WENTWORTH, N.S. – Ski hills across the province are jumping in on a country-wide attempt to break a world record this weekend.
As part of Canadian Ski Patrol Day, The Nova Scotian Canadian Ski Patrol is inviting communities across Nova Scotia to join them at Ski Martock and Wentworth as they attempt to break the record for most people making snow angels simultaneously.
This will be the third straight year the Canadian Ski Patrol has attempted to break the world record.
“The thing is, unfortunately, we can get various forms of weather across the country,” said Claire Blight, safety officer for the Canadian Ski Patrol’s Nova Scotia zones.
“Despite the best efforts of people wanting to break the record, sometimes the weather prevents people from even getting to the ski hill in some places, while in others, it’s pouring rain.”
The original record for most people making snow angels simultaneously (multiple venues), which was previously set in 2004 by the London District Catholic School Board, saw 15,851 parents, teachers and students making snow angels at the same time in Ontario, and hasn’t been broken since.
“Officials will be on site Saturday at both hills to count participants as they come in,” said Blight.
“Then at 2 p.m. our time, 10 a.m. in B.C. and 2:30 p.m. in Newfoundland, everyone will begin doing snow angels for a minimum of 30 seconds to a minute, which will be recorded by the officials with pictures. Unfortunately, this year we won’t be able to get drone footage as Martock is in a flight zone.”
Aside from the record-breaking attempt, the Canadian Ski Patrol will celebrate Ski Patrol Day on Saturday, which will see ski patrol officials hit the hills to discuss safety and available programs.
“At both Wentworth and Martock we have a penguin mascot, Pace Penguin, who is part of our children’s safety program,” said Blight.
“So Pace Penguin will be out and about, promoting hill safety and accident prevention. We will also be out there talking about what we do and connecting with our skiing community.”
When it comes to the record attempt though, “Everybody is welcome,” she said.
“You don’t need to be a skier, you just need to be willing to be outside for a few minutes and make some snow angels.”