You may have stopped counting the candles on your cake a decade ago, but that doesn’t mean you need to stop counting buoys. With refined technique and advances in ski technology and design, skiers are progressing with greater ease, regardless of age.
1. Avoid Stagnant Thought.
As you age, you will need to learn to ski more efficiently if you wish to see continued improvement. What has always worked in the past is not always the best method moving forward. Skiers have honed their craft to previously unthinkable levels, so be open minded to new theories and ideas. Letting go of old habits is paramount to succeed at any age.
2. Ski Smarter.
As hard as it may be, you will need to focus on quality of sets versus quantity. The old adage of skiing smarter, not harder really applies as you age, so your aim should be to make each set count. Treat each set with the level of focus required to be productive and avoid skiing without a sense of purpose.
3. Embrace Evolution.
New skis are not just newer they are better. Technology is making water-skiing easier so get on board. Granted, skiers were running impressive line lengths on your 10-year-old model but if advances in ski design can accelerate your learning curve you should make the investment.
4. Injury Prevention.
Those aches and pains carry far more relevance now than they did in your early twenty’s. Injury prevention is as important as any on-water skill you are striving to master. Listen to your body and respect the message your pains are trying to convey.