4 Tips For Skiing Over 50

This Post Was Originally Published on the Liftopia Blog on March 14, 2016 by Mark Crone; updated March 5, 2020

I started skiing at the age of 6 and I’m now well above 50. My first boots had laces; my skis had screw-in edges and ski straps; my poles had leather strap baskets. A lot has changed since then – and thankfully.

If you are well under 50, you may be thinking, “this has nothing to do with me,” but it will at some point. You will hit the magical age of 50.

If you are indeed over 50, the fork in the road may be “you do ski” or “you would like to ski”. Either way, read on. Here are my 4 tips for skiing over 50:

A skier starting a turn
Photo by Mati Mango on Pexels.com

1. Get Modern

Above, I described my first set of ski gear. When I’m at the hill, I still see people in purple ski suits (from the 70s), rear-entry boots and 200 cm. skis. Now “Throwback Thursdays” are one thing, but… modern ski clothing provides warmth, durability and weather resistance.

Ski technology makes skiing easier (if you are old enough, think “before parabolic skis”). Get into your local ski equipment shop and talk to an experienced professional. They’ll fit you for boots (literally) and set you up with the best pair of skis for you based on your ability, normal terrain and your budget.

2. Get Fit

Skiing is tough work and you need to be in some kind of “ski fit” condition to really enjoy yourself. I’ve talked about it in another post for Liftopia – “How To Get Ready For The First Day Of The Ski Season”.

As a Ski Patroller, and someone who is over 50, I ski all day. It’s a given that I’ll be tired the next day (as I am today) but you need to have enough stamina during the ski day to enjoy your time on the slopes (be it a half day, full day or ski vacation).

Skiing is great exercise and requires at least some strength and flexibility. As you get older, it gets much tougher to get up if you fall. But it’s tougher still to get up if you aren’t in shape.

3. Get Lessons

It’s never too late to learn to ski. Lessons are an absolute necessity if you are learning to ski at any age. A professional ski instructor will make learning to ski fun and help you to master the basics and stay safe. You’ll enjoy yourself and look forward to a good time on the slopes.

Even if you have skied for a while, or are coming back to skiing, a “tune up” lesson, clinic or program is a great way to re-start and improve your skills.

4. Get Out There

The “over 50” market is a big one and a growing one for the ski industry. Websites, equipment, clothing, lessons and more are all geared to “north of 50”. There are “over 50” ski clubs and groups (regular clubs, clubs for singles, seniors clubs) to ski in a group and socialize afterwards. There are “over 50” ski holidays offered by some ski clubs and ski tour operators. Liftopia has you covered for great deals on lift tickets when you buy in advance and if you are over 65, they have senior prices too. There are no excuses!

Above all…

Ski at your own pace and on the terrain that you feel most comfortable on. If you skied when you were young, the exhilarating mogul runs and double black diamonds may now be a thing of the past. But you can still have a great day of fresh winter air, physical exercise and great skiing. When you get tired, simply call it a day. Go back to the ski lodge, get a hot drink and sit by the fireplace to warm up. There’s always tomorrow…


12 thoughts on “4 Tips For Skiing Over 50

  1. allofbritnee March 8, 2020 / 11:43 am

    Omg I would love to learn how to ski. I have to add skiing to my bucket list.

    • markstraveljournal March 8, 2020 / 11:44 am

      Get out there, take lessons and you will learn with confidence! Thanks for the comments.

  2. World In Eyes March 9, 2020 / 12:55 am

    Great Experience of Skiing after 50, You are looking too young …..

  3. Andrea Capone March 9, 2020 / 12:22 pm

    I’m from PA and used to ski when I was young. After I had children I was afraid to ski because I thought, “If something happens to me who will take are of my children”? My youngest graduates in a few months and I thought, “Maybe I’ll try skiing again.” Your post was very inspirational and it encouraged me to find snow outside of PA to try. Thanks!

    • markstraveljournal March 9, 2020 / 12:42 pm

      Thank you very much. I hope you do get out there. It’s great fun!

    • markstraveljournal March 9, 2020 / 5:49 pm

      Thanks. These tips really apply to everyone of any age. I love skiing! Give it a try sometime!

  4. nortoncharity March 29, 2020 / 9:58 am

    Great post! I have actually never been skiing before. I have always been too scared to. But I need to try it sometime!

  5. Holly April 12, 2020 / 9:18 am

    Great post! I’ve actually never gone skiing before, it’s something I would like to try at some point in my life although I think I’d find it a little scary.


  6. Leif Price August 16, 2020 / 11:29 pm

    Interesting read! Thanks for sharing these great tips, Mark!

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