Junior Bounous has been with Snowbird because it first opened again in 1971. At virtually 100 years outdated, he’s skied extra strains this season than most of us might have dreamed of doing ourselves.
In Utah, they name him the Godfather of Snowboarding — and with good cause. Bounous picked up the game lengthy earlier than most of our dad and mom had been even a twinkle within the eye.
In 1971, in his mid-40s, he helped construct Snowbird from the bottom up, grew to become the resort’s first ski faculty director, and ultimately graduated to director of snowboarding. In these roles, the man’s doubtlessly left his mark on the Wasatch Vary.
This season, he actually left just a few marks on its inbounds trails.
Snowbird opened for the 2021-2022 season on Dec. 1. Between opening day and April 25, Bounous had skied 96 out of 145 days. In doing so, he met the aim he’d set for himself this 12 months: to ski someday for yearly he’s been alive. Really feel lazy but? Yeah, similar right here.
In his near-countless seasons, the nonagenarian has ascended to legendary heights. Olympic trials, the U.S. Nationwide Ski Corridor of Fame, gelande championships, nationwide titles, movies, journal covers — the record of his accomplishments is to not be trifled with. In 2002 Bounous carried the Olympic torch. In 2021, he set the Guinness World File because the world’s oldest heliskier.
Extra spectacular nonetheless, he’s by no means torn a ligament or damaged a bone. Health, for him, is a matter of staying energetic year-round. His warmer-weather efforts usually encompass yardwork and high-altitude hikes round Utah.
To people who know him, Junior Bounous is far more than a mannequin skier. “Colleagues discuss non-skiing classes from Junior: the right way to deal with individuals, be a very good good friend, and expertise each facet of the mountain,” Snowbird’s Daybreak Cardinale reported. He and his lately departed spouse of 70 years “loved the mountain at a really intentional tempo,” she wrote.
For a deeper dive into the person, the parable, the legend that’s Junior Bounous, try Cardinale’s article, “The Knowledge and Surprise of Junior Bounous” — stay now on the Snowbird weblog.