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95-year-old Utah man may have set world helicopter skiing record

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A 95-year-old Utah man is believed to have set the world record as the oldest person to helicopter ski. (Photo: Sam Watson via Snowbird)

A 95-year-old Utah man is believed to have set the world record as the oldest person to helicopter ski.

Snowbird made the announcement Wednesday.

Junior Bounous skied four runs in the Wasatch Mountains near Snowbird, Utah on Monday, April 5 with his son Steve Bounous, daughter-in-law Suzanne Bounous and granddaughters Ajya and Tyndall Bounous along with other friends, according to a news release.

Monday marked Bounous' 60th day skiing in the 2020-21 season.

“It was beyond belief to have a day like this,” Bounous said of his record-breaking ski day.

I stand here and I feel so sentimental that it’s almost hard to talk about. It was such a special day that was never anticipated or expected.

Junior Bounous previously worked at Snowbird as its first mountain school director and then director of skiing. He was born on Aug. 24, 1925 in Provo, Utah and is "considered one of the legends of American skiing," according to Snowbird officials.

The Bounous family was informed by Guinness World Record that the previous helicopter skiing age record holder was 94 and 306 days old. Bounous was aged 95 years and 224 days on Monday. The record information has been submitted and is now under review for official certification by Guinness World Records, a news release states.


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