A dream of every skier is being healthy enough to ski at 100-years-old. On July 5th, Utah skier George Jedenoff did just that as he marked his 100th birthday by skiing Snowbird Resort.
According to a press release from Ski Utah, Jedenoff has been skiing Little Cottonwood Canyon at both Alta and Snowbird every year since 1960. As a lifetime advocate for skiing, and a local legend, Snowbird Resort helped the centenarian celebrate by fulfilling his lifelong goal of making turns on his 100th birthday. Snowbird, while no longer open to the public for winter activities, groomed a patch of snow on the upper mountain just for this special occasion.
“I can’t thank Ski Utah or Snowbird Resort enough today for allowing me this opportunity,” says George Jedenoff. “Alta and Snowbird have been an important part of my life and to be up here making turns on this momentous occasion is a dream.”
George learned how to ski at Alta when he was 43 years old and claims it was the best decision he has ever made. Ski Utah says he is a remarkable man with many life achievements, including a large family legacy of winter sport advocates. George, who draws his true happiness from the slopes, has become an inspiration to the Utah ski community since connecting with Ski Utah in 2013. Through the annual ritual of skiing with the Ski Utah crew and producing a video each season, a great friendship has ensued.
“George is the definition of what all skiers aspire to be,” says Nathan Rafferty, CEO/President of Ski Utah. “His never-give-up attitude, commitment to the sport, and love of The Greatest Snow on Earth is why we are thrilled to help celebrate in this major milestone.”