Let’s hit the slopes!
As one of the most active and health-conscious states, Colorado is often regarded as one of the best places to retire. More and more research suggests that those who eat well and exercise can stay active well into their golden years, and if you’re in Colorado, that’s a very good thing. Because Colorado not only offers a host of benefits like great health care providers, but seniors can get a National Park Pass for $80, as well as incredible discounts at many ski resorts.
And if you’re a senior skier, or you’re itching to give the sport a try, here’s everything that you’ll need to know!
Ask your doctor if he or she thinks your fit to be at altitude.
Being at altitude can be hard on young, perfectly healthy people, let alone seniors. In older adults, it can exacerbate certain respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, so it doesn’t hurt ask your doctor what they recommend when it comes to high-altitude exercise. Always drink water when you’re thirsty to help stay hydrated, too — that’ll help you avoid deep vein thrombosis.
Shop around for a pass.
Whether you’ve been skiing a few times or you’re new to the sport, it can’t hurt to shop around for the ski pass to fit your needs. Just this year, I found out that the Super Senior (69+) Pass at Monarch ski area is just $20! Kids also seem to get great deals, making skiing a great activity to do with the grandkids.
Wear a helmet and ski within your limits.
Chances are that helmets weren’t fashionable when you started skiing, but this is just good advice for anyone who wants to go down the mountain. Also, the easier runs will be a little bit easier on your knees.
If you haven’t already, buy modern gear.
Like everything else, ski technology has come a long way and most things can be fit to you. Not only will modern boots and skis (or a snowboard!) make skiing easier, you’ll be more comfortable by the day’s end.
Pro tip: If you’ve never been skiing, check out Lee Canyon. It’s an hour outside of Vegas (yes, Nevada), but they offer a complimentary intro session.
What are your thoughts? Do you have any skiing tips for us? If so, let us know in the comments below!