Bob Brunson remembers when Winter Park only had T-bars for lifts. He is still skiing at age 90, and Winter Park will be honoring him for his skiing and his birthday. When asked the secret to skiing at age 90, Brunson said, “I suppose it helps I was born so long ago.” Ultimately, though, he chalks it up to good genes.

Brunson is a long-time member of the SkiMeisters Club at Winter Park. You have to be 55 years old to join SkiMeisters. “I have really enjoyed my time with the SkiMeisters. They are a bunch of good friends,” Brunson said. The group has over 400 members and a waiting list to join. Those in line can expect to wait two to three years to be a member.

They’re safety conscious, too. The SkiMeisters Board of Directors passed a resolution in March, 2010, that all members and guests must wear a ski helmet to participate in the Downhill Program.

SkiMeisters spend a lot of time on the slopes together but they also do other outdoor activities and social functions. They’ll help Brunson celebrate his big birthday on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Skiing begins at 10 a.m. at the Arrow Lift with a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in West Portal Station.

Brunson grew up in a small cabin in Eldora, Colo., before the town ever became a ski area. He was a U.S. Navy World War II fighter pilot before moving to Colorado. He didn’t get the ski bug until age 50. He then became a ski patroller at Eldora and Hidden Valley.

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