“I figure I’m good for five or six years yet,” said Trapper Jerry, on his 92nd birthday in 2009.
So far, he’s right on track.
Sunshine Village’s roving ambassador celebrated celebrate his 95th Valentine’s day birthday in usual fashion – accepting accolades from staff and guests – and then showing everyone he still has the legs that would put some skiers half his age to shame.
Jerry Kernen was a trapper in Depression-eraSaskatchewan, working the lines to keep the creditors away from the door. His long and fruitful association with Sunshine Village began in 1962, where he starting working winters for the ski resort to supplement his summer farming income back home.
Today – 50 years later – Trapper Jerry is one of the best known and loved members of Sunshine’s staff. He still has his driver’s license, and pilots his diesel Mercedes regularly from his home in Saskatoon for extended stays in Banff.
In summers, he finds time for motorcycling and racing a motor boat.
Jerry is living proof that skiing is a healthy activity that can remain enjoyable well beyond retirement years. In fact, Jerry credits his regular ski trips with keeping him in top physical condition.
And Sunshine is not just for those who like the extreme terrain. With 10cm overnight and a variety of low-impact, moderate runs ensure anyone can enjoy this healthy activity in the safest of circumstances.
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