Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Staying Tough as a Geezer Skier

     We are approaching the Fourth Annual Geezer Skiers luncheon coming up next week Thursday.   We hope that we will have a good turn out of the geezer group and their companions.  And we are certainly welcoming all skiers to our luncheon since many of them are geezers in training.   We assume they will remain tough enough to continue enjoying the sport of downhill skiing.
    Along the line of staying tough as a geezer skier one has to adapt in style and behavior as the years go by.  I have just returned from a weekend with a daughter, son-in-law, and grand kids skiing at the infamous Mad River Glen in Vermont.   (Ski It If You Can).  I started skiing there in the early 1970's when I was a beginning skier who was on the verge of being a intermediate skier.   I was young enough and tough enough to survive terrain much beyond my abilities.  Fortunately there was enough terrain that I could ski comfortably.  However, when I got somewhat better, I tried skiing the trail called Paradise.   I survived it but it wasn't pretty.  Steep, narrow and rocks punctuated by ice covered moguls.
   Some forty years later, I am a much better skier than I was the 70's.   However,  I may be tough enough to ski Mad River but I am also wise enough to avoid the  steep, narrow and mogul trails that would be beyond my comfort zone.  Still, I am pleased to say that I can still go to Mad River and ski the blues and greens comfortably and have all the challenge I need.  Since Mad River is a relatively small area, I can ski with my super expert children and grandchildren and always end up at one of the two major lifts for the next run.  
    As I think about the past weekend, I believe that staying tough is both a mental and a physical endeavor.  Stay fit enough to meet the physical challenge and then maintain the confidence needed to negotiate the terrain and conditions on the mountain.
Departure from the single chair.

Easy way down from the single chair.

Great vista and terrain.

Family ready for the day.  Me, daughter, granddaughter, and son-in-law.

Lodge view up the double chair run.

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