Brit breaks World Ski Record

28th March 2014, by Abi Butcher

Ski Independence employee Jamie Stevenson skied 17 countries in 21 days

Ski Independence employee Jamie Stevenson skied 17 countries in 21 days

A skier from Edinburgh has broken the Guinness World Ski Record for skiing the most number of countries in one month.

Jamie Stevenson, who works for Ski Independence, raised more than £3,000 for Disability Snowsport UK while skiing 17 countries in 21 days, beating the current Guinness Ski World Record by two countries — and finishing a week early.

Jamie, 28, set off on his 6,000-mile journey on Saturday 1 March. He took his first run in the Cairngorms, Scotland, before departing for Baqueira Beret in Spain. Some 21 days later, after 5,000 miles on the road, Jamie completed his 17th country skied in Norway. The old record stood at 15 countries in under 31 days.

In between, travelling only by car and entirely on his own, he skied Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland and Sweden. While on the road he encountered blizzards in the Grandvalira resort in Andorra on day four, a lack of snow in Hungary and Croatia on days 10 and 12 which shrank his attainable target from 20 down to 18 countries skied.

“Having set myself an ambitious 20 country target in 31 days, I was delighted to ski 17 in 21 days,” said Jamie. “It was a shame three countries didn’t have enough snow cover to be eligible, but nevertheless, the main objective was getting above the current record of 15. It means a lot, in the initial planning stages people said I was mad, it was a waste of time and that I would never do it. To not only do the challenge, hopefully set a new record, but for everything to go to plan and raise over £3,000 for charity is a huge thing for me.”

Jamie also experienced plenty of highs, including a run down the famous World Cup Kandahar Run in Garmisch, Germany, a spot of delicious Slovenian cuisine and the completion of runs in France, Italy and Switzerland in under five hours, a record in itself.

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