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March 30, 2014

Headed up: Skier, 103, hits slopes

TRAVERSE CITY — Onlookers anxiously watched the peak of the run for what seemed like hours as they awaited a glimpse of Lou Batori.

Moments before, Batori, a local skiing legend at age 103, disappeared over a crest at Crystal Mountain on the chairlift. He hadn’t been out for a jaunt down the slopes since about a year before and was a bit shaky as he boarded the lift.

The oldest racer in NASTAR history hit the slopes one afternoon last week to continue his race against time. His penchant for downhill skiing earned him a TV segment on CBS Sunday morning three years ago. And it ensured the Glen Lake resident a bit of local celebrity.

“I like it,” said Batori when asked why he persists. “I like to look at the slopes. It’s more inspirational than the best architecture in the world.”

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