Senior bemoans warmer weather

Paul Hutchings
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80-year-old cross-country skier has 100 kilometres to her credit so far this season

PASADENA — Genevieve Moss is one of the few people who doesn’t like seeing warmer temperatures in the winter.

At age 80, Moss has been hitting the cross-country skill trails at the Pasadena Ski and Nature Park for more than 20 years and in most seasons skis between 400 and 900 kilometres. She already has 100-km to her credit this year, and said she can think of nothing better than strapping on the skis and swooshing down the trails to keep her younger and healthier.

“I can’t imagine not doing this, I thank God every day that I can do it,” she said. “It gets you outdoors into the fresh air with nice people, it’s the best, how can you not like it?”

Pictures in her Pasadena home tell the story of a very active lifestyle. Various photographs adorn the walls of Moss skiing and hiking. In one, the look of happiness is quite evident as she waves her arms around at the ski club. In another, a summer shot, she is looking up at the camera on Gros Morne Mountain with Western Brook Pond in the background.

“That was my seventh time hiking up Gros Morne,” she said. “When there’s no snow I walk a lot, and hike, I love to be outside.”

Last Wednesday Moss was organizing her trophies, in fact, she said, there were so many she needed multiple boxes. She’s received awards for darts and curling, and has golfed in the past as well.

But her main love is being on skis. Moss replaces her gear every few years, as it wears out (and she does wear it out), and maintains her membership in the local ski club.

She also loves that grand tradition of being in the woods, making a fire and having tea.

“There’s nothing like having a boil-up in the woods after having a day of skiing, it’s really one of my favourite things to do,” she said. “You’re together with your friends, outside, I get in there and I don’t want to leave, I’m not even thinking of getting back to my car.”

When Moss started skiing she was prone to all the nervousness of any first timer. If hills came up or rough terrain, she’d get a little scared. But she pushed through it, taught herself how to handle any situation and she’s now at the point where she might be able to win one of those trophies for cross-country skiing.

Moss’ husband died 20 years ago and has two children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.




Geographic location: PASADENA, Nature Park

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