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post #31 of 42
I have lots of old skier stories, the best of which is my buddy Lou Batori, who made it to CBS Sunday Morning in 2011 by skiing a Nastar course to celebrate his 100th birthday. I skied with Lou a bunch in the 1980s.
post #32 of 42

Having just returned from my first skiing holiday at the "old" age of 56 I have had such an amazing experience. Despite my instructors encouragement I couldn't move on as fast as the very young members of my group. I didn't want to hold them back and was  happy to stay focused on perfecting my technique whilst they took risks that I knew where not right for me at this age. This was more to do with fear of hurting myself that my lack of ability - one has to accept that an injury in your 50's has greater consequences than in your 20's!

 

By the end of my holiday I really felt I had got to grips with my technique and I cannot describe the joy of skiing down a slope that was within my limitations and control. Next time I will push on a bit further and who knows what I will be capable of. It's all about personal experience and I had a blast yehaaaaa!!!

post #33 of 42

Welcome to Epic, and I'm glad to hear you had such a good time out there!

 

We get lots and lots of people posting here who either are just trying the sport out as adults, or (more commonly) who used to ski a lot, then took a LONG break of some sort and are just coming back to it.

 

I only learned to ski in high school myself (if you can call what I was doing 'skiing'), and then basically didn't ski at all for 8 years between college and getting my career off the ground.  Been trying to make up for lost time since then.  I became a part-time instructor, and that gets you out on the hill and improving in a hurry.

 

Like other people said here, if you want to be an Olympic champion you'd better start when you're four.  But you don't need to do that to be out there and having a great time.  One of the great things about skiing is that the better you get the easier it becomes physically, at least if you're not trying to crank out race-course turns or zipperline competition moguls.  So improving skills can make up for declining physical strength and stamina.  You don't need to push yourself with crazy risks to get out and enjoy the mountains and feel the wind on your face.

 

At 31 I still feel like I'm getting significantly better every season.  It's occasionally discouraging when I see some 16-year-old high school racer out there who is better in the gates then I'll probably ever be, though.

post #34 of 42

QUOTE Patmoore: "Started at 10, quit at 16 to take up competitive sky diving."

 

The age old questiion -

 

Why would anyone jump out of a perfectly good airplane?

post #35 of 42

I started this February, age 32. I regret not having started earlier. 10 days on skis, and I can ski the blues at any of the ski areas I have been to, and some of the blacks (no moguls yet). I've even started going into easier glades.

 

I doubt you had any problem learning.

post #36 of 42

I know I am replying to an old message but I'm curious...where did you start learning to race?  I'm 55, an intermediate skier having just gotten back into it, but really want to improve and race.  I'm in PA and it looks like every ski resort has a junior racing program but I don't see much locally for adult or Masters racing

post #37 of 42
I think there's something called ASRA at Montage and Elk.
post #38 of 42


I will look into that.  Thank you!

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post #40 of 42
Thanks again. One more question, I guess mostly for east coasters...is there a good "intro to racing" camp for adults? Anybody in PA area know of racing instructors that work with beginning adult racers?
post #41 of 42
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Thanks again. One more question, I guess mostly for east coasters...is there a good "intro to racing" camp for adults? Anybody in PA area know of racing instructors that work with beginning adult racers?


Welcome to EpicSki!  The best place to ask about racing in PA is probably the ongoing regional thread.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/142542/pa-de-sonj-2015-2016-thread - East PA

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/142548/2015-16-southeast-mid-atlantic-meetups-weather-nc-va-wv-west-pa-plus-sc-ga-tn-al-fl - West PA

post #42 of 42
Many thanks!
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