Ski pioneer Charles Elliott celebrates 100th by shredding slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Area

Elliott helped found Wolf Creek in 1930s

American skiing pioneer Charles Elliott celebrated his 100th birthday as he does any other -- by shredding the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Area, which he helped found in the 1930s.

Elliott was cheered on Tuesday by 150 friends and fans, including members of the Gray Wolves Ski Club.

How did he feel about notching a century of life?

"I guess it is special, it only happens every 100 years," Elliott said. 

As part of the birthday celebration, the US Freestyle Ski Team, which is currently practicing at Wolf Creek, made Elliott an honorary member of the US Ski Team and presented him with his official Team jacket.

Elliott is revered as one of the pioneers of skiing in the San Juan Mountains and a found of Wolf Creek. He has been inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and is a lifetime member of the National Ski Patrol, which he helped found in Colorado.

Elliott has skied every year since 1934, except for the five years when he served in the Air Force during World War II.

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