According to a press released posted at SkiandSnowboardMonth.org, More than 150 North American Ski/Snowboard resorts taught beginner lessons simultaneously on Friday, January 6, 2017 in an attempt to set a Guinness Record.
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More than 80 U.S. resorts and more than 70 in Canada participated in the effort. It was the first time the two countries teamed up to form a “North American Alliance” in the quest for a place in the Guinness record book. Guinness requires that all activities take place at the same time so lesson programs had to be coordinated in seven different time zones—five in the U.S. and two additional time zones in Canada—in order to qualify.
Officials in the U.S. and Canada are collecting documentation and will not have an official conclusion for several weeks. However, a number of U.S. resorts already have reported healthy turnouts.
So far, Mountain Creek (NJ) appears to have the largest turnout with 160 participants. Wachusett (MA) had 136 participants and Ski Butternut (MA) also broke 100.
In Pennsylvania, Ski Shawnee had almost 90 participants and Blue Mountain Resort had nearly 50. Further north, In New York, Holiday Valley reported that 85 students participated. Bristol Mountain (NY) had more than 40. Rhode Island’s Yawgoo Valley had 54 participants and Smuggler’s Notch (VT) had 53. Moving west, Alaska’s Eaglecrest attracted nearly 60 people and California’s Alpine Meadows tallied 43.
WLL organizers will differentiate participation numbers between skiers and snowboarders as required by Guinness. A 30-minute video and a group photo must accompany certified documentation from each qualifying resort. Snow Operating’s Hugh Reynolds will package results from the U.S. and the Canadian Ski Council’s Michael Fulton will coordinate Canada’s data.
“It’s not easy to set a Guinness record because there are a lot of requirements involved,” said Reynolds, who initially suggested going for the record. Currently, the multiple venue snowboard record is 500 and the multiple venue ski record is 594.
Organizers expect to have all documentation collected within two weeks and will submit all documentation to Guinness when the process is completed.
- Peter Kray