U.S. Organizers of the World's Largest Ski & Snowboard Lesson Attempt Say They Have the Numbers But Will Guinness Accept the Documentation?
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January 2017 - Organizers of the World’s Largest (Ski and Snowboard) Lesson attempt in the U.S. on January 6, 2017 feel that they have enough participation in both ski and snowboard to qualify for the record. With 36 out of 81 participating resorts reporting, the total stands at 940 “qualifying” participants for the ski record, considerably more than the 594 needed to beat the current record for a multi-venue event.
“We may have the numbers but the final determination rests with Guinness,” said Hugh Reynolds of SNOW Operating and the mastermind behind the event. “ Guinness has to approve all of our documentation, which is extensive, and we won’t know the final decision for several weeks.”
The snowboard “qualifying” total was 529, slightly more than the 500 required to top the current record. Many more participated in lessons on Friday, January 6 but not all resorts had the minimum number required – 25 per discipline - to qualify for the official record. Based on reported numbers so far, organizers feel that this year’s overall event – qualifying and non qualifying resorts - attracted about the same number of participants as last year (about 6,000) despite the fact that there were about half the number of host sites.
Three host sites in the East placed one, two and three for the most participants. Wachusett (MA), the 2016 National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Conversion Cup champ, was first with 168 participants in their WLL event.
Last year’s winner, Mountain Creek (NJ), was a close second with 165 participants and Ski Butternut (MA) was third with 130 participants. Other sites also had strong numbers included Massachusetts’ Ski Bradford (100), New Yorks’ Holiday Valley (102) Colorado’s Vail (98), Oregon’s Mt Hood Meadows (97), Alaska’s Eaglecrest (79), PA’s Shawnee (89) and Blue Mountain Resort (67). Perhaps one of the most enlightening reports came from Rhode Island’s Yawgoo Valley. The venue attracted 71 newcomers to its WLL event.
Resorts in Canada also participated but results are still being tallied.
U.S. organizers hope to announce success at the Annual NSAA National Conference in Scottsdale, AZ May 5 – 8, 2017.