Want to ski until you’re 100 years old? Meet the oldsters who can show you how

George Jedenoff celebrated his 100th birthday on the slopes of Utah

If you’ve ever doubted that age is just a number, the wave of elderly skiers taking the internet by storm should go some way to proving you're never too old to hit the slopes.

The likes of George Jedenoff, who celebrated his 100th birthday on the slopes of Utah last month, Patricia Savage, a 91-year-old skiing grandma from Australia, and 91-year-old war veteran Tommy Tomasi, who still skis every day, are proof that a life spent enjoying the slopes can prove to be a long and happy one.

Jedenoff first found fame in 2014 when, aged 96, a video of him skiing on a powder day went viral. Since then he has been a source of inspiration - and news attention - in his favourite resort of Snowbird in Utah.

It’s therefore hardly surprising that Jedenoff decided to ring in his 100th birthday with a couple of runs on his favourite mountain - what better way to mark a century!

“I couldn’t think of a better birthday present than skiing and having all this attention,” said Jedenoff to local press on his birthday. And his secret to skiing at 100? “Exercise every day, eat right and have fun,” he says - sounds easy enough, right?

While Jedenoff might be the oldest and most famous member of the 90-plus club, his fellow members are by no means less inspiring. Patricia Savage is an Australian grandmother from Brisbane who has been spotted recently on the slopes of Perisher, Australia’s largest ski resort, part of the Vail Resorts group.

Mrs Savage still loves the slopes

Mrs Savage first experienced snow Down Under in 1963. “I thought someone had put a diamond on every leaf. It was just magic,” she said of her first sighting of fresh flakes on the trees. She’s been visiting the slopes of Perisher since 1964 and skied there every year.

“I’m not aiming to do anything too fancy, I just want to be able to ski along and to do some nice little turns and get down safely and go up and do it again,” said Mrs Savage in a video on the resort’s YouTube channel - warning, the footage of her playing in the snow will melt your heart.

Then there’s Tommy Tomasi, 91, who emigrated from Italy to Australia after World War Two and who last season proved he's not too old to ski every day. “I never think to give up. If you can do it, I can do it,” he said in a video released by the Thredbo ski patrol, which he founded. Tomasi is still skiing up to seven hours every day with the patrol and the story of how he transformed his life from being a prisoner of war to a veteran of the slopes well illustrates the restorative power of spending your life in the mountains.

The unifying factor for all these older skiers? Their love for the sport. “When I get up in the mountains I feel good,” said Tomasi.

Tommy Tomasi still works for the ski patrol

Whether on one plank or two it's great if you can start young, like the children who are bound to show you up in the terrain park. But the 90-plus club shows the rest of us that if you love snow sports then there’s no reason to let age get in your way of enjoying it - and it's never too late to start.

Looking for some parting advice from the experts? According to Jedenoff, “Age is just a number. Forget about the number and live every day which you got and you gonna’ last longer.” Roger that George.

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