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The News and Views
The Senior Ski Team started with 7 intrepid skiers and one coach in 2004 - 05.
The 2005 - 06 Senior Ski Team Program grew to 7 Teams of 7 Skiers and 7 Coaches and the program was a sellout!
The 2006 - 07 edition grew to 14 Teams and 98 Skiers and the 2006 -07 SST grew to 160 Skiers and 23 Teams and continued to sell out.
The 2007 - 08 SST ended with 27 Teams and 189 happy campers and sold out again.
The 2008 - 09 SST promised to be the largest enrollment yet with the addition of sessions on Tuesdays as well as the traditional Wednesday and the Sunday sessions. We had 33 Teams and 230 folks enrolled.
The 2009 -10 SST season was an anomaly in scheduling because of the Olympics of course and has turned out to be like two mini seasons in one with 6 sessions held before the great event the then 6 sessions held after. As we wind down the season, we have had a terrific Spring for snow and we are happy to report that we had 28 Teams and 192 people enrolled.
For 2010 - 11 and 2011 - 12, the Senior Ski Team program has returned to the 2008 - 09 levels with over 225 enrolled for the season.
The success is due in large measure to the Founding Members; or, simply "The Founders" and their friends and fellow skiers who believed that the concept was a great one. Many others have now joined their friends on "The Team" of course and the circle continues to enlarge.
The mandate is to deliver an on-hill experience that appeals to the needs and desires of the Senior Skier.
The Founder's Team had an average age of 67 and an average of 37.7 ski seasons under their belts. There were many reasons why we have had 6 successful seasons.
At the top of the list was a common desire to ski together, challenging each other and making new friends and cementing relationships.
Then, there is the wish to ski safely within the limitations of slowing muscle response times, diminishing vision and old injuries that have occurred over time and now, really have to be taken into account.
As the seasons unfolded and as registration requests began, it became clear that we needed to lower the age threshold to accommodate younger Spouses and Friends.
As a result we now accommodate "Seniors in Training" by bringing the age requirement down from 65+ to 55+. So, we now have numerous "Young Senior Teams" in the 55 - 64 year age categories.
The Mission of the Senior Ski Team Program
As the year[s] moves along, we hope that your expectations are met and exceeded.
We also hope that you will find a home on the Team and will feel like belonging to it for many seasons to come.
We aspire to be a "kedge" activity that inspires you to maintain a daily active regimen in the off season; all in an effort to improve your physical and mental well being.
We want this to become "the place" for you to keep yourself tuned in to your sport and the great outdoors, so you can continue to celebrate your love and passion for skiing.
In future seasons, we hope that it will be a natural place for "Seasonal Senior Visitors" and local seniors alike to gravitate to for the ski fellowship and social experience as well as the instant connection to some of the most knowledgeable "Locals" on Whistler/Blackcomb.