We need to adjust our skiing to our age.

Some readers will probably react with a “Mind your own business,” and that’s fine.

But I keep running into too many people beating themselves up on skis: either forcing old bodies to ski like they did when they were young, or not knowing how to adjust to a more age-appropriate technique.

Several years back I was skiing with a contemporary in her sixties. She skied like she did as a college racer. Impressive, but way to fast for my taste. I waited a long time at the bottom of a bumpy Snowbird trail where her husband met me after patrol had put her into the sled. Broken leg.

I tell everyone I ski with that I ski slowly. I turn a lot, aspiring to graceful form. There are two downsides: it can be tiring, and it makes me vulnerable to being struck by a speed demon. I frequently glance uphill. A few weeks ago while linking tight turns at trail’s edge, I glanced back and saw a youngish boarder on my tail. “Thanks,” she called out. “I enjoyed following your turns.”

Epic Pass Additions

The Vail-owned bundled pass has added Crested Butte, Okemo, and Mount Sunapee for next season.

Boyne Aquiring 6 Areas

They are: Brighton (UT), Cypress Mountain (BC), Loon (NH), Sugarloaf (ME), Sunday River (ME), and The Summit at Snoqualmie (WA).

Harlem Globetrotter on Skis

Globetrotter, Bucket Blakes took a lesson at Arapahoe Basin to promote the team’s March 16 – March 18 Colorado tour. The resulting short video is a refreshing treat.

Colorado

Copper Mountain will upgrade two of its Center Village lifts. American Eagle will become a combination gondola/chairlift. American Flyer will become 6-passenger high-speed bubble chair.

Winter Park will replace its Zephyr Express quad with a gondola.

Montana

Big Sky will replace its Ramcharger quad with North America’s first eight-passenger chair. The new lift, to be ready for next season, will have heated seats and blue bubbles. The older, high-speed Ramcharger will replace the much slower Shedhord double chair.

Quebec

Mont Tremblant will replace its Lowell Thomas chair with a detachable quad. Its main summit lodge, Le Grand Manitou, will be expanded.

 Vermont

Snow gods seem to be favoring the Green Mountain State. Six to seven feet have fallen since beginning of the month. Great time to plan a Spring Skiing trip. This weekend will be filled with green snow and green beer as Vermont areas celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Killington, part of the IKON pass, will continue to offer discounts on its season pass for seniors, 65-79. The pass for 80+ is essentially free (nominal processing fee required).

Stratton will replace its Snowbowl chair with a high-speed detachable.

High Fives Foundation

Jan and Judy Brunvand with their special edition Parlor Skis

Frequent contributor Jan Brunvand sent in this photo with his wife, Judy, holding her special edition High Fives Foundation Parlor Skis. Parlor gives 15% of its High Fives design sales to the non-profit which helps injured athletes reach their recovery goals. Jan is holding the trout skis Parlor made for the American Museum of Fly Fishing.

16 Comments

  1. Thanks for your little message, Jon. Have fun, be safe. Love yourself and learn to love others. I’ll bet she still loves skiing and will be back at it asap. Maybe she learned something about the speed of going slow. Thanks for sharing your joy on the mountain.

    • Jon Weisberg says:

      Thanks for the comment, Ray. Remember Simon and Garfunkle’s “59th Street Bridge” song? For older skiers like ourselves, it may be more productive to count turns instead of vertical feet. Jon

  2. Herb Gliick says:

    Why go fast? So you can spend more time on a lift?

    BTW: Any Boston area skiers out there interested in sharing the drive to Loon’s cheap/free lift tickets?

  3. Brad Huggins says:

    Thanks Jon. I’m 62, just had my second knee replacement. Skied in January at Vail, Beaver Creek, and Keystone. Had to “plan” my left turns cause of the bad right knee. Skied mostly green, easier blue. Caught myself wondering “if this is worth it”. Each day got better, the last day at Keystone with great snow and skis, long greens and blues from the top was awesome! Yes, skiing slower to moderate speeds in beautiful weather on great terrain and snow is absolutely worth it! It will be even better next year when I can turn both directions without thinking about it!
    Thanks for the reassurance that we keep skiing and not get hurt!
    Brad

    • Jon Weisberg says:

      Keep it up, Brad, and congratulations on the new knee. Jon

    • Connie Grodensky says:

      Brad, you will LOVE skiing pain-free! I’ve had two knee replacements (2013 and 2015), and have never felt better! I had each done in the early spring so I could get back to skiing in January, and it IS worth it! Enjoy, and happy trails! (I live full-time near Mt. Bachelor, age 64, and go up when the sun is shining and the mountain is near empty!)

  4. When my ski shop told me my K2 Apache Recon skis were 10 years old and he could no longer service my bindings he offered a pair of demos for me to try. One day on the Atomic Vantage X80s I was convinced. Instead of huffing and puffing and stopping to rest on each run I was skiing non stop in my old form and enjoying it more. The newer equipment sure makes a difference.

  5. william tidmore says:

    just returned from Big Sky skiing groomed blues ie, Horseshoe 3.1 miles , an awesome mountain, big enough to dilute all ages. I’m 75 with one eye and as I ski more technical I ski with more GS turns. Each year will it be my last? I am a retired radiologist so I understand injuries. The beauty of skiing is the dance on snow and the fellowship with my wife. Slow down just a little, pick your trails, and live injury free to ski another year.
    Bill Tidmore

  6. Bruce Lund says:

    I’m 85 years old and after not skiing much for three years ( Knee and hip replacement, chronic bad back) I finally skied again this year. I quickly discovered that I could not ski with my buddies but that I could ski slower and with more precision. Greens and moderate blues are great!! . The one difference is that I may have to seek a new group. One hint – as we age, balance sometimes becomes a problem. In previous years I worked on strengthening my legs. It finally dawned on me that it was my balance that was not good!!

    • Jon Weisberg says:

      Bruce, Lots of PT balance specialists and commercial products around. I hope the balance improves! Jon

  7. Chris Stannard says:

    At 80 I did two things, I bought Lito Teja-Flores short book on soft skiing, it coincides with much the way I was taught to ski anyway having started late, but it really has some very useful tips.
    My second action was to have a long conversation with the support guys at Atomic on the skis I should now be on, my trusty Blackeyes are just to heavy and stiff. It doesn’t have to be Atomic, pick your favourite maker and they will help and get on a lighter more flexible ski that will take less out of you.
    PS: Cost these days confirms me to Europe so I miss the West coast mountain snow

    • Jon Weisberg says:

      Good advice, Chris. You may want to read our “Best Skis For Senior Skiers” guide. It can be found by clicking “Community/Subscriber Only Content” and scrolling until it appears. Jon

  8. R L Dick Brooks says:

    I turned 80 in July, and when skiing with my dear friend, Clark,we seem to push each other. Speed is wonderful and I feel I’m skiing better now than when I started at 60.
    I head to Squaw to participate in the NASTAR National GS Championships in the a.m.
    KEEP UP YOUR GREAT NEWS LETTER,Dick Brooks Purgatory Co. and Houston Tx.

  9. Marty Greenberg says:

    I ski at Hunter Mountain in New York. they are doing some type of expansion but not a lot of information is available. Could you find out about it?

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