Question When is it time to quit?

Moondog55

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I've made a decision [ with input from The Boss] that this will be my last ski season and most likely my last major snow camping effort too.
Personally I'm not perturbed as I've had off&on about 40 good years doing winter "stuff" and it's time for something new or different.
This is also about money, I'm at the stage of my life where I no longer have enough money to keep this up.
So how do the rest of you see things happening in your own futures?
Call time when ready or do you intend to ski until you drop dead on a slope somewhere??

I don't need many souvenirs of my time spent so I guess most of it is now for sale while it still has some value.
 
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nezumi

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For me personally - when it stops being fun.

It might stop being fun because my body gives up - and that's OK.
It might stop being fun because it becomes too expensive. First I'll look to cheaper ways to enjoy much the same thing, but in the long run - that's OK too.
It might stop being fun because I like doing things with company, and going solo doesn't appeal - also OK.

But, so long as it's still fun, I'll do what I can to get out in the white every winter.
 

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Personally, I had no choice but to quit suddenly. I'd been remote area skiing and hiking for 30 years since my teens and then I was suddenly hospitalised with a chronic condition and after I was discharged, exercise was impossible for five years. Now that I've recovered from my illness, the idea of resuming those 7 to 12 day trips carrying everything on my back, alarms me.

So I've decided to stick to day trips with the occasional 1 or 2 night longer trip. Not sure if that is because I've become more sensible, more lazy or I've just become middle aged. But with these more modest trips I can have nearly as much fun with almost no pain. I'm very satisfied with that decison and I doubt that I wil ever be tempted go back to those epic trips. :)
 

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I guess for me when it stops being enjoyable or I drop dead.

I’ll either be extending my ski time longevity with all the mad hiking up and down Friday flat I’m doing, or I’ll give myself a heart attack doing it and won’t know any different LOL

At the moment I’m seeing a lot more snow time in my future. But we all know how suddenly things can change with health or family or life throwing curveballs at us.

Enjoy every minute while you can!
 
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'H' Jones

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Interesting question and dilemma. I am over 50 but happen to have a 1 year old son. My skiing has been social only 1 x a year with family and my wife for the last few years. She was a beginner when we met. So, I used to ski hard for the am when she was in a lesson and then ski gently with her after lunch. A perfect compromise as I got older. However, with a 1 year old I now want to teach him and hopefully get 15 or so years with him until he's bored by Dad!. So, my enthusiasm has grown again and look forward to 15 or so years of being a better skier than him until he leaves me for dead!

Bring it on :)
 

currawong

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Interesting question and dilemma. I am over 50 but happen to have a 1 year old son. My skiing has been social only 1 x a year with family and my wife for the last few years. She was a beginner when we met. So, I used to ski hard for the am when she was in a lesson and then ski gently with her after lunch. A perfect compromise as I got older. However, with a 1 year old I now want to teach him and hopefully get 15 or so years with him until he's bored by Dad!. So, my enthusiasm has grown again and look forward to 15 or so years of being a better skier than him until he leaves me for dead!

Bring it on :)
15 years might be a bit hopeful

Not the enjoyment bit, the better than dad bit
 

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Interesting question and dilemma. I am over 50 but happen to have a 1 year old son. My skiing has been social only 1 x a year with family and my wife for the last few years. She was a beginner when we met. So, I used to ski hard for the am when she was in a lesson and then ski gently with her after lunch. A perfect compromise as I got older. However, with a 1 year old I now want to teach him and hopefully get 15 or so years with him until he's bored by Dad!. So, my enthusiasm has grown again and look forward to 15 or so years of being a better skier than him until he leaves me for dead!

Bring it on :)
I’m loving skiing with my 2 & 4yo girls, we’ve clocked up about 8 days this season and I’ve only skied half a day for myself and I really don’t care.
 
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I've made a decision [ with input from The Boss] that this will be my last ski season and most likely my last major snow camping effort too.
Personally I'm not perturbed as I've had off&on about 40 good years doing winter "stuff" and it's time for something new or different.
This is also about money, I'm at the stage of my life where I no longer have enough money to keep this up.
So how do the rest of you see things happening in your own futures?
Call time when ready or do you intend to ski until you drop dead on a slope somewhere??

I don't need many souvenirs of my time spent so I guess most of it is now for sale while it still has some value.
Grab a cheap SUP, get in the water and paddle into a few small peelers(imo)
 

Olgreg

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I’ll go as long as the body does. With a newly crook knee, I had a couple of half days recently where I concentrated on technique and quite enjoyed myself. Then when I followedmy 6 yo grandson round Smiggins and he carved the first section of Blanchys at speed and then race tucked the rest because I overtook him, my heart almost burst out of my chest with joy.
 

