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March 2, 2014

Hitting the slopes with experience: Club keeps seniors skiing

THOMPSONVILLE — Rick Robb wasn’t ready to stop skiing when he turned 65. Or 70.

And definitely not as he passed 75.

But the lifelong downhill skier, instructor and former National Ski Patroler noticed something along the way. as he grew older fewer of his friends were willing to strap on a pair of sticks and ride a chairlift by his side.

That’s when, last winter at age 77, Robb decided to pitch his bosses at Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa on an idea for a cutting-edge ski program.

His “Retired not Tired” ski program offers cheap lessons, lift tickets and ski rentals to people older than 50 and turns them loose on the mountain during oft-slow weekdays during peak ski season. It would actively recruit enthusiasts back to their beloved sport and give them a safe place to relearn the ropes.

And this year, Robb has led more than 60 skiers up the resort’s lifts and down its slopes.

See the full story in the Northern Living section, page E1.

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