Colorado once again breaks the record for the largest shot-ski attempt

The legend and lore of shot-skis in Colorado go deep. They’re a common find at ski town bars and restaurants, not to mention DIY nights at your local watering hole. In fact, although shot-skis — which are a series of shot glasses glued to a ski — weren’t invented in Colorado, they are as synonymous with Colorado apres-ski culture as sun-drenched patios and tall tales.

So, it’s no surprise then that Coloradans would want to set the record for the world’s longest shot-ski, a distinction that has been traded back and forth recently between Breckenridge Distillery, a distillery in Park City, Utah, as well as a bar in Eagle River, Wisconsin.

Breckenridge Distillery broke the record for world's longest shot ski with a 1,997-foot ski shot including 1,234 people on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Park City has since broken that record in October, and the distillery is now seeking donations of old skis in effort to reclaim the record next month.
Louie Traub, courtesy Breckenridge Tourism Office

Breckenridge previously broke the record several times, including this with a 1,997-foot ski shot including this 2017 effort, which involved 1,234 people. (Louie Traub, courtesy Breckenridge Tourism Office)

On Dec. 8, Breckenridge said it was able to reclaim the title, which had been lost just two months earlier to High West Distillery in Park City, which had lined up 1,333 people and 433 skis, who simultaneously downed 1,333 shots. Breckenridge’s new record is 1,350 people and 468 skis — something it accomplished during the town’s 59th annual Ullr Fest.

The record-setting shot-ski, which is unofficial (and not tracked by the Guinness Book of World Records), was 2,401 feet in length and was accomplished with 1,350 shots of Breckenridge Broncos bourbon, according to the distillery. Ullr Fest pays homage to Ullr, the Norse god of snow.

The shot-ski event raised over $20,000 for the Breckenridge Rotary Club, which supports many nonprofits in the town, according to organizers.

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