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It's fine (well, more than fine, it's fantastic) if you are okay with the decision. It can take quite a process to get to that point, hey. And some of us are forced to make peace with that, whether we chose to or not, particularly if health and/or finances intervene. I've been through something similar in recent years with horses, I'm pretty much done with the physical, emotional , mental, time and financial exhaustion of competing - but will always keep the horses I already have and enjoy and love them to bits. They're family anyway, end of story.

It had a lot to do with me losing my nerve jumping horses in middle age. But I have always been a very competitive person so I channel this into other passions, even if not competitive ones. I'm more focussed now on skiing and travel. Similar to the losing nerve when jumping horses issue, my fears ensure I'll only ever be an intermediate skier, but I love it and intend to do it for as long as possible. And I may continue to get incrementally better over the years, here's hoping. I kind of can't wait to qualify for the seniors Epic card. Oh, and retirement would be nice too. Here's hoping I still have my health.
 

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In answer to the OP @Moondog55 i am feeling the effects of age this year and a failure to come into the season with exercise on & weight off.

Mortality & age is rearing it’s ugly head.

But I drop into the doc just before i leave for the snow to stock up on cholesterol tabs & he makes the comment I’m in his healthiest patients group & going to live in excess of 100 years.
 

Schnaxxy Schnaxxlburger

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a few years ago a work colleague whom I hardly knew asked me ‘would you like to stay at my lodge?’
now I’m a member
fortunately I was able to afford the cost of membership then, so accomm has been amazingly cheap ever since
I’m physically ok - my physio says I have good muscle tone [she doesn’t say ‘for your age’, but I know she means that]
I get the odd trip to Japan with my merry band of step-relos and add-ons, only one of whom is younger than me
as long as nothing too drastic happens, there should be a few years left
spouse has no issue with me continuing - she doesn’t like the snow anyway
 

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In answer to the OP @Moondog55 i am feeling the effects of age this year and a failure to come into the season with exercise on & weight off.

Mortality & age is rearing it’s ugly head.

But I drop into the doc just before i leave for the snow to stock up on cholesterol tabs & he makes the comment I’m in his healthiest patients group & going to live in excess of 100 years.
When they were trying to work out what was wrong with me, they did the full range of heart tests on me. I could see my heart ker-thumping away on a screen while the med lab tech analyised its condition. The result? I had an astonishingly good heart of a 25 year old, which was almost unheard of for someone twice that age. So all that skiing and hiking and mountaineering kept my heart in especially good condition. :smug-emoticon:

BTW, I see that my previous comment has had a dozen "sad" and "like" reactions. Don't worry, after recovering from five years of only being able to sit on the couch, the opportunity to get back to living life to the full is rather exciting. I can do moderately strenuous stuff, I can visit friends, I can go back to working and I can go out drinking again. So having to give up the week long, super strenuous stuff is only a minor drawback.
Going from 5 years of doing almost nothing to 95% of the things I used to do is pretty damn wonderful. :cheers:
 

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When they were trying to work out what was wrong with me, they did the full range of heart tests on me. I could see my heart ker-thumping away on a screen while the med lab tech analyised its condition. The result? I had an astonishingly good heart of a 25 year old, which is almost unheard of for someone twice that age. So all that skiing and hiking and mountaineering kept my heart in especially good condition. :smug-emoticon:

BTW, I see that my previous comment has had a dozen "sad" and "like" reactions. Don't worry, after recovering from five years of only being able to sit on the couch, the opportunity to get back to living life to the full is rather exciting. I can do moderately strenuous stuff, I can visit friends, I can go back to working and I can go out drinking again. So having to give up the week long, super strenuous stuff is only a minor drawback.
Going from 5 years of doing almost nothing to 95% of the things I used to do is pretty damn wonderful. :cheers:
I can totally relate to this.
If I rewind back a decade to when my rheumatologist told me “this is as good as it gets” and that I need to reset my expectations for my future - then look at what I am doing now…. It’s like getting a second chance at life!
Makes you appreciate what you have every day.
 

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I've made a decision [ with input from The Boss] that this will be my last ski season and most likely my last major snow camping effort too.
Personally I'm not perturbed as I've had off&on about 40 good years doing winter "stuff" and it's time for something new or different.
This is also about money, I'm at the stage of my life where I no longer have enough money to keep this up.
So how do the rest of you see things happening in your own futures?
Call time when ready or do you intend to ski until you drop dead on a slope somewhere??

