I am writing fireside from the lodge of Mad River Mountain ski resort, www.skimadriver.com, as I have just come off the slopes from thoroughly enjoying skiing with 12-14 inches of fresh snow. I had the pleasure of sharing a chair lift ride with a woman 61 who explained to me she only learned how to snow ski in her 40’s. She is a member of the Columbus Ski Club and is riding to the top of the hill for her second run of a Tri State Slalom Race.
Snow skiing in your senior years may seemingly appear to be unrealistic, and if physically able, snow skiing is an excellent way to get out, get fresh air, get some exercise, socialize and have thrilling fun. Common sense of course prevails, stay in control within your capabilities, maybe stay off the moguls and no doubt clear of jumps, and keep your speed conservative.
Dr. Anthony Carter is an Orthopedic Surgeon and Chief Of Surgery at Mary Immaculate Hospital, was quoted in an Impact Lab article that “skiing is a low impact and aerobic exercise. In the past, patients would only come in for a joint replacement if they were experiencing major pain. Now, he says, patients often ask him to perform those surgeries just so they can maintain the high level of physical activity. Carter says, starting to ski in your 70s is a risk, but if you get clearance from your doctor, there’s no reason to sit out.”
Most resorts will offer seniors financial incentives. Snow Trails www.snowtrails.com which is 1 hour north of Columbus in Mansfield offers senior citizens special rates for weekdays. Arrival must be before noon. Age 62 and older is $5 off, age 70 and older is $20 off.
Central Ohio’s gentle hills can be ideal for senior skiers. If you would like to take on bigger challenges and enjoy classic winter get a ways, you have great options with in a 4 to 8 hour drive. To the north in New York State is Peak N Peak, and Holiday Valley. One of my favorites in western Pa. is Seven Springs, www.7springs.com, adults 80+ ski free, adults 70-79 receive half price off the regular rate.
So get out and enjoy life, and as always, keep moving!