In celebration of his hundredth year on the planet last July Orinda’s George Jedenoff traipsed up to Snowbird – the fabled Utah ski resort – to carve a few summer lines with pals.
They even opened the tram for him, the Lamorinda centenarian causing quite a stir, with fellow skiers and Lodge Bunnies alike flocking to get a picture with him.
While many of us are content to nurse our fragile knees and tennis elbows from a couch, deadening the pain with a pint of Haagen Dazs, Jedenoff remains a season ticket holder at the Utah resort and apparently has passed from being merely inspiring to living legend status.
Born in Petrozavodsk, Russia, he immigrated to the U.S. with his family at the age of 4, grew up in California and graduated from Stanford before going to work for US Steel. Over the course of his career he served as president of Kaiser Steel before he retired in 1980. Somewhere in there he learned to ski, at age 43 – and he’s been going ever since.