MEET MY NEW HEROES

Bunny, left, has been skiing for 36 years; Peter has been teaching skiing for 51 years.

Bunny, left, has been skiing for 36 years; Peter has been teaching skiing for 51 years.

I never see it when looking in the mirror.
But when I sit in the barber’s chair for a beard cut and a hair trim, I can see that the hair on the floor isn’t the same colour as it once was.
I’m getting grey. Not just salt and pepper, but grey.
Not much I can do about the march of time. Thankfully, the earth keeps revolving around the sun.
All I can do is gracefully accept my “Senior in Training”* status and keep on following my passions – photography, skiing and canoeing.
Helping to guide me through this process have been a whole new group of heroes – members of the Seniors Alpine Ski Club.
Despite advancing age – many are in their 70’s and some well into their 80’s – they are still passionate about skiing and the friendships forged through shared experiences.
Peter has been a ski instructor for 51 years. Theo skied to school 68 years ago and Claire made his own skis and used them to get to school in the late 1930’s. Chuck started ski jumping just after the Second World War. Many members were skiing before I was born.
I’ve found joy in watching these happy, tired, smiling senior skiers relax in the bar with a mid-afternoon post-ski beer.
After a regular Wednesday club ski day at Nakiska, I set up my lights and photographed the happy, tired, smiling faces of my new heroes.

* Senior in Training – Definition – A new club member who fails to show up a half hour before any bus departure or who fails to quit skiing early enough in the day to enjoy a drink with club members at the ski hill bar.

Claire, left, skied to school in the late 1930's; Margaret started skiing 43 years ago.

Claire, left, skied to school in the late 1930’s; Margaret started skiing 43 years ago.

Bill, left, has been skiing for 40 years; Ingrid, is also a veteran skier.
Bill, left, has been skiing for 40 years; Ingrid, is also a veteran skier.

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