Oldest skier on the piste

Richard Wilson
Richard Wilson

THE city may have just welcomed the oldest skier in the country.

Richard Wilson , 91, took to the slopes of SNO!zone in Xscape to take a lesson organised by his grandson Glen Greener.

Glen runs a snow sports company, Gravity, which offers race training and specialist coaching at the city slope.

Richard had a lesson with Disability Snowsports UK, which runs a school in Milton Keynes, and he travelled all the way from his home in Cumbria to take part.

He was shown how to use a sit-ski, a moulded seat attached to a metal frame, with his instructor before he advanced to navigating it himself.

Richard said: “I’ve always been fascinated by Glen’s job and was delighted when he organised the lesson for me.

“Steering the sit-ski was much like riding a motorcycle and the feeling of going down the slope was fantastic. I’ve booked myself in for another lesson already.”

Sarah Porteus, head of marketing at SNO!zone, said: “The DSUK ski school and its instructors has become incredibly popular and makes sure that everyone can enjoy snowsports, regardless of their ability.

“We were thrilled to see Mr Wilson on the slope and he’s certainly the oldest customer we’ve ever welcomed onto our slopes, if not the oldest skier in the UK.”