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Old 01-08-2013   #1
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Just started skiing

So I am 26, and have been kayaking for over 3 years. I picked it up fast, and started running Class V clean early on. Sunday my current girlfriend talked me into skiing. I found out hands down it was pretty damn hard. I plan to go back Saturday, but I have a friend that says it is borderline impossible to learn to ski later in life. Thoughts?

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Old 01-08-2013   #2
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You can learn to ski. Start out easy on the bunny hill learning to snowplow and control your speed. Then start stepping it up. It's just like kayaking, the more you go, the better you get. It also might help to take a lesson. You will learn enough the lesson that you can progress on your own afterwards.

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Old 01-08-2013   #3
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yea man..... 26 is way too old. Don't do it.

Don't you know that at your age a broken hip is basicly a death sentence.
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Old 01-09-2013   #4
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I didn't start kayaking until I was over 30 and am comfortable on class 4 and have paddled some bigger stuff on occasion. Stick with it and follow above advice and you will get it.
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Old 01-09-2013   #5
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So, if you want to hate skiing, hate the people who love skiing, and generally experience divorce level emotions, let a friend try to teach you to ski. Take at least one lesson from someone who knows how to teach skiing. Take a few lessons if you can afford it.

Some would say "no offense intended to those awesome skiers who try to teach." I'm going the opposite route: Just because you're an awesome skier, hit the bc every weekend, and can shred the gnar doesn't mean you know shit about teaching a beginner. Worse, you probably suck at it which renders your efforts into poison. I've seen more people give up skiing because of a friend, not because they can't do it.
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Old 01-09-2013   #6
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I am a PSIA certified ski instructor, I have been teaching for over 23 years. I have had many clients that well were well into their 60's. Just last week I had a return client that will be celebrating her 80th birthday this year!

So, 26 is not going to be a problem. In fact I get a lot of folks in the 20-30 age range in my lessons. The biggest obstacle to learning isn't age but attitude. Kids learn fast because they are open to learning and don't bring a lot of mental baggage.

My advice it to ignore the comments of others and make your own decision. If skiing is of interest and you enjoy the challenge of learning a new skill then go for it. The fastest way to pick up new skills is to take lessons from a qualified professional.

Look at some of the smaller ski areas that have strong ski schools and cater more to the beginning skier. The 'Gems of the Rockies' resorts (Eldora, Cooper, Loveland, etc) don't have the big bump terrain of the large resorts instead they have acres of beginner and intermediate terrain with a strong focus teaching. At these smaller resorts you are able to save a few bucks and are more likely to be in a class of 5 instead of a class of 15. If you are able to take a lesson on a week day you might be the only one in your group, getting the one on one instruction of a private lesson at a group rate!
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Old 01-09-2013   #7
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Originally Posted by hojo View Post
So, if you want to hate skiing, hate the people who love skiing, and generally experience divorce level emotions, let a friend try to teach you to ski. Take at least one lesson from someone who knows how to teach skiing. Take a few lessons if you can afford it.
I agree with the advice about taking a professional lesson. Skiing is like kayaking in that it's best to learn proper technique early, rather than try and break bad habits later.
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Old 01-09-2013   #8
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I also agree with the sentiments of last two posters, take a lesson or three from a professional, not your friend, not the good meaning person who says they can save you some money and certainly not from your mom “rrr”. After skiing for a lot of years, teaching skiing for a number of years bla bla bla I can tell you that you will be way ahead by taking a lesson from a professional. Skiing can have a steep learning curve and can also be very humbling but if start with a strong foundation the sky is the limit. Good luck and have a great time.
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Old 01-09-2013   #9
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I've seen lessons work and fail, and same for friends teaching. You are certainly not to old to learn. Legit equipment makes a big difference, primarily boots which is your interface. Using packed out rental gear or borrowed gear isn't far off from trying to kayak without thigh braces.
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Getting good at snowboarding is easier than getting good at skiing.

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