24 Hours of Vertical Skiing — How Much can You Climb in a Day?

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | March 18, 2019      

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Sean Van Horn during his attempt at the human powered skiing record.

Sean Van Horn during his Colorado attempt at the human powered skiing record.

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.

Go Sean!

Go Sean!

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8 Responses to “24 Hours of Vertical Skiing — How Much can You Climb in a Day?”

  1. Sev March 18th, 2019 2:00 pm

    Kilian Jornet just did 23’400m in 24 hours, that’s more than 77’000ft -> https://kilianjornet.cat/en/blog/how-many-meters-of-elevation-gain-can-i-do-in-24-hours

  2. Lou Dawson 2 March 18th, 2019 2:03 pm

    Thanks Sev, I’m trying to get clear on which number Sean was trying to best, but it’s sure a personal best!

  3. Greg March 18th, 2019 2:28 pm

    I bet Kilian didn’t do it while wearing a plaid shirt and blue jean print tights. Clothing choice may not be important in Euro land, but in Aspen I am told that style matters.

    (Impressive feats, both. About one tenth of that is a huge day for me.)

  4. buck March 18th, 2019 5:29 pm

    nice job! It must be awesome to be able to go after a record like this in a state where cannabis is legal.

  5. Wookie1974 March 19th, 2019 7:27 am

    1) What gear was he on?
    2) Do his bindings go all the way up to 16?
    3) Where does he stand on the adjustable-pole issue?

    These are the things your readership wants to know.


  6. Lou Dawson 2 March 19th, 2019 12:12 pm

    What’s with you guys, no comments about drilling holes in a thousand dollar backpack? I’ve been covering the wrong stuff, apparently. Lou

  7. Other Aaron March 19th, 2019 1:44 pm

    Wrong Article Lou

  8. Lou Dawson 2 March 20th, 2019 8:59 am


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