George Raham calls it his ski cellar. A room under his home in which he keeps dozens, perhaps hundreds of skis, every pair the longtime ski racer has ever owned in fact, over his 82 years of skiing. Some even date back to the early 1900s. To watch him run his hands over each pair, it’s easy to see why. Each ski seems to contain the memory of a trip past, a physical reminder of good times in beautiful places. Something a photo can’t quite touch. For a time, I kept every surfboard I ever owned, but once that blew past 20, and the threat of storage rental loomed, those memories were confined the hard drive of the mind. Raham, at 87 years old, still gets in up to 50 ski days per year he says. The fountain of youth may be in Raham’s cellar.

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