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Meyer: 90-year-old skier having a hill of a good time

02/28/2012

By: John Meyer
The Denver Post
February 28, 2012

WINTER PARK — Bob Brunson didn’t discover the joy of skiing until he was 49 years old, but he will tell you it has changed his life.

For the past 41 years.

A World War II fighter pilot who will turn 91 in June, Brunson has to take it easy, and he skis with an oxygen tank because of a lung problem that almost killed him a year ago. But he’s a proud member of Winter Park’s SkiMeisters club for senior citizens — and a popular one at that.

“The women love him,” said SkiMeister member P.J. Slovikoski, 68. “The SkiMeister women love Bob.”

What’s not to love? I wanted to hug him the whole time I was with him. And I want to be like him when I grow up.

Brunson first got hooked on skiing because it was “something physical to do,” but it soon meant much more to him, as it does for most of us who feel the joy it brings us deep in our souls.

Brunson first got hooked on skiing because it was “something physical to do,” but it soon meant much more to him, as it does for most of us who feel the joy it brings us deep in our souls.