Ski Younger Now is a set of techniques designed to reduce torque on knees and lower back, and to reduce the muscular effort needed to start and finish turns. It relies on modern ski design to reduce most skiing maneuvers to subtle pressures inside the boot, and lateral motions of the knees and hands. The skill set works even in difficult snow conditions.
Ski Younger Now was developed as an adaptive technique for veteran older skiers and skiers who have rehabbed after knee surgery. It’s also proved to be an effective confidence-building progression for skiers at all levels of experience. Since the 2015-16 ski season, Ski Younger Now has been a Signature Program of the Vail Ski School.
Ski Younger Now clinics are led by Seth Masia and John Kirschner. John began teaching at Vail in 1968, with a long intermission during which he worked as national sales manager for The North Face skiwear division, Scott USA, Degre 7 skiwear and the Wolf Ski Co.
Seth Masia first skied at Chamonix in 1968. In 1974 he joined the staff of SKI Magazine and was a technical editor there for two decades. He began teaching skiing at Squaw Valley in 1984, quit for awhile to work for K2 Corp., and returned to teach skiing at Beaver Creek and Vail in 1998. Today he works out of the Vail Village ski school.
He developed low-torque skiing tactics while recovering from a serious tibial fracture in 1991. The advent of shaped skis in 1993 made it possible to begin teaching the techniques to his students. Thus the full progression, from the patience turn to terrain-flow tactics, has been tested and refined over 20 years.
Seth is 69 years old as he begins the 2017-18 ski season. He serves as president of the International Skiing History Association, where he operates the website skiinghistory.org and writes for the ISHA journal Skiing History. On Facebook, be sure to visit the Skiing History page. He skis on Wagner Custom equipment.
Seth recently retired as executive director of the American Solar Energy Society and editor of Solar Today magazine. He has managed large website projects for Microsoft Corp., AOL-Time Warner and Intrawest Corp.
Powder! Photo by Tom Lippert.