There is snow on the slopes of Pennsylvania, and Jay Lloyd looks at a getaway where old dogs learn new tricks.
By Jay Lloyd
KYW Newsradio 1060
Despite the recent weather, it really is winter in Pennsylvania.
“Bringing grandchildren out is one of the best motivators for these senior skiers,” says Jim McHale, a veteran Pennsylvania ski instructor who has taught many active senior citizens how to enjoy an invigorating, fun-filled day on the slopes.
Some skied in their youth, some never before in their lives. But now, they all do.
“My oldest students were in their late 80s,” notes McHale. “I’ve skied with several people in their 90s.”
Many ski areas even offer free skiing for anyone over 70. But Jim also talks about what it takes to begin skiing as you’re barreling toward retirement:
“They have to be reasonably fit. A simple test of that is, can they climb up two flights of steps without breathing heavily?”
Skiing is truly a lifetime sport. For seniors, it’s reasonably priced or free, and there’s that bonus of just dancing down a snow-covered mountain with the grandkids.