MOUNT HOOD, Ore. – He’s traveled around the world, had several near-death experiences, appeared in some famous ski movies and wears a button that says “I’ve survived darned near everything.”
Now, one of Mount Hood Meadows’ most famous skiers isn’t giving up his passion for the slopes, despite being slowed down by ALS.
Fred Noble, 74, can no longer use his legs, but he’s out to prove he can survive another adventure. Noble’s diagnosis was just another mogul on the ski slope of life.
“You know the first thing when somebody tells you it’s terminal is depression,” said Noble. “Then anger, then denial, then acceptance. I went straight to acceptance.”
Now Noble is getting fitted for a sit-ski to help him navigate the slopes in a seated position.
“This is kind of a better way to go,” said Noble. “Because I thought I’d die a violent death, and that would have made a lot of people sad. This way I get to say goodbye to everybody and I get to come out here and keep on trying, you know.”
Mount Hood Meadows gave Noble a lifetime pass to the slopes for his dedication to skiing and his perseverance.
“Never give up,” said Noble. “There’s always a little bit of life left, no matter what.”