Senior skiers in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and even 90s are invading the ski resorts around the country in increasing numbers, especially during the middle of the week. These aren't new skiers but veterans of the slopes who have now found the time in retirement to ply their trades at a more accelerated pace than ever before in their lives.
During the 2006-07 ski season the author contacted over 80 senior skiers from ages 55 to 88 who responded in detail to 14 questions about their skiing. The questions ranged from where they ski, how they are able to ski at their ages, and a number of different issues they face as older skiers. Combining his own experiences as a skier of over 50 years along with comments and opinions from experts and other writers, the author has presented a breezy, light-hearted journalistic approach to the topic of senior skiers.
The 80 skiers become his panel for a discussion of various topics. What they have to say is very revealing. Senior skiers in many ways are no different from their younger counterparts, yet a careful examination reveals some stark differences in their approaches to this physically challenging sport.
These seniors present an inspirational story that older people can continue to pursue difficult physical challenges well after most of out society believes they should be able to do so. This inspiration is a model for people of all ages to never cease pursuing goals in their lives, no matter how old they become.