His motivation to continue skiing doesn't come from any one part of the sport. "It's exercise. I enjoy the people I work with. I enjoyed helping the people when they needed it and it got me on the hill."
Being in nature also appeals to him as well. "(I enjoy) the freedom, the surroundings, the clean air and the scenery," said Achter.
He isn't a loner on the mountain either. "All my old friends are still skiing," said Achter. He has even become well known after all these years. "Everybody on the hill knows 'the old man,'" said Achter.
He couldn't devote his entire life to the mountains as a volunteer. He also worked 30 years at the Department of Motor Vehicles. During that time he volunteered on weekends. Achter is a Farmington resident of 30 years.
His son, who is 31, has caught the skiing bug as well. Every so often the two ski together. Achter also still skies with his brother. His wife also has participated in the sport on occasion.
His son chooses tougher terrain than he does now, though. His skiing style is not as ambitious as it once was. At 76, he skies only the groomed trails. "I leave the rough stuff for my kids and the younger people," said Achter.
Achter understands that he's not the same as he used to be. Achter is well aware that being able to ski at his age requires knowing his limits. "You have to be able to back off when you can't do it anymore," said Achter.
Unbelievably, Achter has never had a major injury while skiing.
For several years he said he wouldn't ski the following season. Yet by September, he was always ready for more.
Only time will tell how long he will keep it up, but if he still has joy in the sport, he probably always will.