Several U.S. Ski/Snowboard Resorts Break 100 Participants in North America's World's Largest Lesson Attempt; Results Being Tallied by U.S. and Canadian Officials
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January 2017 - More than 150 North American Ski/Snowboard resorts taught beginner lessons simultaneous on Friday, January 6, 2017 in an attempt to set a Guinness Record
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 tine 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 "unofficial" turnout with 160 reported participants. Wachusett (MA) had 136 "unofficial" participants and Ski Butternut (MA) appears to have broken 100. These and all estimates cited here are subject to change after documents are vetted. so all estimates are considered "unofficial."
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 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 snowboards 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.