Never-ending ski season continues for Hertrich |

Never-ending ski season continues for Hertrich

Devon O'Neil

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. – Rainer Hertrich, a 44-year-old snowmaker and groomer at Copper Mountain, just won’t let this year’s ski season end. After hitting the local slopes every day over the winter, he is now skiing and camping in Oregon near Timberline Ski Area, on Mount Hood’s south side. He’s skied almost 300 consecutive days, and recently surpassed 10 million vertical feet over those days. On Tuesday he skied 59,345 vertical feet, lapping the 1,526-foot Poma lift at Timberline more than 40 times. The best part? He’s done it all on telemark skis. “I assault it all day long from open to close,” he said. “I ski everything from solid ice to corn to slush – and actually, the rain sometimes makes it better, if you can believe that.” Hertrich said he’s told the Guinness Book of World Records about his exploits, and said he’ll head to Chile on Sept. 8 to ski some Southern Hemisphere snow before returning to Summit for the opening of Colorado’s ski season. He’s still not sponsored, but he isn’t letting that deter him. “I might as well keep going until I get hurt,” he said.

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