The days where you ski all day, from the first chair to the last, are the best. Coming down your final run at 4 pm, your legs are like jelly and you’re dreaming of that après beer. Exhausted, but fulfilled, you know you’ll sleep well that night.
Fred Bacher, 50, of Vail, CO took this one step further. He decided to set himself a challenge and see how much vertical he could ski, how fast he could go, and how many chairlift rides he could accomplish in a single day’s skiing.
The results are pretty astonishing. Skiing from the first chair, at 8.30 am, to the last chair at 4 pm, he achieved:
- 38 lift rides
- 13 unique lifts
- 64,645 vertical feet
- 60.9 total miles skied
- Max speed 83.2mph (or 87.2mph depending on the app) !!
A day like this requires dedication, Fred stopped only once in the 8.5 hours, for a bathroom break and to refill his water bottle. The feat was completed on a busy Vail Saturday, although I imagine the lift-lines were a welcome break for those overworked legs!
Over 80 mph? That’s hauling ass!
Fred shared with us his GPS tracks and EPIC stats as proof if any were needed, of his day.
I am grateful and humbled to have been able to pull this at my age. Wow, what an EPIC day! Cheers
I am not aware of any ‘official’ Vail vert challenges, but if there is then Fred’s day must surely rank up there with the biggest and best.
Congratulations Fred, EPIC day!