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 to ride the greatest vertical distance on a snowboard in 12 hours. It was an early start, and the chairlift started turning at 8am sharp – but conditions were perfect.

The day of the World Record

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. Instead, 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. By 2.30pm, Keith had completed the benchmark distance of 12500 metres – an official world record holder.

At the 8 hour mark, it 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 – Keith looked ready to finish. However, with the support of volunteers, he kept on going until 6pm, completing 40 runs – a whopping 19,000 vertical metres.


Congratulations from The Winter Sports Company!

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!


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