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Hitting 98 is snow reason to hang up skis for good

Unparalleled: Britain’s oldest skier George Stewart PICTURES: SWNS

BRITAIN’S oldest skier has vowed to hit the slopes again — at the age of 98.

George Stewart first picked up a pair of skis while serving as a captain in the Royal Artillery in Italy during World War II.

More than 70 years later, he is planning an Alpine ski trip with his son Alan, whom he introduced to the sport.

Keen: On the slopes at the age of 32

Alan represented Britain in the 1976 and 1980 Olympics. He came 30th and 33rd in the men’s downhill.

Now Mr Stewart from Scone, Perthshire, is rooting for the British ski team in South Korea. He said: ‘One of the competitors for the UK, Charlie Guest, lives not too far away and I’ve met her on the slopes. She’s a great girl and has done very well to get there.’

He went on: ‘My son competed at Innsbruck in 1976 and Lake Placid in 1980 which was a wonderful experience for him.’

Pole position: George in Zermatt, Switzerland in 1953

He said he is hoping they will hit the slopes together in France later this year. ‘I can’t race him at all but he does still take me out to ski. If I can ski comfortably down the hills then I’m pleased,’ he said.

‘I’ve had a lifetime of extraordinary pleasure out of it.’