Rippin skier is all about the numbers. Okay, not so much math and arithmetic, but the measuring, tracking, and resetting of goals and feats. Both are own and, you know, the people who really know what they’re doing. We have a ski app that tracks stats from our day, trip, and lifetime. I’m not saying it’s the best thing about skiing. I mean, a big part of what makes skiing so great is being in the moment. It’s like the Zen of the motorcycle, maintenance and otherwise. Right down to the intense love of and connection with one’s equipment. It’s a beautiful sport that carries with it its own justification, a winter activity unlike any other. But here, it’s all about the bragging and extreme feats of skiers and the like.
- The fastest recorded speed for skiing is 158mph.
- The highest air for a quarterpipe jump is 9.8 meters.
- The longest jump for a ski jump is 833 ft.
- The fastest recorded speed on a snowboard is 126 mph.
- The biggest vertical descent is 5620 ft at Revelstoke in British Columbia. In the U.S., there are three big resorts that each boast 4000+ vertical drops: Jackson Hole, Snowmass, and Moonlight Basin.
- The largest ski resort in North America is Whistler Blackcomb. The largest ski resort in the U.S. is Park City Mountain Resort, though this only became true after it merged with Canyons. Big Sky is likewise connected to a sister resort. Together, these mega-resorts each have about 8,000 skiable acres.