Silver Skiers & Shredders

Seniors are one of the fastest growing groups of participants in winter sports. Most resorts, retail shops and travel services offer senior discounts for trips, equipment, lessons and lodging. We've put together some resources to show you where to look for deals, exercises to prepare you for the slopes, and who to look to for motivation.

Silver stars

Silver Skier: Lou Batori
At 100 years old Lou isn’t just skiing – he’s ski racing. Check out this video profile that includes footage of him hitting the race course.

Silver Shredder: Julian Vogt
At 78 years old, in 1989, Julian Vogt, who had taught skiing for twenty years, switched to snowboarding for a bit of a challenge. Now at 100 he still hits the slopes of Sunlight Mountain. Read more about his adventures on the slopes.

Get Involved With A program

Bumps for Boomers

Bumps for Boomers is a ski lesson program in Aspen, CO that focuses exclusively on teaching seniors mogul and powder skiing. Bumps for Boomers instructors refresh or introduce you to mogul and powder skiing with techniques that emphasize balance, control and safety over speed, minimizing fatigue and impact on the back and knees. Read more about the Bumps for Boomers program.

The Over the Hill Gang

The Over the Hill Gang is a vacation club with a focus on winter sports that’s been around for over 30 years. Membership includes deep group senior discounts at US and Canadian ski areas. You’ll receive newsletters and emails to keep you abreast of trips and tips. It also offers a great community and camaraderie amidst thousands of skiers 50+.

70+ Ski Club

The 70+ Ski Club was founded by Lloyd Lambert at age 76 when he saw seniors quitting skiing because they had no one to ski with or couldn’t afford it anymore! The group provides its 3000+ members with discounts, trips and group events to ski destinations around the world, and a newsletter to inform and inspire. The only requirements? You have to be 70+ years of age and have a love for the snow. Get more information and apply for membership online.

Travel Tips

AARP
AARP always offers the most robust list of senior benefits and discounts and is a great place to start. View their current benefits here.

Travel Necessities
No matter what your age or ability, there’s a list of basics all skiers and snowboarders need to bring on their snow sports vacation. Download our packing list to make sure you’re covered! And for more information, visit the Snowlink.com Travel Info section.

The Roaming Boomers
The Roaming Boomers provides ideas and discount information for seniors always on the move. Check out their current adventures, or view their feed below.

 

Getting Back Into It

Like any physical activity, skiing is best and most safely enjoyed if you’ve prepared beforehand with some stretching and strengthening exercises. Here are some resources that will help you prepare your most crucial muscles and joints for the mountain, both leading up to and immediately before you head to the hill:

Shape
Shape gets you ready for ski season

About.com
A great ski exercise overview from about.com.

Snowlink: Warm-Ups
Some warm-up exercises on Snowlink.com.