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Birthday boy George Jedenoff flanked by old friends Junior and Maxine Bounous.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

George Turns 100 And Skis On His Birthday

Snowbird Made Special Arrangements So George Could Celebrate By Skiing In July. George Jedenoff became an avid skier 51 years ago when he moved to Salt Lake City to oversee the Geneva Steel Plant. He learned from the best: iconic Junior Bounous, legendary Alf Engen, and release binding inventor Earl Miller. At that time, Miller performed stunt falls to show[Read More…]

by July 6, 2017 4 comments Ski Heroes
Two-time Olympian Tom Corcoran was an all-around athlete who put Waterville Valley on the map.
Credit: Waterville Valley Resort.

Waterville Valley Pioneer Tom Corcoran Dies At 85

Tom Corcoran, an Olympic skier and developer of Waterville Valley Resort, has died at 85 at this home in Seabrook Island, SC. Read the story of how he created a mountain resort from scratch and brought the Kennedys to visit by clicking here.

by June 30, 2017 0 comments Ski Heroes
Bud showing a some form.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Senior Skier Profiles: Two Kings Of The Hill

These Octogenarians Are High Spirited Role Models. Some skiers slow down as they get older. But Bud Temple (84) and Paul Jacobsen (89) pick up steam. Each has skied for more than 70 years. They each learned on primitive equipment in a city park. Meet Bud Temple Bud launched into skiing in an unusual way. While a student at the[Read More…]

by June 5, 2017 1 comment Ski Heroes
George at Alta this February.  He's an inspiration to us all.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

George Jedenoff, 99-1/2, Skis Like A Teenager

Powder Is His Passion, And His Daily Workout Keeps Him Fit. Let’s Grow Up Like Him. George is an inspiration. Watch him ski and you’d never know he’s over 99. He skis Alta or Snowbird every day when he’s in Utah, and he has a knack for finding patches of untracked powder days after a storm. George came to Utah[Read More…]

by February 21, 2017 3 comments Ski Heroes
Stein thrilled visitors to Park City with his aerial flips. He was a gymnast in school and his graceful moves influenced several generations of free stylers.
Credit: Park City

Stein Eriksen Honored

Pioneer of Modern Skiing and Beloved Park City Community Member Remembered. Stein Eriksen’s kind demeanor and passion for alpine skiing defined him in equal measure. An accomplished gymnast, Stein transformed skiing by integrating aerials and other acrobatics into the sport. Stein proudly represented his home country of Norway in the 1952 Oslo Olympic Winter Games, winning gold in giant slalom[Read More…]

by January 4, 2017 2 comments Ski Heroes
John Christie as a young ski instructor.

10 Reasons To Go Skiing This Winter: John Christie’s Last Article

[Editor Note: We are honored to publish one of John Christie’s last articles about skiing, snow, and the outdoors.  John was one of snow sports most ardent supporters, from his days as a college racer to the development and management of major ski resorts in Maine and Vermont. He passed away in the spring, and to us, he was an original[Read More…]

by December 20, 2016 1 comment Ski Heroes
John Andrew points out ski areas he's skiied on a the wall-sized map in his Renton, Wash., home. 
Credit: John Nelson

Skiing North America: Every Resort, Everywhere

An 85-Year Old Believes Someone Has To Do It; It Might As Well Be Him. So many ski areas, so little time. Yet at age 85, John Andrew is still busily crossing them off his list. Over the past 20 years, Andrew has been on a mission to ski all 700 alpine resorts in North America. He’s currently at 528,[Read More…]

by October 31, 2016 8 comments Home Top Box 4, Ski Heroes
As he did with so many things, Warren finds his own way to wax. Credit: Warren Miller Personal Archive

Review: Warren Miller’s Latest Is A Winner!

