Centenarian celebrates birthday by skiing

May 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM

DENVER, May 12 (UPI) -- A woman from Colorado celebrated her 101st birthday by skiing with friends and family at the Arapahoe Basin ski area in the Rocky Mountains.

Elsa Bailey, who has been skiing for 75 years, rang in her birthday Saturday by hitting the slopes with dozens of family members and friends, The Denver Post reported.

"I made it. I feel good," she said before a crowded lift line broke into an impromptu "Happy Birthday" chorus.

Bailey said she is retiring from skiing after Saturday, although she is not done with adventure; she said she plans to tour the Norwegian fjords, see polar bears in the Arctic and visit Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park while she is still alive.

"I'm not going to go to bed and lie down and die, that's for sure," Bailey said. "I may be weird, but I'm me. I do things my way."

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