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NEWS FLASH: From midday yesterday to this morning, skimo racer Sean Van Horn (age 32) made an exciting stab at his mark in the record books. At Buttermilk resort near Aspen, he skied up and down the Tiehack ski slopes for a total 60,000 vertical feet, just short of the mark he was aiming for (Mike Foote’s 62,000 vertical foot day in 2018). Sean skied at an oxygen deprived starting altitude of 8,037 feet, which as far as I know is significantly higher than other record attempts, meaning Sean might be the toughest of them all. We’ll update this with more info as it comes in. Meanwhile, congratulations Sean on a bold attempt!
Note: as far as we know, the biggest verts skied in a day have been done by Skjevheim in 2018, 20,939 vertical meters, and Killian Jornet’s 23’400 vertical meters. Killian’s is said to be the record.
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