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 leads to mastery 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.
In 2018-19, Ski Younger Now moved from Vail to Snowmass.
Seth Masia has been teaching skiing since 1984, at Squaw Valley, Vail and Aspen/Snowmass. He began skiing at Chamonix in 1968 while on a climbing trip. In 1974 he joined the staff of SKI Magazine, where he served as technical editor for two decades. After a stint at K2 as product manager/alpine skis, he returned to the magazine to launch skinet.com, then went on to website management jobs at Microsoft and Intrawest. He holds a masters degree in environmental journalism, and retired in 2015 after serving as executive director of the American Solar Energy Society. Today he is president of the International Skiing History Association.
Powder! Photo by Tom Lippert.