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The recent post about the 100 year old skier reminded me that when I returned to Obergurgl last season I was amazed to see that an instructor called Albert was still teaching. He taught my kids about 10 years ago and I think he was in his 70s then, so must be in his 80s now. (Though perhaps I misremember. Surely you can't still be teaching at that age?)

Anyway, that started me wondering if he's the oldest operating ski instructor. I'm sure someone will know of some Methuselah of the pistes?
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There was an Iranian guy called Guily? teaching in Soldeu for many years, I think into his 80's, sadly, the last I heard, he had advanced Alzheimers.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
tangowaggon wrote:
There was an Iranian guy called Guily? teaching in Soldeu for many years, I think into his 80's, sadly, the last I heard, he had advanced Alzheimers.


is he still teaching?
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Albert, incidentally, is a local who lives a bit further down the Otz valley. He farms his cows during summer and teaches skiing in winter. He is first on the lifts each morning, so he can get in an hour of skiing before starting his lessons.
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I have no idea how old Ali Ross is but he seems to have been around for ever. Cool
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I once got a free copy of the Good Ski Guide, having taken them to task for derogatory comments about elderly instructors, having recently had an excellent private lesson in Les Gets from an elderly-ish Scot.
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tangowaggon wrote:
There was an Iranian guy called Guily? teaching in Soldeu for many years, I think into his 80's, sadly, the last I heard, he had advanced Alzheimers.


Is he the guy who used to man the slalom course? The other instructors used to wax lyrical abut him and how good a skier he was for his age.
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@GeorgeVII, somewhere beyond 75 I think. And he still leaves me for dust!
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I think Ali Ross is around 78, last I knew still going strong. Steve Angus may well see him around EK from time to time.
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koru wrote:
Albert, incidentally, is a local who lives a bit further down the Otz valley. He farms his cows during summer and teaches skiing in winter. He is first on the lifts each morning, so he can get in an hour of skiing before starting his lessons.


Has he changed his name? Your description fits "Adolf" - we've both had lessons from him a few years back and Aidan spotted him in Jan 2017. Adolph was born in 1942 or 1943 (Aidan can't remember which) and his son is also a ski instructor.
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Scamper wrote:
koru wrote:
Albert, incidentally, is a local who lives a bit further down the Otz valley. He farms his cows during summer and teaches skiing in winter. He is first on the lifts each morning, so he can get in an hour of skiing before starting his lessons.


Has he changed his name? Your description fits "Adolf" - we've both had lessons from him a few years back and Aidan spotted him in Jan 2017. Adolph was born in 1942 or 1943 (Aidan can't remember which) and his son is also a ski instructor.
I've always known him as Albert, so probably not the same person. He often yodels all the way down the mountain!
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koru wrote:
Scamper wrote:
koru wrote:
Albert, incidentally, is a local who lives a bit further down the Otz valley. He farms his cows during summer and teaches skiing in winter. He is first on the lifts each morning, so he can get in an hour of skiing before starting his lessons.


Has he changed his name? Your description fits "Adolf" - we've both had lessons from him a few years back and Aidan spotted him in Jan 2017. Adolph was born in 1942 or 1943 (Aidan can't remember which) and his son is also a ski instructor.
I've always known him as Albert, so probably not the same person. He often yodels all the way down the mountain!


Good to hear - I would have been saddened to learn that he felt he needed to change his name.
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There was a really nice guy who used to teach in Hinterglemm called Andy.

He worked mending shock absorbers in the UK out of season and taught for the ski school in Hinterglemm in the winter.

Last saw him there about 5-6 years ago. He was in his mid-late 60's, Tataman probably knows/knew him.
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You know it makes sense.
About twenty years ago we were in Brandnertal, Austria and Reinhardt was teaching. He was my parents private instructor and in his eighties but so amazingly agile. Skiing really does keep you healthy. He walked them up the top of the mountain, did langlauf and tons of off piste. Sadly I doubt he's still in action.
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Handy Turnip wrote:
tangowaggon wrote:
There was an Iranian guy called Guily? teaching in Soldeu for many years, I think into his 80's, sadly, the last I heard, he had advanced Alzheimers.


Is he the guy who used to man the slalom course? The other instructors used to wax lyrical abut him and how good a skier he was for his age.

That was him!
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I remember Gilly in Soldeu in about 1984. He was quite old then. Yes he was Iranian and said in the summer he published books in London. Inspiring instructor - took the top few in each beginners group on an off piste trip on the last day which was brilliant. Loved the mountains.
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