Breckenridge reclaimed the unofficial world record for the longest shot-ski on Thursday, Dec. 7, during Ullr Fest, the town’s celebration of all things winter.
This year, 495 skis were lashed together up and down Main Street, running 2,469 feet long and connecting 1,377 people together to take a synchronized shot of Breckenridge Distillery bourbon.
The previous record was held by Park City, Utah, with 1,360 shot-takers.
After the shot-ski, the annual Ullr Parade took to Main Street as locals sought bragging rights for the best float, according to the Breckenridge Tourism Office. After deliberation, the official Ullr judging panel determined the winning Ullr Fest parade floats based on creativity, a “theme/fun factor,” and workmanship.
Maxine Eldridge traveled from her home on Grand Island, NY to Breckenridge not only to participate in the record setting shot-ski but to also celebrate her 99th birthday.
Eldridge joined her two daughters and daughter-in-law at the annual celebration held on Main Street in Breckenridge.
“You have no idea how much we’ve all looked forward to this,” Eldridge’s daughter and Breckenridge resident Deb Lesinski said in a Summit Daily article. “We all have our ridiculous Viking hats. I just love it.”
She said she participated in the event because she could and because she likes bourbon.
She hopes to participate next year around the time of her 100th birthday.