As we get older, listening to the needs of our bodies becomes more and more important. But we shouldn’t get caught up in the stigmas and so-called restrictions that come with age. Just as doctors and health experts recommend regular exercise for older adults, picking up a new hobby or continuing to practice a long-beloved sport is never a bad idea.
Seniors Who Ski
When it comes to skiing, the senior age bracket of 65 years and older holds 16% of the industry, and is the only age range that has maintained continuous growth in a demographic survey conducted by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) from 2004 to 2014.
Where to Find Discounted Passes
In case you needed more of an excuse to hit the slopes this winter, over 130 ski resorts across the United States and Canada offer free or deeply discounted lift passes for seniors, in most cases ages 70 and over. SeniorSkiing.com compiles a yearly list of all U.S. and Canadian resorts offering specials to senior skiers, complete with a minimum age requirement and a link to that resort’s website for more information.
State With the Most Senior-Loving Resorts
New Hampshire takes the lead with the most senior-loving ski resorts in the United States. Eleven resorts offer deeply discounted season passes, including the popular Cranmore Mountain Resort and Bretton Woods, which offer skiers aged 80 and older season passes for a mere $30 and $25, respectively. Michigan, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania follow close behind, with no less than six resorts each that offer senior slope discounts.
With most adult season passes for ski resorts climbing toward the $1,000 range, these types of discounts are an astounding deal. So whether the snowy hills and chairlifts are old friends, or you’re strapping on skis for the very first time, you might want to take advantage of your senior status and hit the slopes on the cheap. Just make sure you dress for the cold, wear a helmet, and don’t ignore any health issues that may prevent you from having a fun and safe time in the snow.