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To those who are afraid they won't be able to ski after they retire...

post #1 of 10
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...cuz they will be too old

 

This is cool.

 

I've seen this guy at my local hill. I didn't realize he was an instructor...or that he was 87.

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DODGE RIDGE HONORS FRANK BORREGO
At 87, Borrego was honored Sunday with a Dodge Ridge lifetime achievement award
April 2, 2009 PINECREST, Calif. – When Frank Borrego started skiing at Dodge Ridge in 1954 he wore wool pants and had 8 foot long wood skis. Today Frank proudly wears the Dodge Ridge Snowsports School uniform and has short, shaped skis. From wool pants to the waterproof clothing of today, Frank has skied every season in between.
At 87 Frank Borrego is one of the oldest ski instructors in the U.S. He became a ski instructor when he retired from teaching school in Tuolumne County and has spent the last 18 years sharing his love of the outdoors and skiing. After this season he will retire from his position as a ski instructor but not from hitting the slopes himself. “I will continue skiing until I drop. If I don’t stay active, I’ll get dull and I don’t want to be dull,” said Borrego.
Sunday, April 5th Frank and Sally Helm, owners of Dodge Ridge, honored Borrego with a lifetime achievement award for his years of service to Dodge Ridge. “Frank has always been such a professional, and his kindness to the skiing public and our other employees is something we are very proud of,” says Sally Helm, CEO and President. “I will miss seeing Frank in our Dodge Ridge uniform, but happy he will still come up to take a few runs,” said Frank Helm.
“As I get older, I realize that Dodge Ridge has been a special place in my life,” Borrego recalled.
 
 
 
 
post #2 of 10

I skied with my dad a couple times this season. He's now 86. And more often than not, he is not the oldest skier we run into during the day.

post #3 of 10

I saw a number of 75+ skiers at Copper last week, many on 70's and 80's gear. Back in '75 there was a 70+ free-dogger doing ballet with the rest of the younger 'doggers. I plan on skiing until long after I can't walk any more.

post #4 of 10

I couple of years back I did a few bump runs  with a guy I thought was in his early 60s. Nope he was 72 years old.  His skiing was very smooth fluid and dare I say graceful on a rather steep and challenging bump run

post #5 of 10

A ski buddy of mine was on the lift talking to an 80+ year old guy (instructor/former instructor) about what she had learned in the last lesson she took (quite some time before).  She got off the lift and skied off a ways and he skied up to her and asked if she'd like a few pointers.  She was thrilled.  So he spent about an hour or so helping her and wouldn' t take anything for his kindness.  When she ran into me a little while later, she was raving about how lucky she'd been and how this guy had really helped her!  Not sure how many 80+ instructors/former instructors there are.....but know that your kindness in helping skiers here and there is SO appreciated!!!!

post #6 of 10

This weekend was the MS 150 from Houston to Austin. It's the oldest MS 150 ride in the country(although the Tully ride start in Houston makes the ride 180 miles). I've ridden it 3 times. Time number 2, we were told of the oldest rider, still riding strong at the age of 88. Age is an atitude, you think "old", you are "old". Of course, it helps to stay in shape on your way to an advanced chronologic age....

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This weekend was the MS 150 from Houston to Austin. It's the oldest MS 150 ride in the country(although the Tully ride start in Houston makes the ride 180 miles). I've ridden it 3 times. Time number 2, we were told of the oldest rider, still riding strong at the age of 88. Age is an atitude, you think "old", you are "old". Of course, it helps to stay in shape on your way to an advanced chronologic age....


In my line of work I deal with the aged. To say that today's 85 is yesterday's 65 is true.
 

 

Fact is; if you chose to, there is an 80% chance that you will be skiing at 80 or beyond. But you have to make choices at 50 or 60. Or earlier. Nutrition, physical activity, mental activity, socialization and a positive mindset.

 

While it is true that one can experience a life altering event (stroke, accident or cancer) the rest of us can stay active by choice and effort.

 

I think that someone who says "I'll probably be too old to ski at 65" will indeed be so.

 

 

post #8 of 10

I think this has probably been posted before, but here is a link about Sunshine's Trapper Jerry.

 

http://www.edmontonsun.com/SpecialSections/SnowScene/2009/02/19/8453936.html

post #9 of 10

 

Morrning of March 26, 2009 ~ 8:00am local

4 Friends, Midwesr Patrollers, members of Team Tuesday and mature, Just on a Utah vacation

Left to Right: Age 65, Age 64, Age 75. Age <61>

 

Afternoon of March 26,2009: Look closely at bottom left corner of pic - age 64 is leading the way for age 65, I'm either resting or stopped to take a picture, huh, I can't remember, but I can still ski.

post #10 of 10

 

my dad is 69 and can out ski me easily.

 

now, he's got 30 years of skiing over me and i have about 100 days total since i started skiing in 2002; but i'd have thought i'd be close to his level by now.

 

 

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