I don't need many souvenirs of my time spent so I guess most of it is now for sale while it still has some value.
aren't you the bloke that did winters in a tent out of fall creek?
You live in Geelong?..buy a cheap boat and overnight in the bay..that would be another great adventure.
Or cheaper again..buy a canoe or sea kayak and set a goal of paddling the Murray
 

Bogong

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I can totally relate to this.
If I rewind back a decade to when my rheumatologist told me “this is as good as it gets” and that I need to reset my expectations for my future - then look at what I am doing now…. It’s like getting a second chance at life!
Makes you appreciate what you have every day.
Ah, as someone who likes to do things before they get popular, a few years ago I caught a COVID like disease (they think it was something like SARS or MERS) on an overseas holiday. I thought it was the flu, but after three weeks with no recovery, I staggered into emergency at a hospital near my house with the lowest bood oxygen the doctor had seen in a self admitted patient. After I left hospital they thought I had lung damge from it and treated me accordingly. At the start of this year a new specialist decided I had severe asthma (I never had it before). Traditional drugs helped a bit and I was able to walk to the shops without keeling over, but a couple of months ago they gave me a brand new "first in class" jab which has fixed me almost completely.
 

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Sadly for my husband the decision was made for him late last year when he suffered irreparable damage to a foot that means he can't risk further damage. So for me atm its whether I continue to enjoy it without my best ski buddy. But I think we'll probably still spend some time each year in the snow as we both love its beauty.
 

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I hate to burst your bubble, it's probably about 6 years LOL
The good news is that there may be a small window for moral victory. My daughter outstripped me in general skiing when she was about 11. I like cruising and am too old to feel any need to push myself into bizarre experiences. We were in Jackson Hole and the offspring decided to exert her dominance. Hah. She took me down a double black - Toilet Bowl if it matters. I linked turns down it because I could. She was baffled. Win for old farts.
 

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I’ll Tele as long as I can, then Alpine, then a good friend said he would put me in a sit ski before I’m allowed to board, haha.

I was talking about this just the other day, with a well known local Thredbo boarder, who is now heading into his mid seventies. He has a newish jacket, that I remarked pays homage to his old one. This one won’t get to that same shade of pink, he replied. If I get to 80, I’ll pull the pin, I’ve had a fair kick of the footy.

He has been riding Thredbo since 1968, and I LOVE seeing him and his wife in the lineup.

Do what you can, with what you got. It’s the only game in town IMO.
 

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I love the cold and the pantomime of getting dressed up in all the gear. when my body says no (or my eyes), I will still enjoy vicariously reveling in the atmosphere
This in spades. I love the whole palaver - the gear, the travel, the ginning about. I even love queuing at the airport and the drive from Canberra after a midnight horror flight and 1 1/2 hours sleep. I love hanging around the snow even when I'm not skiing - just breathing it in. A lot of that is probably because I generally only get a week a year (or none, for the last 2 years). I'm driving over this year and staying for a month. I'm even going to love that 4 1/2 days on the road. Ostensibly I'm working while I'm over there. I've certainly got a sh!!t load to do! We'll see. If it works, I might well be doing it every year until they take my drivers licence off me.
 

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I'm 65 and have always considered a Thelma and Louise with my bestie when we're in our 80s. Nice way to go. Seriously, I want to take my grandkids skiing, so will continue at least until I can do that (5 and 2) and also while the body holds out.
Also, I thought my skiing career was over when we had a nasty head on MVA at Berridale on our way to the snow in 1996, not our fault. I remember being trapped in the front seat, one leg considerably shorter than the other (compound fracture of femur) and thinking 'I'm alive, I can wriggle my toes, our kids are OK but I don't think I'll ever ski again'. After a two year break due to all the hardware, I was back on skis, gingerly at first but after a lot of effort with lessons, skiing better than ever. You never know what's around the corner, so make the most of it while you can. :)
 

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What expensive?

An over 70 day ticket costs $25 at Thredbo.

An over 70 season pass for all the Oz Vail resorts is $240.

There are lots of resorts where over 70s ski free.

At that age don’t the drugs required to keep you skiing cost more than the lift pass :D

Im slowly suffering greater effects of an arthritic condition that I can see will one day take the shine off bc touring etc, but then my plan is to adopt a ski-bum-van-life and day trip. Luckily my other half is not fazed so that’s a bonus
 
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