Skiing Pioneer And Snowbird Legend Junior Bounous Turns 98

Snowbird, Utah, announced on Facebook yesterday, August 24th, that Junior Bounous, the man behind the resort's vast network of trails, turned 98.

In the post, Snowbird shared part of Bounous' impressive life story.

From the post's caption:

"Junior’s legacy at Snowbird began before the resort opened, as he mapped out and cut the ski runs we know and love. He went on to be the first Ski School Director, Director of Skiing and, at 96, set the Guinness World Record for the world’s oldest helicopter skier."

Buonous isn't just a world record holder and beloved member of Snowbird's skiing community; he's also been an athlete in several Warren Miller films, like the 1974 flick The Color of Skiing.

Check out Bounous and Jerry Warren in The Color of Skiing below:

According to a Snowbird blog post written by Dawn Cardinale, Buonous was born in the 1920s in Provo, Utah, where he first got his start skiing on his family's fruit farm, dodging manure piles while he learned the ropes.

Between now and then, his list of accolades in the skiing world has grown immense, including, as Cardinale writes, "movies, magazine covers, gelande championships, national titles, Olympic trials, the US National Ski Hall of Fame and carrying the Olympic torch in 2002."

Hats off to Buonous for giving so much to skiing, and happy birthday from all of us at Powder!

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