Tahoe ski areas joining 150 others in Guinness World Record attempt
January 6, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Eight Tahoe-Truckee ski resorts will join more than 150 others across the United States in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record this weekend for both the largest multi-venue ski and largest multi-venue snowboard lessons ever taught in one day.
On Friday, Jan. 8, resorts will begin ski and snowboard lessons at 10 a.m. to kick off the record-setting effort, which is organized by the Learn to Ski and Snowboard initiative and Boulder, Colo.-based company SNOW Operating.
Local resorts joining the Guinness attempt are: Diamond Peak, Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, Boreal, Homewood, Kirkwood, Heavenly, Northstar and Tahoe Donner.
"We're happy to be part of this challenge," said Robert McClendon, manager of Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, which has 100 spots available (50 skiers, 50 riders) for the world record attempt. "People of all ages who have never skied or snowboarded before will have a chance to learn with us — and in learning with us, we could go down in history. It will be a day we always remember and we encourage the community to come out and cheer us on."
The ski and snowboard lessons, which will be an average of two hours, will not be taught all at once.
"We are not talking about giant lessons at each venue," said Mary Jo Tarallo, executive director of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. "If a venue has 100 people, that may mean 10 lessons with 10 people. It depends on the venue."
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The current world record for the largest multi-venue ski lesson is 594 participants. Based on the outcome at each venue on Jan. 8, the ski and snowboard lesson records for a single venue will be determined — the standing record for both disciplines is roughly 500.
"We're so pumped to be involved," said Dee Byrne, director of Snowsports at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, which is offering a free ski and ride package to the first 50 beginners who sign up. "We have the appropriate number of instructors, so it's a quality lesson. We're just stoked to be a part of this record-setting in the United States, and our guests being able to brag that they were part of the record-breaking experience."
If a Guinness record is set, each participant will receive an official Guinness Book of World Records certificate.