Sunlight joins world-record-breaking mass ski lesson
Glenwood Springs third-graders Friday strapped on skis and hit Sunlight Mountain’s slopes to attempt to be part of a world record.
The ski lesson was held in conjunction with 160 other ski resorts across North America in an attempt to create a Guinness World Record for largest ski lesson across multiple resorts.
Other resorts also banded together to set a record for the largest snowboarding lesson, and individual ski resorts were trying to beat the record for largest ski and snowboarding lessons at a single resort.
Both of the single-resort records were right around 500 people, said Troy Hawks, communications coordinator at Sunlight.
From Glenwood Springs Elementary School, 28 third-graders participated in the Sunlight lesson, learning how to put on their skis, sidestep up slopes and control their speed. Another 72 came along to go snowshoeing in the area and get a history lesson about the mountain, said Hawks.
Personnel from the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District joined in as impartial witnesses to confirm the ski lesson’s numbers.
The world record attempt also coincided with Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, which the ski industry established eight years ago, said Hawks.
For Sunlight’s Skier Appreciation Day, the mountain also broke a record by raising nearly $17,000 from $20 lift ticket sales, he said. That money goes toward dozens of local nonprofits through the local United Way, supporting things like after-school programs, child advocacy groups, early childhood education programs and developmental programs.
Eight skiing Elvis impersonators dressed up for a competition on the mountain. Hawks said the winner was from Gypsum. But when asked who he was, he only replied, “Elvis.”
Results from the world record attempt are expected in about three weeks.
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