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101 Year Old Skis Alta

101 Year Old Skis Alta

| 0 Comments | February 18th, 2019 | By Guest Blogger

Words by: Harriet Wallis 

He tears up powder like a teenager. And if there's just a little powder along the edge of a trail, he'll tear that up too.

He can do it at 101 years of age because he keeps himself fit. He works out every day before breakfast. Staying fit for life is a lesson we all might learn from him.  

George was always athletic, but he learned to ski when he was 43. He'd been transferred to Utah to be the general manager of the thriving Geneva Steel Plant and decided to try skiing.  

He learned from the best: Alta’s legendary Alf Engen, Snowbird’s iconic Junior Bonous, and Earl Miller, the granddaddy of release bindings.

“While buying my first pair of skis in Orem, I ran into Earl Miller who offered to teach me how to ski. Of course I used Miller bindings – the only safe bindings available at that time. We used the rope tow at Alta Lodge for my first lesson,” he said. 

Miller promoted his bindings with photos of himself in wild falls showing how the bindings released. "One day Earl paid me quite a compliment: 'You know, George, you've made some falls I've never seen before!'" 

But George quickly learned to ski, and he fell in love with the sport, the scenery, the fresh mountain air, and especially the powder. 

He bursts with enthusiasm for snow and also for life. I rode the Supreme chair with George recently and asked for his advice. He said: "Always be kind to others. Count your blessings and don't let life's problems overshadow the good in life. And above all, never give up."  

George is Alta's powder hound patriarch. And he's a role model for skiers of all ages.  

Alta was fortunate to recently host George Jedenoff and family in early-February. The snow gods were generous and there was plenty of great snow for the 101 year old powderhound. Stay tuned for more stories about George from Alta and Ski Utah.

Until then, enjoy some previous George stories from Ski Utah and Powder Magazine:

To read more from Harriet  Wallis click here for her stories on 

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