Started by Badbark in Beginning Skiing - 91 Replies
Any advice would be welcome.
Do be aware that if they are not very fit, they will tire easily and their muslces will protest. As some wise person on here once said "get fit to ski, don't ski to get fit".
And they will inevitably fall down a lot, which shouldn't be a problem, hopefully.
Above all, it should be fun for all. I hope they catch the skiing bug.
I often share the lift with people in their seventies and eighties, who ski every day of the week in season, and stay fit in the summer, in order to be fit for winter. I think that's a different situation.
I took my mother cross-country skiing for the first time, when she was nearly seventy. It was a soft snow day, with nice flat groomed tracks. she loved it.
As you get older your joints generally stiffen up so you're less flexible, your bones break more easily, your brain works slower, you need more tea-breaks etc.
I think it's different if you've skied for years - then I think you can carry on ski-ing into old age - the same as you can carry on walking (hopefully!).
I think your mother is very brave, to try cross country ski-ing for the first time at the age of nearly 70 And I suppose it's not as dangerous as the usual sort of ski-ing, because it's more like walking on skis.
I had my first ski trip 3 years ago at 59 and am now obsessed - but I was still playing football every week.
Cross country skiing sounds a better option, but probably only if they do a fair amount of walking.
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