To spice things up, I administered the following quiz. There were ten ballots that I was able to collect.
GEEZER SKIER 10 YEAR QUIZ
(Circle True or False, or fill in the blank)
1. I have fallen at least once this ski season. True False
2. I started skiing at what age _____________.
3. What Geezer Skier do you think has been skiing for the most years? ____________
4. At least one of my grandchildren is a skier. True False
5. _____________ probably has the most days of skiing this year.
6. I have had a joint replacement. True False
7. My biggest ski fantasy is __________________.
9. What Greek Peak Staff person would you elect MVP this year?10. How many former geezer skiers can you name?
We shared our responses while waiting for our food and enjoyed hearing the different responses to the open ended questions as well as the numerical tabulations for the true-false questions.
Question 1. 70% percent had fallen at least once this season.
Question 2. The age of starting skiing ranged f rom 4 to 72. However the most dominant age for starting was late 20's to early 30's.
Question 3. I know that Allen B. probably took the cake since he started shortly after WWII and is now 92 but hung it up this year. Numerous others were mentioned where many of them have been skiing over 50 years and still going.
Question 4. 50% have at least one grandchild on the slopes.
Question 5. Among our group I have had the most ski days this year. As of yesterday 85. Among our group over 40 days of skiing is common.
Question 6. Only 2 of the 10 have had a joint replacement. Nice statistic. However I know of at least one not in attendance that has had a hip replacement. And note that all with these replacements are regular skiers.
Question 7. This was dream time. Some were looking to ski to 90+. Those that had not skied some of the big mountains would like to ski Vail, Stowe etc. We have one young geezer who really loves tree skiing. Many yearn for endless days of powder skiing. My fantasy is to be able to go helicopter skiing in untracked powder of British Columbia.
Question 8. 90% of us have had at least one surgery. I don't know who the lone soul that hasn't had a surgery. But God bless him for being so fortunate.
Question 9. Over many years we have made a plaque award to Greek Peak staff whom we most appreciate. No physical award this year but several people were identified as providing outstanding service from cleaning to lift loading to management. We like to encourage excellence at our home ski area.
Question 10. This was memory time for all those that have passed on to the moguls in the sky or have simply aged out of the sport they loved. We miss those friends with whom wet spent many companionable days on the slopes along with coffee breaks and lunches. If we were to compile a list of these bygone skiers it would likely add up to 30 to 40 individuals. This is a reminder we need to recruit the next generation of Tough Old Geezer Skiers.
We had our cake at the end of the lunch and we were happy to share a piece with a young lad of 5 or so who happened by our table in company of his mother. She was pleased to take a picture of the cake to share with her parents or maybe grandparents who were skiers in the geezer category. A delight to know that there a youngsters out there who will some day remember in their geezerhood a bunch of old guys having fun on the slopes.
It looks like we are done for the season. Much too early to suit me, but we will scatter to our off season activities and look forward to gathering again on the slopes in November! May global warming begin to be mitigated!
|Great Tasting Marble Cake|
|A Line Up of the Crew|
|Cutting the Cake - Doing the Honors|