Why skiing keeps you young

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 12, 2009 7:49 am

Contrary to what many people believe, just because you qualify for AARP, or can get senior discounts at the movies, doesn’t mean you can’t learn to ski or snowboard. More and more people over 50 are learning these sports, many times because they want to be included with their children and grandchildren. It’s a great way to be involved with a big part of their lives. 56-year-old Jim Weede said, “When my daughters and grandson started taking ski vacations in Colorado, I figured it was time to join them. When I offered to pay for the condo, they let me.” Learning how to ski or snowboard also counters the boredom that many retirees feel.

Chiff.com’s opinion on the matter is that “skiing and snowboarding are life-long activities, largely because there is so much variety today. Beginners find non-intimidating gear, terrain and teaching methods that virtually guarantee they’ll be making turns in a day. New chairlifts and gondolas even make it easy to get to the top. Intermediates encounter performance products and learning styles that accelerate their abilities and push past plateaus. Advanced enthusiasts face freeskiing, terrain parks, telemark skiing and resorts opening lift-access extreme terrain to challenge their honed skills and thrills. Because of the diversity, extended families can play together on the mountain, and age is no barrier to having fun. According to the National Sporting Goods Association, alpine skiers aged 45 to 74 increased in numbers from about 1.1 million to 1.3 million between 2002 and 2003.”

A lot of ski resorts give free lift tickets to riders over 70. So, go ahead, get your movie discount AND your lift ticket discount. Who says you can’t teach and old dog new tricks?