One would think if you have lived into your 80's you would have learned to avoid perilous situations. However, when it comes to skiing, I still have a lot to learn. My avid pursuit of skiing sometimes overwhelms my common sense. I wonder if that is true for other geezer skiers? Probably many of them have more sense than I do.
Case in point is my ski adventure today. I have been wanting to go to a change of venue at Toggenburg Ski Area in lieu of my usual day at Greek Peak. Over night we had a snowfall of several inches of fairly wet stuff. In my stupidity I thought that it would be skiable. Several of my companions decided to bow out of the excursion so the intrepid Tim was the youngster that joined me.
After donning boots and gearing up we headed up the slope. Although the snow was wet the skis were not sticking. However, this geezer immediately became tentative and I found I was having a tough time turning even though I really had the right skis for the conditions. Unfortunately I really didn't have it and had an early but mild crash. Tim helped me unlatch the boots and I was able to collect myself enough to get down the slope. A one and done day.
I hope I have learned enough of a lesson from today to know when fold them and avoid going beyond my capability. I should be thankful, that I can still participate in the sport at my age. But I still have some of that 20 year old invincibility that drives me to do foolish things.
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