Truckee resident still skiing at 90 years young |

Truckee resident still skiing at 90 years young

Harry skiing at Mammoth Mountain with son, Eric, and daughter, Mollie, in February 2010.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The 1960 Olympic Winter Games hosted at Squaw Valley instantly ignited Harry Maykranz’s lifelong passion for skiing, and a long life of skiing it is: Harry turns 90 on Christmas day, 2013.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., Harry learned to ski on the East Coast. Eager to tackle the Rockies, Harry first drove out west (with Jacque, his sister-in-law, and his two oldest sons, Tim, age 6 and Mark, 5) in 1962. Departing Pittsburgh on a Friday night, Harry would drive cross-country, arriving in Aspen on Sunday evening.

After skiing five full days, Monday through Friday, they piled into the station wagon and spent the weekend driving back to Pittsburgh. About five such driving sojourns were made.

The Aspen ski trips made quite an impression: Three children — Tim, Mark and Laurie — attended college in Colorado (one resided in Colorado for 30 years) and three other children — Eric, Amy, and Todd — also lived in Colorado at different points in time.

Harry, himself, lived in Colorado for almost 30 years and had years of pleasure skiing with three of his granddaughters, who all began skiing as toddlers.

Maykranz’s children would soon return the ski adventure favor.

Harry’s first introduction to Northern California skiing began when his eldest son, Tim, living in San Francisco, hosted several siblings, Jacque (who had made that first trip to Aspen), and Harry out to ski North Lake Tahoe.

That quickly became a yearly tradition. For Harry’s 75th, his children surprised him with an all-expense paid ski trip to St. Anton, Austria, accompanied by his son Tim.

While in St. Anton, they visited a local ski museum, and like a museum docent, Harry would view a photograph and proceed to rattle off the skier’s name, country of origin, overall accomplishments, and if still alive, the skier’s current country or state of residence, and most recent occupation or accomplishment. Two years ago, his sons Eric and Tim and daughter Mollie took Harry to Mammoth Mountain for a week.

Maykranz loved it, skied better than ever, and eagerly awaits a return to Mammoth.

About five years ago, when his second-oldest son Mark and family relocated to Jackson, Wyo. from Colorado, the eldest son Tim moved Harry to Truckee.

The past five years have provided a choice of spending his Christmas birthday in San Francisco or in Lake Tahoe, Harry invariably and quickly responds: “Ski on my birthday.”

Harry is 90 years young and still skiing.

Happy Birthday Harry!

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