Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 25, 2008

Photo Story: Still stoked & skiing at 83

BY TYLER SIPE

Claire Nixon descended her first ski slope in 1933, the year Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated as the country's 32nd president, gasoline sold at 10 cents a gallon and a first-class stamp cost 3 cents.

Today, you can find Nixon, now 83, zig-zagging the same area ski slopes she once graced at age 8.

Nixon visits Boyne Mountain about twice a week, often adorned in a black, one-piece snow suit and bright pink goggles with locks of her thick gray hair framing a friendly face.

"I love skiing because I find it really invigorating to go real fast and to be able to compete in nature," Nixon said.

She and her late husband Donald Nixon and their four children always favored family vacations spent skiing in Colorado, Idaho and Utah over the warm beaches of Florida or California.

"You really couldn't live in my family and not be able to ski," said Nixon, who also has 10 grandchildren who ski and snowboard. "It is kind of a prerequisite."