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On Sunday, April 7, three generations of skiers in the same family celebrated skiing over 100 days this season on Baldy. “What all three have in common is the pure passion and love of the sport,” said Maria Dudunakis. Pictured from left are Sun Valley ski instructor and life coach Colette Evans, retired school teacher Maria Dudunakis and recent college graduate Tobias Verheijen. Evans’ uncle, Glenn Evans, ran the ski school at Skyline, now Pebble Creek, ski area near Pocatello, for many years. He introduced the family to the sport of skiing. Maria’s brother, Deno Dudunake won the World Mogul Championship in 1977. (Dudunakis said she changed her name from Dudunake after traveling to her grandfather’s village on Crete, where she learned the original family name was spelled “Dudunakis.”) She said that although Tobias and Colette also competed in the past, in both alpine racing and freestyle, the passion really resides in the sheer joy of the sport. “Either together or separate, they most likely have the biggest smiles on the mountain,” she said.

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