They say after 50 its all downhill…sounds good to me! SeniorsSkiing.com has released their top ski resorts for seniors list. Ski resorts that cater to the over 50 skiers, including ski resort with free skiing for seniors, were chosen based on survey results considering 84 ski areas in North America from New England to the West, and Canada. Funny that over 50 is thought to be a senior. There was time when 50 was “old,” but I think with today’s longevity and activity amongst our population, 80 is old, 50 is young. My mom is still skiing beautifully at 75. Anyways, here are the top ski resorts for seniors, folks over fifty, based upon ski criteria including lifts, food offerings, amenities available to older skiers, socials for seniors skiers and snowboarders, and most importantly special offers and and senior discounts – AARP discounts, free skiing for 60, 70 or 80+, etc, for over-the-hill skiers:
“Gold” award winning Ski Areas for Seniors:
Alta Utah – free ski pass for 80+
Lake Louise Ski Resort in Alberta, Canada – $20 season pass for 80+
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl Oregon – free skiing for 71+
Waterville Valley New Hampshire – home of the Silver Streakers – preferred parking, breakfast, NASTAR races, après ski
Whitefish Mountain Resort Montana – free skiing for 75+
Whitewater Ski Resort British Columbia – free skiing for 75+
“Silver” award winning Ski Resorts for 50+ :
Sutton Quebec– 55 percent off tickets Tuesdays, January – mid February.
Okemo Vermont – pre-December season pass purchase includes Mt. Sunapee, Pico Peak, Killington, Crested Butte at 45 % off for 65+, then 70%
Ski Butternut Mass – pre-December season pass purchase $125 for 65+
Sugarbush Vermont — $199 for Mid-Week Boomer Pass for 65+ ($99 before Sept 9).
More Silver Award Ski Resorts:
Alpine Meadows California
Copper Mountain Colorado
Hunter Mountain New York
Windham Mountain New York
Deer Valley Utah
Snow Basin Utah
Red Mountain Resort British Columbia
Whistler Blackcomb British Columbia
So there are your top ski destinations for seniors, some ski resorts offer free skiing for seniors, and deals, discounts, special parking, ski clinics and après ski parties. Elder skiers are a fast growing segment of the US ski industry, a bunch of Baby Boomer boarders and skiers. The National Ski Areas Association reports that skiers 65 and older account for more skier days each season than younger skiers. Seniors 68+ averaged 9.5 days of skiing in the 2012-13 season, that’s more that the national average number of ski days at 5.
Senior Ski Stats
– 45-54 year old skiers account for 20% of ski population
– 55-64 are 12% – which is more than double the previous 5 percent
– 65 and older is now 5.5 % and growing
Whether its better fitness amongst the over 50 skiers, medical miracles including replacement knees and hips or just longer lives, it’s getting whiter on the ski slopes with more over the hill skier son the hill. Smart ski resorts groom their slopes and cater to grandma and grandpa to keep skiing, and to bring their kids, grandkids and great grandkids.
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