With 375′ of vertical drop, Michigan’s Crystal Mountain is small ski area with one of the biggest souls in all of skiing. Lou Batori is not just the oldest known skier at 107 years old but he is also one of the most determined and dedicated schussers to ever grace fresh corduroy.
To honor that storied legacy, Crystal Mountain is naming one of its runs after this perfect example of ‘aging gracefully.’ The run will be named “Cheers to Lou.”
Lou’s keys to longevity: “A good wife, only drinking the best quality liquor and picking your parents carefully.” – Lou Batori
Batori, who was born in the Transylvania region of Hungary, emigrated to Michigan in the late 1920’s and has skied there ever since. He credits his home hill of Crystal Mountain for being able to serve up nearly as much vert in a single day as many of the ski destinations out west thanks to its phenomenal lift operations.