Nick Maika to ski 85 days at Sun Peaks to celebrate 85th birthday

Nick Maika of Kamloops will hit the slopes at Sun Peaks on Friday for the 85th day in a row, to celebrate his 85th birthday.

Nick Maika is raising money for Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks through marathon ski challenge

Pat McKimmon, president of Adaptive Sports, and 85-year-old skier Nick Maika stand in front the double black diamond run that Nick skied yesterday, twice (Samantha Garvey/CBC)

Nick Maika of Kamloops, B.C., will hit the slopes at the Sun Peaks ski resort on Friday for the 85th day in a row, to celebrate his 85th birthday. 

"The good friends I have, sometimes they tell me that I'm a little bit crazy, that I'm suffering from a mental illness," Maika told Daybreak Kamloops' Samantha Garvey.

"I said, 'Well, look I'm not suffering one bit. I love what I'm doing.' The mental part of it - that's debatable, but I'm not suffering. I'm having fun."

This isn't the first time Maika has skied for days on end. He clocked 76 days in his 76th year and 80 days in his 80th.

Maika, who said he's in the best shape of his life, is raising money for Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks, a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities participate in snow sports.

"I made the right choice," he said

"What confirmed it for me was one day last December I was skiing down here and there was a guy on a sit ski with a young couple following him and boy, I had a hard time to catch up with him."

Maika said his secret to staying in shape is simple — keeping active and knowing when to unwind, the latter of which he does after skiing every day with a beer and a nap with his cat on the chesterfield.

To hear the full interview with Nick Maika, click the audio labelled: Skiing 85.

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