MN hills join record attempt for largest ski and snowboard lessons

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Several Minnesota ski hills are going to be part of a record-breaking attempt next month.

The Learn to Ski and Snowboard Initiative is teaming up with ski hills across the country in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest multi-venue ski and snowboard lessons ever taught, a news release says.

The hope is these lessons will get more people interested in the sports – and many participating venues are offering discounts, deals and promotions for the Jan. 8 event.

"It's our way of just trying to promote beginner lessons. The new generation that's coming up, we're having a hard time getting these new skiers," Shelby Anderson, the marketing director at Powder Ridge in Kimball, Minnesota, told the St. Cloud Times.

Lessons will take place at 10 a.m. in the ski areas' local time zone, and will be divided by skiers and snowboarders. At least 11 hills in or near Minnesota will have beginner lessons on Jan. 8:

Powder Ridge is aiming for 200 people to show up for the beginners' lessons on Jan. 8, the St. Cloud Times reports, noting a group of 150 students from Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City is already scheduled to participate.

The hills will have at least 20 instructors on hand to help teach the 90-minute lessons, the paper adds, where beginners will learn balance techniques, flat-ground walking, side-to-side motion and stopping, gliding, turning and how to safely ride a chair lift.

The Guinness World Record website doesn't show a current record for either largest ski lesson (multiple venues) or largest snowboarding lesson (multiple venues).

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