OK the laughing turned out not to be the flirting I thought it was--he was REALLY laughing at the thought of me out there on my butt! Obviously he had signed up many middle aged women who thought they were too cool and NOT in better shape than they looked. It is very hard to look cool when you are either on your butt or struggling to get off your butt. Now I did try the "lay back and look around like I meant to do that" pose, but I'm not sure anyone bought it.
By the end of the day I had it all figured out--a tall, cold vodka in my hand (and pressed up against my aching wrist-medicating myself inside and out) I sat by the window watching in awe as the Wild Ones zig-zagged across the hill as if they had been snowboarding for 4 years instead of 4 hours...and laughing at all the middle aged people landing on their backsides knowing tomorrow would be another advil day.