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In addition to fitness, local ski veterans point to lessons, such as those offered at the Steamboat Ski Area, as important in helping older skiers and riders prevent injury and get the most out of their sport.

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Aging Well: Fitness, lessons help older skiers, riders stay safe

At their best, alpine skiing, teleing and snowboarding are exhilarating, freeing and fun sports. At their worst, they can be painful.

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