Manus, a 79-year-old extreme sports enthusiast, is featured on a Blue Cross and Blue Shield advertisement.

Manus lives to the extreme

Manus keeps busy in the winter as a snowboard instructor on Bald Mountain in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Shantelle Prater
Staff Writer

Living life to the extreme is an understatement for Carl Manus of Sun Valley, Idaho. At the age of 79, Manus can be found snowboarding down Bald Mountain's long, narrow, rigid slopes at speeds topping 40 mph.

A former Lawrence County resident, Manus was born and raised in Walnut Ridge. After graduating from Walnut Ridge High School in 1948, he joined the Navy as an aviation electronics technician in hopes of seeing the world.

Following the Korean War and a four-year tour of duty, Manus attended college in southern California. While residing in the Golden State, he began working in the motorhome manufacturing business where he spent his free time surfing and skiing.

After spending several years in the manufacturing business, the 1973 oil crisis hit the United States and caused Manus to accept a job at Scott USA in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Manus worked for Scott USA, a technical product leader in the skiing market, in the engineering department making ski goggles and other ski products.

He worked for the company for 20 years before retiring in 1995.

Today, Manus is a snowboard instructor in the winter and works at the Sun Valley golf course during the summer. "I'm the type of person that has to be busy," Manus said.

According to the Sun Valley Magazine, the 79-year-old "plays golf every morning, then goes fly fishing or mountain biking, or both, in the afternoon. In winter, the snowboarding junkie rarely misses a day on Baldy."

"Even after the lifts have closed, Manus has been known to hike up the mountain to get in one last run," said Sun Valley Magazine writer Stacy Whitman.

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