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Old 11-05-2011, 01:02 PM
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Well, for the first time in my life I'm going to Beech mountian N.C. to snow ski..Any tips? At 60 years old and retired I want to try new things..I will be going the 27th of Dec. Any advice I will sure welcome. I can't wait...
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Well, for the first time in my life I'm going to Beech mountian N.C. to snow ski..Any tips? At 60 years old and retired I want to try new things..I will be going the 27th of Dec. Any advice I will sure welcome. I can't wait...
If it was me I would in roll in ski school for the whole trip. Start off with a lesson in the am then go on after the instrutor ranks your ability.
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Well, for the first time in my life I'm going to Beech mountian N.C. to snow ski..Any tips? At 60 years old and retired I want to try new things..I will be going the 27th of Dec. Any advice I will sure welcome. I can't wait...

Is it your first time at Beech or your first time skiing ? Assume skiing....

#1 - Dont look like this

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I'm about your age; I would highly suggest snowboarding instead. As LJ said, take the lesson!!
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Beech has a bunny slope, and I use that term lightly because there's barely any slope to it at all, and then one run that I would say is suitable for beginners.

I would absolutely start off with some lessons just to get the hang of it before you attempt anything on your own. Not only will it help you get the fundamentals down under a watchful eye, it'll also prevent you from being "that guy" that slows everyone up in the chairlift line.
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There is skiing in NC?
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Is it your first time at Beech or your first time skiing ? Assume skiing....

#1 - Dont look like this

I gotta tell you.... I was worried that this was a pic of you!!!! Then I scrolled down.
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I gotta tell you.... I was worried that this was a pic of you!!!! Then I scrolled down.
I will get a "fart Bag" when I hit 70.... - Until that its Arctyrex for me

This is me and my middle child - Either the Beav or Snowmass few years ago -

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Take lessons and be prepared for it to be very crowded during xmas vacation. Some beginners have trouble with the lifts but Beech has a detachable quad which will make it easier. Go to NC mountains first to learn the basics then save up for a trip out west. You will then be amazed at the difference between western and eastern ski slopes.
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Thanks for the tips, I have never snow skied. I have heard about the bunny slope and think that will be a good start. I will do lessons in the morning and try the small slope in the afternoon. My goal is to come back in one piece.
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I'd recommend doing some leg work right now. Squats, lunges, etc. It will be a lot more enjoyable if you're in decent shape, otherwise your legs will be shakin' in short order. Not sayin' you aren't already in shape...

Once you get there lessons I suppose. Just do what you are comfortable with.
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Thanks for the tips, I have never snow skied. I have heard about the bunny slope and think that will be a good start. I will do lessons in the morning and try the small slope in the afternoon. My goal is to come back in one piece.
Bunny Slope is the place.... U will do fine.... Just try to relax and understand its like riding a bike - at first u feel u will never get it - then it just clicks - dont expect much from one trip - u may want to try snowboarding - I know it looks like its for kids - but I hear its easier on the legs once u pass the learning cruve...

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I'd recommend doing some leg work right now. Squats, lunges, etc. It will be a lot more enjoyable if you're in decent shape, otherwise your legs will be shakin' in short order. Not sayin' you aren't already in shape....
X2 - I do around 500 squats 3 or 4 days a week during ski season... Either use a medicine ball or no weight at all (bad knees) but it sure helps.....

Have fun...
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This is me and my 5 year old on Dawdler in Snowmass. He is getting a private lesson and I am tagging along. He says I look like the Jolly Green Giant with the jacket and giant skis!

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Unless you have surfed, I'd suggest sticking with skiing, especially with your timeframe. Skiing is a bit more intrinsic. Being a good beginner is mostly about stance. Stand tall, let your bones do the work. As soon as you squat a bit, you are using muscles for support, which makes it difficult to properly steer your feet, and causes almost immediate fatigue.

Stand up, clench your gluts, stick a dime between them, and don't drop the dime! That gives you an idea where your hips should stack, and what your posture should be like. As soon as the hips drop behind your feet, skiing is very difficult.

Woman tend to pick it up a bit quicker, as they not only listen, but tend to use better posture. Guys tend to think it is all about muscle. That's why there are bars with sports on, for the burned out guys!

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Dont go to NC - Go west Go west.
NC is very hit or miss. You may just have Mud to ski on
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Dont go to NC - Go west Go west.
NC is very hit or miss. You may just have Mud to ski on
I agree.... Once you ski out west you will never go back east. It is that impressive!

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I agree.... Once you ski out west you will never go back east. It is that impressive!

Skiing east of the Misssippi is, well, OK, but it can make you never want to ski again, that happened to me until I my wife made me go out west. One thing for sure take lessons, and do exercises to the top upper theigh mussels, they will burn, even on the bunny slopes.
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This is me and my 5 year old on Dawdler in Snowmass. He is getting a private lesson and I am tagging along. He says I look like the Jolly Green Giant with the jacket and giant skis!

She is right ......

Volkls ?

I used to tag along as well on kids lessons.... But I think they do better when we stay away...

My middle one (now 15) is a bomber... They are in the trees all day....

I am booked Dec 9-13 - Flights only .... May get down to Aspen if enough if open...

Few days at the St. Regis
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I used to tag along as well on kids lessons.... But I think they do better when we stay away...
Very wise! Kids defer to parents as the authority figure. Let them go on their own, and the lesson will be more productive. I've got quite a few friends who are excellent instructors if anyone is going to Vail, BC or Winter Park/Mary Jane.
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Spring for the private lesson.

Stay over the center of the skis. knees bent like shock absorbers. Knees over your toes and keep your upper body straight up over the middle of your feet. And DO NOT be afraid to fall when you get out of control. The faster you get going the more it will hurt.
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