Pioneer of American skiing to celebrate 100th birthday at Wolf Creek Ski Area.


By Simon Fuger

Special to The SUN

November marks the 100th birthday of Charles Elliot, who will mark the occasion, as always, by skiing.

Elliot is one of the founders of the Wolf Creek Ski Area, the National Ski Patrol and is a past president of the Gray Wolves Ski Club. He was inducted in into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2011 and is a lifetime member of the National Ski Patrol. Elliot is credited with bringing skiing to the San Juans in 1934 and has skied every year since, except for four years during World War II when he served in the military. He continues to ski beautifully and actively participates in the sport that has brought him so much pleasure for nearly 80 years.

Friends will celebrate Charles' remarkable life at the Wolf Creek Ski Area, one of the nation’s oldest still active ski areas. Conditions and his health permitting, those in attendance hope to be able to make a few runs with Charles.

Join in celebrating Charles remarkable achievements at the Wolf Creek Ski Area on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Celebrants will gather at Base Camp at 10 a.m. to ski, then hold the birthday celebration at 11:30.

For more information, go to or contact Simon Fuger at or 264-1003.