Winter is the most wonderful time of the year for skiers. Retirees are increasingly taking up the sport for fun and exercise. Baby boomers age 55 to 64 currently make up 9 percent of all skiers and riders, up from 5 percent during the 1997 ski season, according to the trade group the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA). “The average age of our customer continues to get older,” says NSAA president Michael Berry. “We are surprised by how long people are staying in the sport.” Age 65 and older skiers also increased from 2 percent of all skiiers in 1997 to 4 percent this year.
If you can handle the cold weather and a little shoveling, a ski town can be a great place to retire. U.S. News recently named 10 towns winter sports enthusiasts might enjoy. We also got some ski tips from an instructor in Aspen who specializes in teaching baby boomers to ski bumps. But, especially important this year, are these 6 ways for retirees to score discounts in ski towns.