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.