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post #1 of 11
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...are there (m)any other new senior basic patrollers out there?  ...who hit 65, as I did in November, before earning NSP certification?

I'd have won my jacket last winter, but I cracked three ribs six weeks before the test, resumed training in three, but couldn't get cleared for our patrol's pre-test.  We're a small local resort, but our trainers are tough, testy and proud, so nobody gets sent up to Region for the S&T without first passing tougher local muster.

I wasn't keen on another year of training, but that made passing all the sweeter Sunday. That's when our training director confided that he didn't pass his senior OEC til the third try.

Inspired by our post-test celebration, I called the wife with the good news that I'd next start senior training. And of course she replied, "Nope -- you're already a senior patroller."  (ba-da-bummmppp!)

Most fellow patrollers my age are in fact senior patrollers, including my shift leader today -- and she's got three years on me.  A couple are in their 70s and two in their 80s. One of them, the region's general counsel, still practices law five days a week. The other, a 10th Mountain vet who's also PSIA L3, could ski circles around me.

And, yes, every one of them does annual refreshers, inc. lift evac and toboggan handling, like everyone else.

This is just my third season seriously back on skis since my first knee surgery in 1981. Two more that decade brought brief relief, but with both knees bone-on-bone since the '90s, the only remedy for progressive deterioration and pain came four years ago, six months post-retirement, with a bilateral (simultaneous) total knee replacement.

Resuming skiing -- pain-free -- was an unexpected bonus, a wintry sort of "second spring," as active aging Boomers say.

I'm six weeks too old for that storied generation. But with my new knees, I've got a couple of un-skied decades to catch up on.
Edited by CycleBob - 2/4/10 at 8:10pm
post #2 of 11
Well, congratulations! You've dealt amazingly well with your challenges.  You stand as an example - I'm only 57.    
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
<<...I'm only 57...>>

If 65 is the new 50, then you must be early 40s, right? 
post #4 of 11
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<<...I'm only 57...>>

If 65 is the new 50, then you must be early 40s, right? 

I dunno.  This picture of me was taken during one of my "senior breaks" last year - I think I can see a gray hair or two:
post #5 of 11
Congrats.  Remember it is all about having fun.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
"...all about having fun."

Yes, definitely.  It's all fun, now that I don't have to spend any more Sunday mornings doing square/box turns with the toboggan and 2-3 instructors yelling. 

We got our first really good dump of the year this week, 8-10 inches. That was Tuesday and we didn't groom (for the local powder hounds). So Wednesday we had lots of guests (schools were closed) but the light was flat and the snow was inconsistent -- little patches of powder, some packed and, where the boarders had been, scraped, shaved and icy. 

Went back for my regular shift Thursday and snow was superb, ditto sunshine and lift-lines.  We we were hosting H.S. regional races but fortunately patrol had very little business.
post #7 of 11
I finished my training and got my jacket last year (09) in Australia at the age of 72. I get to patrol about 15-20 days a season and free ski about the same number plus we have just returned from a month in Taos and Telluride.
post #8 of 11
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...are there (m)any other new senior basic patrollers out there?  ...who hit 65, as I did in November, before earning NSP certification?

I'd have won my jacket last winter, but I cracked three ribs six weeks before the test, resumed training in three, but couldn't get cleared for our patrol's pre-test.  We're a small local resort, but our trainers are tough, testy and proud, so nobody gets sent up to Region for the S&T without first passing tougher local muster.

I wasn't keen on another year of training, but that made passing all the sweeter Sunday. That's when our training director confided that he didn't pass his senior OEC til the third try.

Inspired by our post-test celebration, I called the wife with the good news that I'd next start senior training. And of course she replied, "Nope -- you're already a senior patroller."  (ba-da-bummmppp!)

Most fellow patrollers my age are in fact senior patrollers, including my shift leader today -- and she's got three years on me.  A couple are in their 70s and two in their 80s. One of them, the region's general counsel, still practices law five days a week. The other, a 10th Mountain vet who's also PSIA L3, could ski circles around me.

And, yes, every one of them does annual refreshers, inc. lift evac and toboggan handling, like everyone else.

This is just my third season seriously back on skis since my first knee surgery in 1981. Two more that decade brought brief relief, but with both knees bone-on-bone since the '90s, the only remedy for progressive deterioration and pain came four years ago, six months post-retirement, with a bilateral (simultaneous) total knee replacement.

Resuming skiing -- pain-free -- was an unexpected bonus, a wintry sort of "second spring," as active aging Boomers say.

I'm six weeks too old for that storied generation. But with my new knees, I've got a couple of un-skied decades to catch up on.
 


Bob,
First congratulations - and glad you can join us as a patroller - see you are from Mi. - in this photo there are 4 Mi patrollers on vac in utah, spring of 2009. ages(at the time) left to right 65, 64, 74 and 60. Combined years of active patrolling is greater than 125 years, two with Nat'l Numbers and two Basic patrollers. We have been skiing on the same team at our present home area for over 20 yrs and individually skiing at different area's prior to that. I'm sure you will find friends with the patrol that last and last and last....................... again Congratulation's
2009 Utah Team Tuesday 006.jpg
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Steve:

Nice to hear from you and to see pic of you and friends in Utah last April. Where do you all ski and patrol back here in Michigan?

With our early quit this year (March 9) I've been in deep withdrawal and decided only last week against heading out to Snowbird for this week's PEC. But I assure you it's already on my calendar for next year.  Lord, have they had the snow this month?

You probably know Nycha Schlegel, who was one of my OEC instructors. She's spent three weeks each April at Snowbird for many years and now works at the lodge there after retiring last fall.

Nych says she's never had a bad April in Utah and this month has been tormenting all her MI friends with Facebook updates on her daily vertical totals and the new fresh overnight.

BTW I'm impressed, Steve -- you and your friends at Brighton have some serious NSP time!  As I'd mentioned, I had skiied very little since my first knee surgery in '81, so this is all gravy or payback for me.   In the mid-60s I'd actually skiied at Aspen before Boyne and decided to head back out there, ski bum for a year to get Colorado residency then enroll at CU. About that time, however, a little thing called the Gulf of Tonkin Incident transpired, the draft boards got real busy and I ended up spending 3.5 years in Hawaii w/USAF.

So, as I've said, now it's all payback. ;)
post #10 of 11
Bob, to answer your ??
Swiss Valley, little area in southwest part of the state.
Don't know or never met Nycha. Although I was a WEC & then a OEC IT, I leave it to the younger crowd now.
The shortest one in the pic. is presently at home recovering from a knee replacement and her goal is to be skiing next season. I have no doubt that she will make it, since she specifically scheduled it to be between ski seasons.
I know what you mean about the Gulf of Tonkin thingy - I spent 4 yrs in the Navy including a deployment with the Tonkin Gulf Yacht  Club.
post #11 of 11


It's not grey!  With that light, the camera is simply unable to properly render your brilliant blond locks!

 

I should know.  cameras are simply unable to image my hair in any way.  However, when the Philistines see my picture, the have the nerve to call me bald!   Oh, the humanity!

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I dunno.  This picture of me was taken during one of my "senior breaks" last year - I think I can see a gray hair or two:
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