Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area to Attempt Learn to Ski and Snowboard Guinness World Record

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Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area to Attempt Learn to Ski and Snowboard Guinness World Record


Truckee, Calif. (Dec. 14, 2015) – The team at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area aims to help set a Guinness Book of World Record on Jan. 8, 2016. As part of the National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM) initiative to gain new lifetime skiers and snowboarders, 160 resorts across the country, including Tahoe Donner, have teamed up in hopes of breaking a record for the largest, one-time ski and snowboard group lesson in the world.

“We want to do something dramatic to generate publicity for learning how to ski or snowboard and motivate newcomers to take a beginner ski or snowboard lesson,” explained Mary Jo Tarallo, executive director of LSSM. “This new, unique and highly visible approach will kick off Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and augment Bring a Friend promotion.”

Headed by LLSM, Snow Operating and SnoCountry.com, at 10 a.m., 50 beginner skiers and 50 beginner snowboarders will have the chance to participate in this learn to ski and snowboard lesson at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. The current world’s largest ski lesson (multiple venue) world record is 594 participants. Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area will have a max of 100 ski and snowboard participants and a minimum of 25 represented in this challenge, along with two independent witnesses and two stewards. Participants in the world record challenge are exclusively for beginner students, new to the sport.


“We’re happy to be part of this challenge,” said Robert McClendon, Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area manager. “People of all ages who have never skied or snowboarded before will have a chance to learn with us—and in learning with us, we could go down in history. It will be a day we will always remember and we encourage the community to come out and cheer us on.”




Registration is $10 per person, available on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to sellout. Only the first 50 skiers and first 50 snowboarders to sign up online may participate. To be counted toward the Guinness World Record, participants and instructors must complete the one hour, 30 minute lesson. If a student or instructor drops out of the lesson prior to completion of the lesson, their participation will not be counted toward the record attempt. Photographers and videographers will be present at all times during the lesson, as required by Guinness. All media is invited to record and witness the record attempt.



About Tahoe Donner

Tahoe Donner is one of America’s largest homeowner’s associations, with nearly 6,500 properties and 25,000 members enjoying over 7,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada. Tahoe Donner is an eclectic community with a passion for outdoor recreation and a celebration of the Tahoe lifestyle.


Tahoe Donner offers three venues to explore each winter. At Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area, skiers and snowshoers may explore over 100 kilometers of groomed terrain and five huts throughout the expansive trail system. This year, a brand new state-of-the-art facility (Alder Creek Adventure Center) with expanded services will open, and many events will take place throughout the season, such as the new Winter Festival and Taste of Truckee gourmet tour. At Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, skiers will reap the benefits of snowmaking, new this year, while taking advantage of a variety of learn-to-ski programs and family events. Highlights include the Annual Torchlight Parade and the 200-Foot Banana Split Extravaganza. Tahoe Donner Snowplay is the perfect venue for families with children as well as the young at heart, offering the most affordable sledding and tubing options in the area, plus snowball launching contests and more wacky events throughout the season. New to Snowplay this year is a food truck serving up delicious and affordable cuisine options.


Located 15 minutes from Lake Tahoe in Truckee, California, Tahoe Donner operates a wide variety of recreational facilities – some which are for members only and others which are also open to the general public. These amenities can be explored in detail at Tahoedonner.com.


For more information on Tahoe Donner, as well as its recreational facilities and events, please visit tahoedonner.com or call 530-587-9400. ‘Like’ Tahoe Donner on Facebook at facebook.com/tahoedonner and follow Tahoe Donner on Twitter @tahoedonner and Instagram @TahoeDonnerAssociation.

Come see what’s new at Tahoe Donner this winter! Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area is now open for the winter season with a brand new snowmaking system! Stop by Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area and check out the spectacular Alder Creek Adventure Center while enjoying our vast trail system. After a day of sledding at Snowplay, try hot grilled items from the new Snowplay Café, guaranteed to warm you up! Golf enthusists will also enjoy the new Winter Golf Academy, offering an indoor, high-tech virtual golf experience so you can work on your golf game all winter long.



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