Brighton's Senior Workshop for the 50+ crowd

By Yeti Jan 9, 2014
Baby boomers take to the downhill
Brighton's Senior Workshop for the 50+ crowd

By Harriet Wallis, the geezer gal 


Brighton Senior Workshops are three days of camaraderie and skill renewal for those 50 and over. And the workshops get rave reviews.


"I take the course every year," said Kathy. "It's a great refresher. It reminds me what I should do and it helps me do it better. I also make new friends to ski with. Those two things are most important to me: the skills and the new friends."


This year, Brighton expanded its popular Senior Workshops. The first session starts January 27 and runs for three consecutive Mondays. Another session starts February 24 and also runs for three consecutive Mondays.


The whole package is $199 and includes: three all day lift tickets, three morning lessons, a light brunch on the first morning so students and instructors can get acquainted, and all the fun you can have. Classes also enjoy the same senior instructors each week.


"These workshops are absolutely invaluable," said Bob. "I started skiing when I was 50 and it was survival skiing. Now I look back three years and 'Wow.' The workshop was magic!"


That's what class members say. Then Lenny, a Senior Workshop instructor, piped up.


"No matter how old you are, if you get good technique you can ski or ride until you're 100 or run out of gas," he said. "And you don't have to be real athletic. When you ski or ride you get exercise, fresh air and beautiful scenery all at the same time."


"I love turning people on to the sport. I love getting them to realize they can do so much more than they thought they could," he said. Lenny has turned people on to skiing for more than 30 years.


Register for Brighton's Senior Workshops at least two weeks prior to the start date. Call 801-532-4731 Ext 209 for more information or register online at      


Baby Boomers are reaching senior age at a warp speed rate, but it seems there's only one other senior ski program for those 50+. It's sponsored by Salt Lake County's recreation department and it's called Downhill Adventures.


Its sessions start in January, February and March and meet at Snowbird and Brighton. The fee of $125 includes three half days of skiing/snowboarding with lesson or a guided mountain tour. Rentals are available for $10-$12 a day.  All sessions require a minimum of 20 participants.


For more information about Downhill Adventures call 385-468-1670 or email Lyndsey Henderson at



Harriet Wallis has been a ski writer, editor and photographer forever. She learned to ski on a dare when she was in her mid 30s and has been blabbing about it ever since. Read more from Harriet on Ski & Snowboard News.