Breckenridge locals to attempt to break shot-ski record
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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Kevin Litch Polich’s name.
Breckenridge locals Kevin Litch Polich and Kristian Slaugh didn’t necessarily know how to build a 252-foot plank mounted with shot glasses. They also didn’t know how to go about bringing together 153 people to take a shot at the same time.
What they did know was if there was going to be a world record for the world’s longest shot-ski, it certainly wasn’t going to go to Arizona.
“We found out that the world record was 167 feet by a fraternity in Arizona,” Polich, who goes by Litch, said. “We were like, Arizona can’t have it. It’s got to be a ski town. And what better than Breck?”
So this afternoon at 3:30 Litch and Slaugh will set up the 50-ski shot-ski they built themselves on Main Street in Breckenridge, sign up a 150 or so of-age volunteers and let local personality Jeffrey Bergeron give the word to shatter the record.
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If it works, they will have crushed the Arizona record by 85 feet. Representatives from Guinness World Records will be on hand to make the final determination.
“We’ve never tested it, so it’s not tried and true,” Litch said. “If we don’t make it this year, we’ll do it again next year and it will be even longer.”
Litch and Slaugh decided to do 50 skis in honor of the 50th anniversary of Ullr Fest, a wacky week-long tribute to the Norse god of snow and a beloved tradition in Breckenridge. It is expected to extend from Modis all the way down to Bubba Gumps.
Shot-ski volunteers will toast the snow god just before the annual parade in his honor.
The volunteers will be drinking peppermint schnapps specially crafted by the Breckenridge Distillery for Ullr’s 50th. Spots on the shot-ski will be dished out on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone interested in participating should head to Main Street at 3:30 p.m. with an ID to get signed up.
“It’s cool how everybody came together,” Litch said. “We’ve got people calling us from Utah, saying can you save us a spot in line.”
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