Originally Posted by unclejoe900
These posts got me thinking,
After 10 years of not skiing and then jumping right back into it (Thanks to my kids!!), it feels like I never had a layoff. All I can think about is my next ski day. I feel like a kid again.
I'll refrain from the whin-age about age, until I have some cheese to go with it.
After 10 yrs away from the game, the re-entry has been a HUGE stoke, and making adjustments to the way things are now, has been fun.
I'm finding the 'altitude' thing to be more of an issue (being mostly a lowlander, near sea level for most of the year) than age attitude.
I just, yesterday, go back from 3 full days at Mammoth. Some of the best skiing and conditions I can ever remember. We had it ALL in that 3 days span.
Most obvious thing for me was the change and skiability of the NEW skis, meaning stuff which has come out within the last 3-4 yrs.
Having re-entered on 205 straights and then going to 8-10 yr old shapes was a huge and fun change; BUT having had 3 days on a big Mtn (and 1 day prior on the local hill- Mtn High) on a pair of Fischer Cold Heats (82 mm waist and 176 cm) was a TOTAL REVELATION!
THERE was nothing I couldn't ski on the Mtn, there was no condition which didn;t feel comfortable, there was nothing too steep to moguled, too chunked or cut up to phase these new boards; and closing the lifts became a daily thing, once again
I would have to say that these skis have taken maybe 15 - 20 years off the 'age' scale, for me.
If you're still skiin on 8-10 yr old shapers (or a full-on retro grouch and the 'straights' seem serviceable enough), do yourself a BIG favor.
Get out on the NEW All-MTN skis (78 mm+ waist, 82mm was the ticket and was moe betta for me...)
Itz a total cheat! You'll ride the snow wave like the best days of your youth!
The oneness with the Mtn and the winter world comes back in a big, almost tearfully joyous rush!