Legendary Skier Junior Bounous

SNOWBIRD, Utah – It’s not every day that you can spot one of the legendary fathers of skiing at your favorite ski resort, but those who spend a decent amount of time at Snowbird have a much better chance than most of us.

98-year-old Junior Bounous is one of those legends, learning to ski on his family farm in Provo, Utah, and building his way through greatness ever since. In 1971, he helped design and cut the first trails that make up the Snowbird resort. Then he was pulled in to run the resort’s Mountain School, helping to create a system built around fun

Junior Bounous, a 98-year-old ski enthusiast defies age and continues to shred the slopes. His granddaughter, in her book “Junior Bounous and the Joys of Skiing,” beautifully captures his passion for the sport. This heartwarming tale showcases the remarkable determination and love that Junior has for skiing, reminding us that age is just a number when it comes to pursuing our passions.

When Warren Miller says you’re one of his favorite skiers, you know you’re top of the line. Junior holds the world record for the oldest heli-skier, and he carried the Olympic torch in 2002. Plus he’s a member of the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame. Skiing would probably look at least a bit different if he was never around.

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