It was Valentine’s Day at Big Sky Resort, Montana and Rob Leipheimer was loving life. It had just passed 1 pm and he had just beat his Lone Peak Tram all-time record of 27 laps, reports montanauntamed.com.
“I was doing five laps an hour,” he said. “I was thinking this is a really good pace.”
“After I matched my personal record and had an hour still in the bank, I turned up the volume at that point,” Leipheimer said. “They were really fast laps after that.”
Leipheimer finished 35 Lone Peak Tram laps, a new record by many accounts. He started at 9:30 am loading the first tramcar and was in the last tram of the day at 3:06 pm. In total, he skied 50,750 feet of vertical, not including the Mr. K run at the end of the day to get back to his vehicle.
“I feel good that I can achieve such a great goal at my age,” he said. “Skiing is an awesome sport.”
Leipheimer has been skiing Big Sky Resort since he was a teenager. This season alone he’s already logged 80 days on the snow, a majority of them at the resort. He knows every route, rock and ridgeline on Lone Mountain.