Michigan Duo Sets World Record Visiting Most Ski Areas In 24 Hours
Michigan skier Kyle Kelly and snowboarding friend Brad Dykstra set a new world record for visiting the most ski areas in a 24-hour period this past weekend.
The record was set in Michigan's Lower Peninsula this past weekend starting in the northern part of Lower Michigan on Saturday, February 26, noon at Nubs Nob and finishing in the southern part before noon on February 27 at Cannonsburg Ski Area. They visited 22 ski areas over the time period. The old world record was 17 ski areas in 24 hours set in Japan in by a Canadian and Australian in 2017. They are now in the process of sending in the documentation required by Guinness to declare the feat a World Record, which they anticipate will take around six weeks. They began the process months ago, according to the pair, and now submit tags, video and witness testimony. The duo drove 763 miles to set the record.
“Michigan was the perfect place to go for the record,” enthused Kelly. “According to the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) no matter where you are in the Wolverine State you are within a two-hour drive of a ski area. It's tied with New York for the most ski areas of any state.”
They had a lot of help from the ski areas that provided tickets to the pair, which documented that they were there. They arrived at some of the ski areas early and late when some were not open, but made sure lifts and tickets were available. Some stops were only 10 minutes.
“It was crazy, but fun,” Kelly elaborated. “This friendship between Brad and myself worked great to accomplish this feat. And, thank you to all the friends and people that came out to support us along the way. It was great.”
Michigan snowboarders David Zemens and friend Sabato Caputo set a North American record for snowboarding the most ski areas in a 24-hour period when they visited 16 ski areas January 11-12, 2019, in the Lower Peninsula. They, however, never got the record certified by Guinness.