Skier flips into the record books |

Skier flips into the record books

Aspen Times Staff Report

Tommy Waltner is headed for the record books.

Last Tuesday, the veteran Aspen Mountain ski instructor successfully completed 23 front-flips on Aspen Mountain. Waltner, 50, did all 23 flips on skis in a 10-minute window in his bid to be recognized in “The Guinness Book of World Records” as the oldest skier to perform such a feat.

“It was wild,” Waltner said. “The snowmobile just kept pulling me up to the top of the jump, and I just kept going. The crowd really motivated me.

“I fell trying to land the sixth one, but after that, I did 17 more and stuck everyone of them,” he said.

The action was all part of Waltner’s Loops for Lupus campaign, which he kicked off at the start of the ski season in hopes of raising funds and awareness for the debilitating auto-immune disease.

He performed flips, or loops, all season long on Aspen Mountain.

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