Canadian Ski Patrol leads Guinness World Record attempt for most people making snow angels

Attempt will take place across Canada on Canadian Ski Patrol Day, February 4

Ottawa, January 30, 2017 – On February 4, the skiing and snowboarding community across Canada – led by the Canadian Ski Patrol – will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for making the most snow angels at the same time in multiple locations. The current record is 15,851. Up to 100 ski hills and resorts across Canada will be participating in the attempt at 1:00 p.m. (ET). There will also be an attempt on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

The effort is being held as part of Canadian Ski Patrol Day, a day that honours the life-saving work undertaken by the 4,500 volunteer ski patrollers providing advanced first aid and rescue services at more than 220 ski areas across Canada. This is the second time the CSP has attempted to break the snow angels record, after a strong showing in 2016.

“Breaking the record for most snow angels is a fitting way for the skiing community to celebrate the people who look over them on the snow,” said Canadian Ski Patrol president and chief executive officer Colin Saravanamuttoo.

The Canadian Ski Patrol was first established in 1941 to organize and train a first aid and rescue group to patrol ski hills. Today, the CSP is Canada’s largest volunteer-based first responder organization. In the past 76 years, hundreds of thousand Canadians have volunteered for and received advanced first aid training from the Canadian Ski Patrol.

The media is invited to attend the attempts and speak to ski patrollers and participants. Photographs and video will also be available for media following the attempt.

Canadian Ski Patrol – key facts and numbers:
• Hundreds of thousand volunteer ski patrollers since 1941
• 4,500 active ski patrollers in 2016
• More than 220 ski resorts serviced by the Canadian Ski Patrol
• An estimated five million Canadians are skiers or snowboarders
• Up to 100 ski resorts taking part in the attempt

About the Canadian Ski Patrol

The Canadian Ski Patrol was formed in 1941 with a mission to organize and train a first aid and rescue group to patrol the ski hills. Since then, this nationally registered non-profit charitable organization has continued to grow along with the Canadian snow-sliding industry.

Today, 4,500 volunteers offer services to more than 220 ski areas from coast to coast, in all ten provinces and the Yukon, serving both alpine and Nordic skiers. The expertly trained members also provide advanced first aid and medical support to a long list of sporting and special events across the country throughout the year.

For more information or to arrange an interview with the Canadian Ski Patrol, a ski area or patroller, please contact:

Niki Ganie
250-317-8619
nikiganie@skipatrol.ca

Lia Skelding
National Safety Co-ordinator
905-926-7097
safesliding@gmail.com