It is nice to have perspective on advances in technology. If you have lived into geezer territory you have seen a lot of change. Especially if you are an octogenarian. Geezer skiers surely have benefited from the development of shaped skis along with just about everybody else on the slopes. Many of us can also remember the days when bindings were quite primitive and leg fractures we commonplace. Also from the point of view of safety, the development of comfortable safe and effective ski helmets is a boon. We also must be grateful for the advances in snow making technology that enables snow making for efficiently even at higher temperatures.
Beyond skiing we are also blessed with a plethora of technological advances in computing, medicine, automotive safety and so on. This post has been prompted by my use our newest toys! My wife and I took delivery of e-bikes this past Tuesday. It took some time to assemble them since they were shipped from the west coast. Today we enjoyed a neighborhood ride as we adjusted to this new bike technology. What a great joy it is to have power assist on the hills. I have ridden a ten speed mountain bike in the past and when I was in my 60's I could downshift and pedal up the hills with reasonable speed. Now in my 80's that is not as easy. Thus my old mountain bike has been donated to charity along with my wife's beach bike. We are both thrilled with our new machines and once again can enjoy rides without the agony of challenging hill climbs.
I am truly pleased with the advances in battery and control technology that breathes new life into getting out the road with a bicycle. And this activity can also be another mode of conditioning for the arrival of ski season.