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Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkRussell Ferris

If Summit County is Colorado’s playground, Russell Ferris can’t stop playing.Ferris, a Keystone resident who has lived in the county for 26 years, is a stereotypical ski bum that moved here from Michigan expecting a good time and hasn’t left since – he finds it every day. “I was driving around looking for a place to go,” Ferris said. I looked at a map, and thought Breckenridge would be pretty cool. I was running a little low on money, walked up to a construction site and got hired.”His first high altitude hiring put him on somewhat of a historic job. He ended up laying the foundation for what is now the Village at Breckenridge and helped build the dam that holds back Maggie Pond. “Life was easy and fun,” Ferris said.Some may not consider his way of doing things easy. When the money wasn’t there, Ferris would live in his truck for months at a time sometimes.

“Those were definitely interesting times,” he said.Over a quarter of a century later, Ferris is a local in every aspect, and takes advantage of what Summit has to offer on a daily basis. He skied over 90 days this winter, and this summer Ferris said seldom there will be a day where he doesn’t have a fishing pole in hand or a water ski on his feet. Ferris turns 50 this summer and has come up with a good way to celebrate his monumental birthday and his home county at the same time. The recently licensed real estate agent plans to ski down a mountain and water ski in the Green Mountain Resevoir in the same day. “I don’t know of any other counties you can do that in,” Ferris said. Ferris loves waterskiing so much, he’s put out an offer to anyone that wants to go with him.”If someone wants to go skiing with me, all they have to do is pay for the gas and I’ll take them out,” Ferris said.

Ferris can be reached at (970) 470-1593.Do you ever get any work done?”I’ve been having a lot of fun lately. I haven’t been sitting in the office much.”Isn’t the water freezing when you’re water skiing?

“Last year my first day waterskiing was June 6th. You couldn’t feel your feet. It was kind of painful. But it was me and my boat and a bunch of girls from Vail, so it was worth it.” Talk about one of your favorite moments on Green Mountain Resevoir.”At the end of the day when the water turns to glass, the fish are jumping and you’re making turns, it’s great. “Last year I was pulling my son on a ski. He let go, and while he was climbing in the boat, I saw a fish jump and threw a line out and hooked it. It was a salmon that I brought back to Pug Ryan’s, and they deep fried it for me.”

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