+70 season pass

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  1. chrisj

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    The question of 70+ season passes arose in the Perisher snow report thread, so I brought it here so as not to distract from that thread.
    @oldgeezer lamented that he would not qualify for a Perisher season pass in 2021 because his birthday was too late in June.
    I replied that I didn't think that would be a problem in Thredbo, (because I had obtained a 70+ season pass immediately after my birthday in mid-July).
    @Townsend posted that that might not be the case and indeed, on reviewing the Thredbo terms and conditions, it appears that you have to be 70 on June 8th to qualify.
    In my innocence, I just rocked up to the ticket office, asked for a season pass, showed my licence and got the 70+ price, presumably in error.
    I inquired at the Perisher ticket office last week and was told I could get a 70+ season pass for next year for $189 (same as Thredbo), or $335 with the ski tube included. I can find nothing online about the season pass for Perisher (they are only pushing the Epic Pass at this stage), so it is unclear what their policy is regarding the cutoff date for turning 70.
    It's far from universal, as I have got a 70+ pass for Ruapehu ($5 !!!) and they clearly state that it is your age when ordering the pass that matters.
    It's a moot point for me at this stage, but if anyone can cast any light on Perisher's policy, it might be of help to others.
     
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    I can't shed any light on it, but if you're still skiing at 70+ the resorts should let you ski for nothing. Presumably they've made cash out of you in previous years, give back you tightarses!
     
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    It might be better to leave confusion in place rather than seek a fixed policy.
     
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    It used to be free...then too many ex-staff turned 70 and started sending all the ski resorts towards bankruptcy.;)
     
  5. chrisj

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    I think they thought we'd all be frail. Wrong!
     
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  6. oldgeezer

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    I certainly hope to be going past 70, both on and off the slopes, maybe even in the interim for a couple of days a year when conditions are top. Funny thing how leading up to retirement I was expecting to get a lot more days in but looking after grandkids, and catching their colds, is becoming more time consuming. Turns out just as well we were not allowed to take the grandsons for snowplay and ski tube ride through the tunnel, which they would have loved, as the younger one had a high temp when he woke after his nap that afternoon, and is still affected.
     
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  7. Olgreg

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    Yes I think we exchanged views on the skiing babysitting granpa syndrome after last season’ s flu disasters @oldgeezer
    This year I got more days on snow, but the 5 yo turned into a snowplough demon and my job became skiing in front throwing the occasional lollie into the snow so she would slow down and lean forward looking for them.
    I like all your optimism. At 61 I amazed at the number of fit retired skiers my age who only give themselves 10 years on snow left. Planning their own obsolescence.
     
  8. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty
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    I'm the opposite. I'm stubbornly insisting that I will keep skiing despite all evidence that this is probably not reasonable.

    I have skied with some octogenarians who are very good skiers. certainly plenty in their 70s who are better than I ever was or will be.
     
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  9. Olgreg

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    Absolutely. There is no end. And I’m probably skiing better now in terms of technique as I adapt my style for longevity.
    Hmmm.. hope Astro don’t see that comment.
     
  10. Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo
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    Fear not. I have your Tutu to go with your new technique, princess.

    Northsail and I were knocking out zipper lines on International, whilst you were mincing around with your new, "Technique" <shakes head>
     
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  11. IAB

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    I caught the Blue Calf T bar last year with an 86 year old gent. He had no plans to give it away.
     
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    Sorry to be off topic, but as a falls person, would you know of any info on an elderly gent who used to frequent the summit area, usually wore knitted jumpers and drove an old Volvo. I was told he was in eighties about 10 years ago.
     
  13. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty
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    I can think of one old guy who I think had a volvo wagon. I think he's still in his 80s now though. Not sure about the jumpers.

    Another guy with a then new volvo who only goes to sun peaks now I think. Don't think he was that old though
     
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    He turned 92 this past July and still gets out there...
     
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  15. chrisj

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    Been looking at Bumps for Boomers @Olgreg?
     
  16. Sandy

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    Age is partly your physical condition, and partly in the mind..... You can work on both if you have enough determination.
    I skied 29 days last Japanese season, and 37 days the season before. I'm not planning to slow down any time soon!!! ;)
     
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    Yeah but I thought you were only 29 ;)
     
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    No mate but I will check it out. I enjoy bumps but, to paraphrase W Churchill, god only gave your knees a certain number for your lifetime.
     
  19. Olgreg

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    So there goes a good thread. You’re too young for this discussion, plus you lack the necessary empathy and compassion.
    I do remember you whinging and moaning behind me somewhere in Interceptor trees early in the season. Work on your flow rather than your outfit and you might keep up next year.
     
  20. Sandy

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    More than double that!!! ;)
     
  21. IAB

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    LOL

    Touche!
     
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  22. dawooduck

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    Burn ..... LOL
     
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  23. chrisj

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    Yeah, when @Astro66 mentioned skiing with you on International and doing zipper lines while you adopted a longevity-oriented technique, it reminded me of the Bumps for Boomers website. They recommend zipper line skiing as the fastest way to destroy your knees.
     
