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100-year-old skis Arapahoe Basin on her birthday

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ARAPAHOE BASIN - Just making the trip from Colorado Springs to Arapahoe Basin can be tough for some.

But, when it comes to ski areas and the great outdoors Elsa Bailey has a leg up on most.

"I'm not like most people. I may be weird. But, I'm me," Bailey said.

After all she's been skiing since she was 25, and that was some 75 years ago. She's still at it today - heading to the Basin for her 100th birthday.

Surrounded by the slopes and good friends, this is the outdoor lifestyle Bailey has always loved from her first days on skies when a lift ticket was only $1 and her $7 skis where made of wood.

And while ski areas back then had tow-ropes, Bailey preferred to walk.

"I had so much energy in those days. I walked up the hills and skied," Bailey said.

So it should be no surprise that some of that energy still remains - and that while her party and the attention is fun - Bailey wants to do a little more at the ski area.

"Take a few turns down the hill and hang up my skis," Bailey said.

So she's stepping into ski boots and just as she did at 25 - the 100-year-old is hitting the hill for one run.

It's an amazing sight to friends and family who are watching, along with 7-year-old Selena Kaempfen, who thinks she may have just seen a world record in the making when she saw Bailey ski right past her.

"I looked at all the world records in my library and I only saw a world record of a 95-year-old who can ski. So I think Bailey broke a world record," Kaempfen said.

Either way, it's still impressive and Bailey says her secret is easy.

"I do things my way," Bailey said. It's a mix she says of goal- setting and positive thinking that's kept this skier making turns into her 100's.

"If you want to be happy all you have to do is turn on the happy machine and everything is fine," Bailey said.

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