Colorado skier hits 2,000 straight days


— Sitting in the barroom of Frisco's Blue Spruce Inn last week, Rainer Hertrich, 47, took a moment to decide on his drink order. He adjusted his Spyder ballcap and sat back in his chair. Then a wide grin emerged.

"I'm celebrating," he said with a laugh and ordered himself a cocktail.

It was a milestone day for Hertrich, who had just reached his 2,000th consecutive day of skiing.

No, that's not a typo.

Hertrich has strapped on his telemark skis and hit the slopes every single day since Nov. 1, 2003.

"It just keeps rolling," Hertrich said about the record streak. "That's how I look at it. I'm not going to make excuses to miss a day."

And he hasn't, not once in five years, five months and 22 days.

Hertrich has endured through rain, sleet, severe temperatures, a separated shoulder, four broken ribs and even had to avoid a herd of llamas once in South America.

"It's been pretty wild," he said.

The streak began as, what Hertrich called, a "vertical quest."

In spring 2003, Hertrich was sitting in the Mangy Moose Restaurant and Saloon in Jackson Hole, Wyo., when he and his skiing buddies noticed a club that the restaurant had for people who had skied at least 6 million vertical feet in a single season.

"I was looking at that and thinking, 'Well, I did about 4 million last year, and I skied 250 days,'" Hertrich said. "But those days weren't consecutive, so I figured I could get some more days in."

Hertrich and his friends did the math. He realized that if he skied 33,000 vertical feet each day for six months, without missing a single day, he could top the mark.

"Good luck," Hertrich joked.

Luckily, Hertrich had the perfect job to attempt the feat as a groomer for Copper Mountain Resort. And when Copper opened for Day 1 of the 2003-04 ski season, he was already making his runs.


Dan Hill 8 years ago

This reads like a half a story. What does it really mean by consecutive days? Does it mean he goes to the southern hemisphere in the summer to ski? It must to get in 2,000 days since 2003, but it doesn't say that our tell us anything about where he goes. And it doesn't ask or answer any of the other obvious questions - doesn't he ever get sick or injured or just tired of skiing?


RangerRoutt 8 years ago

Yeah, I agree with you Dan....okay so he is a groomer for what do you do during the summer. I'm guessing you are still not grooming Copper???


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