The Most Obscure Yet Hotly Contested Ski World Record

On May 20, Malene Blikken Haukøy, a 26-year-old ultrarunner and member of the Norwegian National Ski Mountaineering Team, and Lars Erik Skjervheim, a 37-year-old Norwegian ultrarunner and ski-mountaineering racer, broke seemingly unheard-of world records.

At Myrkdalen, the largest ski area in western Norway, Haukøy skied 50,656 vertical feet, setting a new women’s record for the most vertical skied in 24 hours. That’s the equivalent of summiting Mount Rainier nearly six times in a day. Skjervheim skied 68,697 vertical feet (equal to over seven Rainiers), looping the same half-mile course and climbing about 1,500 vertical feet per lap 44 times in a day, setting a new men’s record.

It’s an obscure goal, for sure, but it turns out, it’s more sought-after than it seems.

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