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    Bumps need not destroy your knees, unless you do them the wrong way. Skiing them loose and flexibly will help to keep your knees intact. I still like skiing moguls....
     
  25. chrisj

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    Me too, but I don't have the skill to ski zipper lines anyway.
     
  26. Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo
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    Pfffft ........ Empathy and Compassion ??? I'm all out of tissues, Grandpa.

    Ski young, Stay young, Gramps.
     
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    The invulnerability of yoof.
     
  28. chrisj

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    Those whom the gods would punish, they first elevate.
     
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  29. oldgeezer

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    Ta admins for hiving this off to a separate topic. I haven't checked the latest Epic page for the criteria applicable to next season for the 70+ price. For the chickens have come home to roost, to wit for years I said to MrsOG that we'd postpone tourist trips abroad until we were so old we'd be glad to just watch scenery go past and until then it would be ski vacations. That day has dawned and so off we go a'touristing early August next year meaning no Epic even if the pension would stretch to it. However it will be interesting to see if day tickets are sold to the geriatric demographic on the basis of age on the day rather than on the Queen's Birthday holiday.
     
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  30. Peter Piotr Pumpkin Eater

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    FYI... my dad just gets one the first day we are down for the new season... Over 70s pass isnt something u need to get a year earlier. It also does not come with epic benefits. But for less than $200 for a season pass to all of perisher is awesome. My dad loves it so he only paid like $7 a day this season LOL
     
  31. Elinor

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    Hi Chrisj - My understanding is that you have to be 70 when you apply for the 70+ Perisher season pass. I'm so excited about it as I'm turning 70 at the beginning of the year, and am definitely planning to get one myself! Yay!

    P.S. Is there a forum for older skiers? I'm an intermediate skier (late starter!) and hope to find other women around my age and level to ski with at Perisher next winter. Any suggestions for how to link up??
     
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  32. chrisj

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    Hi Elinor. I'm not aware of a forum for older skiers. I've made quite a few friends skiing, but their ages vary from their 20's to around my (our) age. Maybe start a thread here for senior female skiers if you're looking to link up? Enjoy all that cheap skiing.
     
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    Plenty of older-ish folks here!

    I am still under 50 so a Spring chicken!
     
  34. MarzNC

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    There was an attempt to start a forum for senior skiers in the U.S. associate with the SeniorSkiing website that has short articles, but didn't get going.

    Probably wouldn't help with finding intermediate ski buddies at Perisher, but if you'd like to discuss all things related to skiing (and other stuff), check out TheSkiDiva.com . Mostly North Americans but also women from Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. Plenty of late starters (over 50) or women who were away from the slopes for 10, 20, 30 years.

    I've just made it to 62, which is just old enough for a few senior discounts.
     
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  35. Elinor

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    Hi chrisJ - thanks for the suggestion re starting a "thread". Not sure how to do that, but will explore the tutorials to see if they can instruct me!
    I've been so inspired by watching the YouTube vids of George and Lou - both skiing and over 100 - and have decided they're my new role models. I now aim to be healthy and skiing for decades to come!
    Since I live on an island off the coast of Bris and have a non-skiing husband and no regular ski pals, it's a challenge to link up with others to ski. Still, I'm making it my new mission.
    Thanks for your encouragement!
     
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    Hi MarzNC - interesting to hear of the unsuccessful attempt to start a US forum for senior skiers. With that larger population to draw on, I'd have thought it'd be a winner!... So that doesn't augur too well for a similar attempt here in Oz. ...what a pity!
    Still, I appreciate your mention of the SeniorSkiing and TheSkiDiva websites, which I'll check out.
    I often end up skiing alone since I don't have any regular ski buddies, but am hoping to find a way to connect with others with similar ski goals (delight) and ability (intermediate). Such folks could be any age or gender.
    Let me know if you have any other good ideas/suggestions. Thanks.
     
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    The main reason a separate ski forum for seniors in N. America didn't take off is that most of the seniors who enjoy that sort of interaction are already involved in one or more ski forums. In addition to TSD (been around 10+ years), there are small regional forums, as well as an active ski forum that was created by former administrators of EpicSki.com (1999-2017). It can be easier to get the hang of an online forum by starting with a smaller community. I did that over 10 years ago for skiing but had experience with forums for another topic before that. Hope to "see" you over on TSD soon. Uses the same software as this one, so as you learn to get around there, it will help you here.

    There is a video about a senior ski patroller from a few years ago. The advice he gave at the end for folks over 80 who wanted to keep skiing was to make friends with younger people who like to ski. Meaning in their 50's and 60s. I skied a few runs with a gentleman at a destination ski resort a couple seasons ago who was in his 80s. Only skied groomers, but skied them fast. He was desperate for a ski buddy because his friends had all stopped skiing for assorted reasons, mostly medical. His wife stopped because of arthritis.
     
  38. Elinor

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    Marz - you're a goldmine of info. and practical suggestions - THANKS!
    I've registered with SkiDiva, and await being 'approved'. Will endeavour to upskill (and confidence) myself! ;)
    Cheers for now.
     
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