You Can (and Should) Start Skiing or Snowboarding at Any Age

IMG_2872I’m not sure what I did with my winters before I started snowboarding in Barrie. Actually, that’s not true. I know exactly what I did: I took a lot of naps.

But that changed last winter. At age 34, I decided I was going to stop hibernating. My New Years Resolution was to pick up snowboarding or skiing. Barrie had more than enough trails for me to try either.

After two snowboarding lessons, it was game over. I was hooked. I annoyed the hell out of my friends by constantly waiting for the conversation to turn to snowboarding. But I didn’t care. My winters were no longer going to suck. I suddenly had something to look forward to on winter weekends.

I had way more energy on a day-to-day basis. I looked forward to snowboard trips in the winter with the same enthusiasm that I had for cottage trips in the summer.
Yes, I still took naps. But that’s because naps are amazing… Don’t judge me.

I’ve talked to other thirty-somethings with similar stories—how picking up a winter hobby like skiing or snowboarding made a huge lifestyle difference. I recently read a great blog by Sacha DeVoretz, a Lifestyle blogger for the Huffington Post.

She strapped on a pair of skis for the first time in her 40s and wrote:

“You do not need to ski black diamond runs to be your own pioneer. Putting on a pair of skis for the first time and taking the tow rope, is a huge accomplishment. I regularly ski green runs and this is a good place for me.”

I agree with her. I’m perfectly happy on the green trails. I went down two black trails last winter, because I read the signs wrong. Nearly died. Twice. No biggie. This winter, “simple signage reading” is one of the skills I really need to improve.

So that’s it. There is my sales pitch to anyone over 30 who hates winter and spends the cold months killing time until it gets warmer. Get out and try skiing or snowboarding. Barrie has some amazing hills and Mount St. Louis Moonstone has the best beginner trails around, in my “newb” opinion

If you have any questions about skiing or snowboarding in Barrie, please don’t hesitate to contact us any time.

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