Senior Frank Walter has set a goal of skiing 6 million vertical feet |

Senior Frank Walter has set a goal of skiing 6 million vertical feet

COPPER MOUNTAIN – Eighty-year-old Frank Walter bought his first place at Copper Mountain the first season it opened. He’s been skiing there ever since the inaugural 1972-73 season.

As of noon Thursday, Feb. 13, Walter had skied 95 days – with a total of 4,033,000 vertical feet. His goal for this season is to ski 6 million vertical feet. He set his past record, 6,007,000 vertical feet, during the 2000-01 season.

In 1975 Walter got a lifetime pass to Copper Mountain. He firmly believes Copper is the best mountain in the area.

Walter was president of the International Society of Automotive Engineers in 1986. In 1988, he retired from Chrysler, where he worked in engineering and product development. Upon retirement, he was able to ski 120 days per year.

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