Couple records 100th day of Alpine touring |

Couple records 100th day of Alpine touring

Doris Spencer (left), 68, and partner Kent Willoughby, 76, celebrated their 100th Alpine touring ascent of the season Monday morning at Arapahoe Basin. The pair reached 130 total days of uphill travel last season at area resorts — primarily A Basin and Keystone.
Bill Linfield / Special to the Daily |

For Summit County locals Ken Willoughby, 76, and Doris Spencer, 68, it’s just part of their morning routine. Most days during ski season the two get up before dawn, head to either Arapahoe Basin Ski Area or Keystone Resort, strap on their skis and hike up. At A-Basin that’s a 1,700-foot climb to the top of the Continental Divide. After coffee in the summit hut and a glance at the day’s newspaper, they ski back down — all before the lifts open. While most of us would be happy with 20 to 30 days of lift-served skiing in a season, as of last Monday the couple hit day 100 of Alpine touring again this winter. Last season they notched 130 days of uphill travel. They say Alpine touring, or skinning — using climbing skins attached to skis — is part of what keeps them young and active.

Meet them on the slopes and they’ll likely share Willoughby’s mantra: “You don’t give up skinning because you are old; you get old because you give up skinning.”

He turns 77 this month.

— Staff report

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