“Here, There, & Every Where” Brings Out Pre-Season Inner Child. Warren Miller has been bringing out my pre-season Inner Child since I was a kid in Troy, NY. Every Fall he presented and narrated his latest film to a full house. For me he conveyed an impossibly aspirational message: Make a life choice that will allow you to ski, whenever and[Read More…]

by October 25, 2016 0 comments Ski Heroes
Ski Pioneer Film-Maker Warren Miller lacing up at the Matterhorn.  His beautiful and fun-filled films brought new people to skiing in the 60s and 70s. The WME company continues to produce over the top visual feasts.

Warren Miller’s Story: You May Be A Skier Because Of Him

New Autobiography Shows How Miller Created Skiing’s Visual Brand. For any senior who’s ever attended a Warren Miller film, Freedom Found, My Life Story will provide an intriguing look at skiing history as well as Miller’s success story. The autobiography is a must-read for anyone with a mindset to dig into the ups-and-downs of skiing—and real life. Freedom Found is[Read More…]

by September 28, 2016 2 comments Home Top Box 1, Ski Heroes
Alaska Spine Skiing: A Virtual, Visceral, Vicarious Experience

Alaska Spine Skiing: A Virtual, Visceral, Vicarious Experience

While We All Await The Snow To Fly, This Might Give You A Rush. Pro skier and extreme athlete Richard Permin rips down a spine ridge in Alaska somewhere.  While we aren’t advocating this kind of skiing, we do appreciate the skill and courage it takes to even try it.  Note Richard’s heavy breathing as he negotiates some knarly steepness[Read More…]

by August 31, 2016 0 comments Ski Heroes
The Alf Engen Ski Museum in Park City opened the Stein Eriksen exhibit this month.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Stein Eriksen: Secret Tales Of His Life

The Ski Industry Remembers His Humor And Tenderness. Iconic Stein Eriksen was famous for his stylish and graceful ski turns. Generation of skiers tried to mimic him. “Stein made the turns we all wish we could make,” said Tom Kelly, vice president of communications for the United States Ski and Snowboard Association. “Everyone who met him came away with a[Read More…]

by July 27, 2016 1 comment Ski Heroes
Cross-Country Legend Sven Wiik, 95

Cross-Country Legend Sven Wiik, 95

Olympic Ski Coach, X-C Pioneer, Hotel Owner Was A Major Contributor To Growth Of The Sport. Sven Wiik, a Swedish native who helped promote cross-country skiing in North America through coaching and promoting the sport, has died at 95 in Steamboat Springs, CO.  Wiik is known as a pioneer in the sport, creating the design for the American Birkebeiner trail[Read More…]

by July 7, 2016 0 comments Ski Heroes
SeniorsSkiing.com salutes George Jedenoff on his 98th birthday.
Credit: Ski Utah

Inspiring “Powder Philosophy”: George Jedenoff, 98

George Says Make The Most Of What You’ve Got. “It’s a pleasure by itself to be in the great, fresh cold air that seems to uncloud your brain…It’s a chance to reflect on your own life…[Skiing] is an opportunity to reflect on the wonderful things you can do…The plusses far outweigh the minuses…Take time to appreciate the positives.” Thanks to Ski Utah[Read More…]

by March 2, 2016 2 comments Ski Heroes
Bebe Wood: Approaching 90 And Going Strong

Bebe Wood: Approaching 90 And Going Strong

Skiing Since The 30s, She Has Seen Lots Of Changes. In 1949, 23 year old Bebe Wood left her job at Dartmouth College and traveled to Idaho seeking adventure as a ski bum in Sun Valley. By then, she had already been skiing for about 10 years!  Thus began her long association with the ski industry. Today, approaching her 90th birthday,[Read More…]

by February 9, 2016 15 comments Home Top Box 4, Ski Heroes
Stein Eriksen, one of the first ski celebrities, was a pioneer in acrobatics.
Credit: Park City

Remembering Stein

SeniorsSkiing.com Co-Publisher Jon Weisberg Remembers His Encounter With The Ski Legend. Several years ago, Jon Weisberg shared a chair lift ride with Stein and later on a dinner table.  Here are his recollections as published in Huff 50.  

by January 5, 2016 1 comment Ski Heroes

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