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Winter Sports To Challenge Your Inner Olympian

All eyes are on the 2018 winter games, and as we watch global talent compete for the medal, it’s inspiring many of us to get out on the snow, and ice, to try it out ourselves. While quadruple toe loops, and freestyle ski acrobatics are probably best left to the pros, there are still plenty of high intensity winter sports that older adults can get in on. Boomers love a fitness challenge, and it’s not surprising that gyms, and ski resorts are finding the majority of their clientele to be 55 or better, so if you’re needing a reprieve from your stationary bike routine, these Olympic inspired activities will have you going for the gold.

Boomers are still hitting the slopes with the same vitality as did decades before, and they’re not losing momentum. Driving through fresh powder is exhilarating and challenging even for the seasoned ski enthusiast, but if you’re thinking of trying it out, it’s never too late to start. Programs like Bumps For Boomers in Aspen Colorado are designed by fellow boomers to offer ski instruction, and physical conditioning for older adults either new to the sport, or wanting to get back into shape, and improve their stamina. As an added incentive, lists more than 100 ski resorts that offer free, or heavily discounted ski passes to 50+ folks ready to push their edge.

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Vail Is Nothing Short of Extraordinary

Wandering through alpine villages surrounded by fallen snow, twinkling lights, and a majestic snow capped mountain evokes visions of old world Switzerland, but this prized European inspired town can be experienced without a passport. Attracting visitors from all over the world, Vail Colorado is undoubtedly the most beloved ski resort town in the U.S, and is an absolute highlight for winter sports enthusiasts, and holiday travelers. Nestled amongst the Colorado Rockies, this breathtaking destination is best known as a mecca for avid skiers, and snowboarders, but if hitting the slopes isn’t your thing, Vail offers an abundance of year round activities from magical sleigh rides, and ice skating, to panoramic hiking trails.

Standing at an awe inspiring 11,570 feet at its peak, Vail Mountain is an evergreen studded paradise with more than 5,300 of varied terrain for outdoor lovers of all skill levels from advanced downhill skiers, to cross country beginners. Vail Village is at the heart of this small town where visitors will find primary ski lift access, the legendary Vail Ski Resort, and storybook streets lined with fine restaurants, unique shops, and day spas. The nearby villages of Lionshead, and Golden Peak also provide a gateway to the mountain along with luxurious lodging, ice rinks, and beautiful residential neighborhoods. A brilliant public transportation system runs past midnight giving visitors a convenient way to get around, and keeps its charming streets congestion free.

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This Extreme Sport Takes Boomers to New Heights

The term “second youth” is more than just a buzzword that defines the baby boomer generation. These go-getters have spent decades planning for what they’d consider the best years of their lives, and there’s no limit to what they’re dreaming up. Reinventing their parent’s retirement is what they do best, and today’s boomers are taking on everything from advanced degrees to skydiving? Yes, hardcore sports may not be for the faint of heart, but older adults are proving that the sky’s the limit.

If making the leap into the wild blue yonder with a parachute in tow sounds a bit too extreme, companies like SkyVenture Arizona are taking the adventure inside.  For anyone wanting to learn, or craving the adrenaline boost without braving the real thing, indoor skydiving venues are a fantastic way to experience this type of extreme sport while in a controlled environment. Whether someone is a first-timer or an experienced flyer, places like SkyVenture cater to all levels of expertise offering specialized coaching from basic maneuvers to advanced aerial skills.

Topgolf Puts a New Spin On a Classic

Imagine the best golf game you’ve ever played, but crank up the volume, add live music, and order your favorite cocktail. It’s golf reinvented, and the best part is you don’t have to be Arnold Palmer to ace your next swing. Technology based, and more competitive that a traditional driving range, Topgolf has taken the nation by a storm. Started by two brothers from North London, this innovative twist on a classic has everyone from beginners to novice golf pros clamoring to up their game.

With locations all across the country, Topgolf venues are impressive inside, and out with bright neon lights, sleek modern designs, and the promise of a good time. This new way to go “clubbing” isn’t your typical afternoon on the course. This interactive game goes beyond just playing golf with sports bars outfitted with flat screen TV’s, restaurants, and lively lounge areas. Book a party, gather a group for a golf lesson and get ready for some friendly competition. Golf during the dead of winter? Rain or shine, climate-controlled bays allow you to get your game on year round, and clubs are provided so need to bring your own equipment.

Are You Ready For Ski Season?

This winter you could do the stationary bike or treadmill thing, but if you’re lucky enough to find some snow this season, hitting the slopes is an exhilarating way to stay fit, and take advantage of the senior discounts offered by many ski resorts across the country. High altitude adventures aren’t just for kids, and boomers are tackling their Olympic freestyle dreams one mountain at a time.

Joint replacements, fear of falls? The ski loving resort town of Aspen, Colorado has taken their passion for winter recreation fifty, and beyond with their Bumps for Boomers program. Instructors know getting older doesn’t mean slowing down, and teaching active adults tips, and techniques to navigate moguls, and powder is their speciality in a learning environment designed exclusively with boomers in mind.