UilyJeffStarting take a lot longer to recover after a day in the park. While I enjoy skiing hard and hitting back country too, I'm not really sure how many more years I can keep doing it at this level. I'm 36 years old and can still hang with most of the young bucks in the park, but I'm sure I feel worse afterwards.
Who is the oldest pro that you know who is still at it?
I find now that I'm getting older at 32 that recovering from a park day is actually easier.... most likely because I think I'm making smarter choices. I actually take a few warm up laps, I don't push myself if the weather is shitty or the jumps suck, I just sit in the lodge and have some beers. I just work through the tricks I have on lock, work on a few new things without hucking and go home. I think a large part of this is because I'm just not that "gung ho" anymore and I'm not forcing it too much, the biggest problem I have is finding motivation.
Older pros though, not 100% on these but Candide and Jon are 32, Candide can still throw down, Tanner and Rory Bushfield are 31 and I believe Mark Abma is 31-33 ish as well as Eric Hjorliefson. Maybe not park rats but they all still go big.