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Those that are no longer young....an inspiration

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There have been quite a few threads about older skiers and those returning to the sport after a very long break.

Here’s an inspiration....

Picture the scene:

I get off the lift at Plaine Morte at 3000m and it’s blowing hard. Minus minus cold and loads of windchill. We are all clicking in quickly and getting off as fast as we can. I’m skiing inbounds by myself this morning and since we’re in low viz I decide to hook up behind some skiers. I scan the people around and yep, there are a pair who look about right - latest Picture gear, new model mid-fats, POC helmets, Oakleys - all the signals of people who know what they are doing. Can’t really tell their gender since goggles and buffs went on the moment they left the lift. Quite short in stature, probably local youths. They set off fast, so I keep them in visual range (which is not great today) and match their turns. Blimey, they are good. Tram tracks all the way down, fluid carving and fast as hell. It’s a pleasure to hang on to them, me not being intrusive, but hanging on. They pass the normal stopping points at the pinch areas, just hammer down and either bang bang bang short turns, or long carves. It’s just great. Finally, they ease up as we approach the crossing point to Toula, and pull to the side. They’ve pushed me, so I stop just above them. Now we are out of the wind and temps are bearable, they lower buffs and push up goggles to have a chat. I am more than a bit surprised when it’s clear that they can’t be a day under 70. Brilliant. I laugh inwardly. Maybe I could be that good at that age. Maybe.....
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Ah! . now I know my problem. Right age but wrong goggles.
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@pam w, yup. I knew there must be something. Looks like I need to change my helmet, too.
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Can't be a day under 70, and probably started when they were 7... That's where I went wrong Sad Trying to get that good when you only start rather later in life, however..?
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@Grizzler, My guess is that is exactly right. I started at 28, then stopped for a while, then got going again in my 40s. I am now well over that, and have been determined to improve technique while I still can - and fortunately its working. Requires focus and dedication, though. But the more technique, the better I am set up for later life. First cliff huck this Christmas. Went OK. And after a really intensive coaching day last Easter, my tracks this year were tramlines, not skids. Result.
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Grizzler wrote:
Can't be a day under 70, and probably started when they were 7... That's where I went wrong Sad Trying to get that good when you only start rather later in life, however..?


My guess as well, I left it about 30 years too late to start!
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Kooky was skiing with a gang of local good powder skiers/instructors off piste at Zauch when a tiny old lady asked if she could join them for a run as she was just demoing a pair of 120mm Bent Chetlers that dwarfed her. They all looked at each other, agreed (with the thought that the approx 75 year old might hold them back), then as they set off into the forest the mystery lady vanished into the trees at a rate of knots leaving them well behind Laughing
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valais2 wrote:
they can’t be a day under 70. Brilliant. I laugh inwardly. Maybe I could be that good at that age. Maybe.....


Not quite there yet but working on it, seven years to go.
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This guy is inspiring (and high class video to boot)...


http://youtube.com/v/9lpJSB9pd-s
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@valais2, our approach

1 you are born
2 you learn to walk
3 you learn to ski
4 you learn to ski some more
5 you die

c'est la vie
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Lovely story, however, I must pick you up on,

“ who look about right - latest Picture gear, new model mid-fats, POC helmets, Oakleys - all the signals of people who know what they are doing.”

No.

All the signals of ... “all the gear ... no idea”. (Picture? Really?)
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@under a new name, that’s my thought too.

Had they been rocking some narrow slalom skis, that might make more sense.
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@under a new name, ....c'mon UANN - you're on fats, surely.

....'round yer that gear is not 'no idea', its just gear....
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@valais2, mid fats no issue. You can’t tell the skier from the brands though. From the state of the kit? Maybe. From how they walk in boots for sure. Ski carriage/handling also useful clues. But brands? Meh.

Still a great story and I very much hope I startle some nippers that way in my dotage wink
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@under a new name, ...can see entirely where you are coming from. Mountain-biking is full of people 'with all the gear and no idea' and it can be really tedious, as you imply. I think there's a vibe though from skiers who are suffering the same thing ... top gear and then some item(s) which stands out as ill-matched....and definitely your comment re stance in boots and handling gear....
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@valais2, I absolutely love the story. But I can definitely say it wasn't my husband and I, we're in Tignes at the moment Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
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A few years ago we treated ourselves to a day's instruction in Davos, and our instructor invited us to the weekly ski school show that evening. She and two fellow instructors formed a team in one of the "competitions", combined age over 200.

She said that when she and her husband skied together, they would often finish by skiing off the top of Parsenn just twenty minutes before the train they intended to catch back from Kublis, 12 km distant (and about 2000m vertical).
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We had the Winter World Masters Games in Innsbruck the week before last - 3000 over 30 y/o athletes competing in 12 disciplines. Oldest ski racer was 87, and (IIRC) oldest figure skater was 83. Really really cool to see!


http://youtube.com/v/X5fGwAwUW_k
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