Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
If you never skied before or if has been decades since your last downhill you might consider taking up the sport. I know it may seem like an upward climb, but if you ever had the urge then let’s get to it. Where to start:
Buy Modern Equipment
New clothes are designed to keep you warm and comfortable. You need not look like a panda in a snowsuit. Ski technology has come a long way. They make better clothes, better skis and better boots so take advantage of that and buy modern stuff. If you have old gear, get rid of it.
Get in Shape
This may be the toughest part. If you want to ski you must get in decent shape. Skiing takes effort but the rewards are many. Getting in shape for skiing may be the best thing you can do. Once you are in shape then skiing will only get you in better shape. Win, Win!
This is imperative. A professional ski instructor will make the entire experience fun and will remove a lot of the frustration you get when you try to learn on your own. You will learn the correct and safe way to ski.
Now get out there and ski! Like every other skill the more you practice the better you get at it. The better you are, the more fun you get out of skiing. An added bonus – depending on your age you can get nice senior discounts at most locations.
Ski in and around Lehigh Valley
Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center sits on more than 330 acres of scenic land. The resort features skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing winter activities. bcmountainresort.com/winter/
Blue Mountain, located in Palmerton, Pa. features the highest vertical in Pennsylvania at 1082 feet, not to mention the 5 Terrain Parks, 37 trails on 162 acres, and 21 slides in the tubing park! There is something for all ages, so don’t miss the fun! skibluemt.com/
Camelback Mountain Resort, located in the Poconos, Pa, is among the best when it comes to fantastic winter fun! Try all of the 34 trails lit for night skiing, as well as the snowtubing. Watch as these snowboarders use what Camelback has to offer! skicamelback.com/
Jack Frost and Big Boulder, another ski destination close to the Lehigh Valley, is located in the scenic mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania. There is a new glade riding area for beginners, and a new glade park for the snowboarders and freeskiers as well. fbb.com/
Shawnee Mountain, also located in the Poconos, has a new Tomahawk Express Quad to serve as Shawnee’s flagship ski lift, located along the Tomahawk trail. The new Tomahawk Express will send skiers and riders 3100′ to the summit in just 3 minutes. www.shawneemt.com
Many of these resorts offer discounts to seniors. Check their websites or call to get the latest information.