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92-Year-Old Still Skiing (More Days Than You) in Maine

Planning 46-plus ski days this winter

Ed Hendrickson skis in jeans, but we’re giving him a free pass. The 92-year-old former navy pilot and instructional-arts teacher has skied 24 days so far this winter and hopes to eclipse the 46 days he notched last season. Most of his days are spent at local Hermon Mountain in Hermon, Maine, but he’s also planning a trip out to Park City, Utah, later this winter.

Hendrickson stopped skiing for a time around age 65, when his wife, Eiffe, was no longer able to join him. "I didn’t feel it right to keep skiing and her not," he said, "So I quit skiing right then." After 62 years of marriage, Eiffe passed away in 2007, and Hendrickson took up the sport again at the age of 88. (No excuses, nonagenarians: he's also started using Facebook and owns a smartphone.)

"I’ll hold on as long as I can," he said. "I don’t know what I’ll do if I have to stop skiing. Go crazy, I guess."

There's a great video of Hendrickson in action at Bangor Daily News.

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