors form rat packs, like teenagers. At BB they dominate the coffee bar for the hour before the lifts open. Many of them do a marvelous job as volunteer ambassadors for the ski area: win-win.
post #10 of 38
sheskis, very cool. Thanks for keeping us udated. Thanks to your Dad for the inspiration! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #11 of 38
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post #12 of 38
Wow, I am impressed! Good for him!
post #13 of 38
Does Deer Valley have Nastar? [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #14 of 38
You'll know he's a goner when he starts looking at grassy hills along the freeway, and he says, "I'd ski that".

He's on his way to becoming a Barking Bear...addicted in all ways!

Good on ya, Dad! :
post #15 of 38
Awe, the ski resorts looks so sad when they are grassy hills. I can't wait to see them full of snow again. When I am driving through MD and pass Wisp in the warm weather (as much as I like the warm weather) the hills look bare without the snow! I can't wait unitl they are snow covered and skiable again.
Back to the topic of skiing in your older years...I hope that I am healthy and still able to ski when I'm in my 70's. I love it and will do it as long as I can.
Congrats to your dad. Glad to hear he is having such a blast on the slopes!! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #16 of 38
I am "she skis" dad.

Thanks to all for the support and kind words.

BUT THANKS ESPECIALLY TO MY LOVELY DAUGHTER, who got me into skiing and always makes my life a very happy one.
post #17 of 38
Keep it up dadskis!! That is great!!

Pretty soon you'll be joining one of our instructors at Copper who is a young 79. Teaches all winter then spends the summer camping on the beaches in Italy.
post #18 of 38


I don't think I'll be teaching skiing (at least for now), but "Me piace Italia molto!"

What's your handicap on your home course?
post #19 of 38
dadskis, you da man!
post #20 of 38
He's got all the good stuff right there: the skiing, the amassing of gear, and the beer afterwards. Nice work.
post #21 of 38
Now for the bad news. You have created a monster and lord knows that Epic is full of em'.

If you had anything coming from coming from dear old dad's will .... kiss it goodbye! :

That old fool will be out spending $$$$ on footbeds and light carbon-alu poles (the one's you can't afford), a Range Rover cause the old Ford Vic can't get to the hill on pow days the Swiss vacation packages even at AARP rates isn't cheap either.

You are sooooooooo lucky to be able to have these shared moments ... ain't no price tag for that!
post #22 of 38
Originally posted by dadskis:

What's your handicap on your home course?
If I maintained an "official" handicap it would probably be between 4 and 6 depending on the time of season. When I am heavy into junior clinics and lessons (mid June through early August) it tends to rise a bit due to lack of practice time. Once the kiddies are done I can play and practice a lot more. The goal for the season is to lower it to a 1 or 2 with a lot of short game practice.

As a professional there is no reason to maintain a handicap since I have to play to a 0.

Most of my playing time is from the tips (to stress my game, patience and mind) at Breckenridge (my home course) where the slope ratings are amoung the highest in the state.

For anybody visiting Summit County this summer here is a link to the golf course web site. A great place to play with an altitude or just stop by the pro shop (ask for Mike) and say "Hi"!


PS: Way to go Lefty!!! [img]smile.gif[/img] What a classic back nine Masters battle between Ernie and Phil. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] One for the history books.
post #23 of 38
dadskis, you're one of my heroes! Go after it, and you'll be surprised what you can accomplish. Check out the Over the Hill Gang at Copper Mountain, too!
post #24 of 38
dadskis, congrats from another 72-year-old skier, though I've been at it for a while.

post #25 of 38
Congratulations dadskis!
I didn't start until late (58) and am still trying to make up the deficit! Some good advice given already- have fun choosing gear, have lots of lessons and follow the snow!
post #26 of 38

I thought your were out of my league on the fairways.

Checked out your website. Looks like a great course for a high handicapper. Lots of lift and maybe some downhill help.

Carol, my wife, and I love Colorado. Spent many a day on the frying pan river out of the Rudie Resorvoir. I will check out where Breckinridge is relative to the Frying Pan. Maybe we will come out to mess up your home course. Could probably take a few lessons too.

post #27 of 38
Hey, Dadskis - Welcome to skiing and welcome to EpicSki.com!!! Real skiing and internet ski learning (ie, Epic) are fun, but beware, they are addictive.

So, tell us what the lesson was like. A lot of us are instructors that love to get feedback from students, particularly, people like yourself that are unique in some way (ie, age). What did you like, what didn't you like, what would you have done different, what would you have liked the instructor to do differently?????


Tom / PM
post #28 of 38
gerahlete 1,

Gerathlete 1

Hey, it is reassuring to get support from someone who has been there. Your advice is well given and better heeded. I have no illusions about tackling double blacks. My instructor set me straight. "Pick YOUR terrain and stay within yourself".

"The better you was, the more mellow you will be!"
post #29 of 38
Originally posted by dadskis:

Checked out your website. Looks like a great course for a high handicapper. Lots of lift and maybe some downhill help.

If you play the appropriate tees (leave your ego at the bag drop) and conservatively the course can be enjoyable for high handicappers. On all of our rotations the slope ratings are well above the average (the average course is 13% more difficult for a bogey golfer than a scratch golfer-hence a 113 slope rating). For men we range from 124 to 150 in slope rating, the ladies go from 124 to 145. Jack definitely designed a challenging track. Well worth a visit both for the golf and scenic beauty.

Most elevation changes on any given hole are pretty benign except two holes on the Elk rotation. Fairways are pretty average width-the trouble begins when you are off the fairway. Pro tip-give up a bit of distance for accuracy. Depending on the weather (wet or dry) the rough and native grass areas can be very challenging. There are also a number of environmentally protected areas you cannot enter if your shot finds them.

Golfers do get help from the altitude (the clubhouse is at 9,324 ft.), high ball hitters more than low ball hitters. Most golfers will gain from 1.5 to 2 clubs over sea level performance.

I was over visiting with the head pro yesterday, we could have the range and maybe 9 holes open in a few weeks if the weather continues like at present. The snow is melting very fast. Normally we open the course Memorial weekend and the range about 10 days earlier. Unfortunately that means we are looking at a dry and scary fire season-the 7th year of below average snowpack.
post #30 of 38
That's terrific news!
His health, both mental & physical, will never be better [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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