Bob Stowell sure knows how to pick ‘em.
The Prince George skier came to Marmot Basin April 12 and practically had the hill to himself for the next five days. He had classic spring skiing conditions—sunny and soft—interrupted by the occasional flurry.
“We had eight centimetres on Tuesday,” he said. “It was wonderful!”
Timing is everything, but experience must have something to do with Stowell’s serendipitous ski sojourn selection. He has, after all, been patronizing Marmot Basin since 1967. If you believe him, he’s 92-years-old.
“If you don’t use it, you lose it,” he said.
Not that he hasn’t had some help from the medical establishment. He’s got two artificial knees and one artificial hip. He realized he needed the new hip when he was having trouble buckling his ski boots—not exactly a common setback for someone his age.
“Some of us have problems with our slippers,” he laughed.
Long since retired from the logging business, Stowell makes the long drive to Marmot Basin every year.
This five-day visit was his third trip since March.
“I don’t understand why people stop coming this time of year,” he said. “It’s great skiing.”
He appreciates the staff, too. Whether it’s folks helping him with his equipment or simply a sking how he’s doing, “they do a good job,” he said. “They always say hello.”
He often gets the question ‘how long have you been skiing?’ An 82-year-old skier inquired the other day, in fact.
“I said ‘oh you’re just a kid,’” he laughed.
Before getting in his truck and hitting the road, he reflected briefly on his fortune to be living his life the way he likes.
“I’m not bragging, I’m just lucky,” he said. “Because when you get old, if you haven’t got your health, you’ve got f*** all.”