Strapped in a straighjacket, Summit man wants to set speed-skiing world record at A-Basin |

Strapped in a straighjacket, Summit man wants to set speed-skiing world record at A-Basin

Jay DeBaggis makes turns through Imperial Bowl at Breckenridge in a custom-made straightjacket. Since 2014, the longtime Summit County local has raised money for Mountain Mentors by skiing in a straightjacket once per year. This year, he's going for a speed-skiing world record attempt at Arapahoe Basin on April 3.
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Straightjacket speed skiing

What: Summit local Jay DeBaggis tries to set the world record for speed skiing in a straight jacket at Arapahoe Basin, a fundraiser for Mountain Mentors of Summit County.

When: Monday, April 3, at 8 a.m.

Where: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Cost: Free

The event is free and open to spectators. DeBaggis tries for the world record around 8:20 a.m. (before lifts open), followed by a post-attempt party at The Beach from 9 a.m. to noon. The party is a joint bash for DeBaggis’ beagle, Mabel, and includes bagels and beer. For more information on the attempt, or to donate to Mountain Mentors, see and click on the “donate” tab in the left column.


Support the cause

Can’t make it to the Basin on April 3 for Jay DeBaggis’ world record attempt? No problem, you can still donate to his cause, Mountain Mentors, online or through the mail.

Mountain Mentors pairs adults with local students to inspire, encourage and educate throughout the year. Mentors spend a minimum of eight hours per month with their mentees, ages 8-18, and each student is awarded a $200 scholarship for tutoring, music lessons, art workshops or any other service they can’t afford.

All funds raised by the straightjacket speed record go directly to the Mountain Mentors scholarship fund. To donate, mail a check to: Mountain Mentors, PO Box 4326 in Frisco, CO 80443. You can also donate online at under the “donate” tab, or by contacting Shawna Gogolen at

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