The Guardian, the liberal British newspaper, is not ordinarily known as a leading chronicler of the ski life. But the paper recently presented a sobering report about the state of our winter sport.
“What was once a young person’s sport,’’ the Guardian reported, “is now owned by the baby boomer generation, with potentially disastrous consequences for the ski industry.’’
Then came the statistics, provided by a 2019 study by the Ski Club of Great Britain. The portion of ski holiday-makers between the ages of 16 and 24: 5 percent. Almost two-thirds were over the age of 45. One in five of those surveyed complained that skiing was just too demanding.
A few winters back, I was living in Quebec and regularly skied on Tuesday mornings. Almost all the patrons were in their late 60s or early 70s. In a way, that is not surprising; generally the people who ski on Tuesday mornings are retired. School children, college students and most adults under 65 are otherwise occupied.