Ski areas across the nation will attempt to set world record

If you feel like you learn better in a large group, Friday is your day to hit the slopes. Ski areas crystalmountainacross the nation will attempt to set a world record in ski lessons.

More than 100 ski areas nationwide will attempt to set the record for “the world’s largest multi-venue ski and snowboard lessons” for the Guinness Book of World Records.

Mickey MacWilliams is the Executive Director for the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA.) She says MSIA is very excited about this event.

“This is something that is a brand new initiative across the country. There are about 160 participating ski areas now all over the United States that are going to vie for the world record of ski and snowboard lessons all at one time” says MacWilliams.

One of the fourteen Michigan ski areas participating is Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville.

Brian Lawson is the Director for Public Relations at Crystal Mountain.

“Hundreds of people come through our lessons every week, and thousands come through over the course of every winter. You know just the opportunity to get a new person out on the slopes. It brings a little bit more attention to the sport, it provides an inexpensive opportunity for people to get started, and that’s one of our key goals as an industry, is to get more people involved” says Lawson.

Other Michigan ski areas participating include: Apple Mountain in Freeland, Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls, Cannonsburg Ski Area in Cannonsburg, Marquette Mountain in Marquette, Mt. Brighton in Brighton, Norway Mountain in Norway, Nub’s Nob in Harbor Springs, Pine Mountain in Iron Mountain, Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire, Snow Snake Ski & Golf in Harrison, The Homestead in Glen Arbor and Treetops Resort in Gaylord.

The event begins Friday January 8th, at 10:00 am.

For more information about what is going on in Michigan, visit the MSIA website here.