Keith Hayes: World Record Holder
Greatest Vertical Distance Snowboarded in 12 Hours
On 12 March 2017, a team of 10 from Winter Sports Company supported Keith Hayes as he attempted a world record, to ride the greatest vertical distance snowboarded in a 12 hour period. It was an early start, and the chairlift started turning at 8am sharp – but conditions were perfect.
After a week of heavy snowfall and powder days, the 12 March was the one day of the year we weren’t hoping for knee deep powder. Perfect conditions for this event would be fresh snow, followed by a clear evening for a pristine groomed run on the Sunday morning.
The snow Gods listened and Keith started his day on the most perfect groomer we’ve ever seen!
As the day progressed, the weather brightened and by 2.30pm Keith had completed the benchmark distance of 12500 metres – an official world record holder.
At the 8 hour mark is was a case of mind over matter, as the lift shut to the general public and the weather closed in. With over 30 runs under his belt, and the benchmark a distant memory – it looked as though Keith was ready to finish, but with the support of volunteers he kept on going until 6pm, completing 40 runs – a whopping 19,000 vertical metres.
We want to wish Keith a HUGE congratulations, it was incredible to see him complete his ambition and become a world record holder. When chatting about his next plan, he told us ‘on to the next challenge, I suppose.‘ – well best of luck, and Winter Sports will always be available to support the effort!
Keith rode the Sundance Chairlift at Sun Peaks and descended the Sundance run 40 times on 12 March 2017. He snowboarded for a total of 10 hours and racked up 19,000 metres of vertical distance, smashing the 12500m benchmark set buy Guinness!