The “Cal Ripken of Skiing”, Paul Schipper Exits to Ski Heaven at 85

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on February 17, 2009 10:29 am

Records are made to be broken, or so the cliché goes.  If so, Paul Schipper has set the bar impossibly high.  The man who skied every day of every season at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine from 1981 to 2005, for a total of 3,903 days, died Monday at the age of 85.  Schipper skied through foul weather, serious illness, and scheduling conflicts.  He once arranged a post-midnight run on the mountain so he could make the drive to his son’s graduation ceremony in Poughkeepsie, NY.  Another time, surgery to remove a cancerous kidney was delayed in deference to the streak. 

An interview with the Nature Conservancy with Paul can be heard here.  Paul Schipper, a special character of the ski family has passed along, exiting the big chairlift in the sky to Ski Heaven.  Tips up, poles in one hand, Paul.

photo: Katherine Gnecco, Salt Archives

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