Marathon Man

The man who’s skied 2,134 consecutive days—and counting.
Rainer Hertrich and his handlebar mustache.

By August 31, 2009, Copper Mountain snowcat driver Rainer Hertrich, 47, had skied 2,134 consecutive days. That’s every day since November 1, 2003—since the Marlins won the Series, and through bouts of the flu, a separated shoulder, and four rib injuries. And he’s still going. He works six months a year at Copper and shoulder-season days at Loveland and Arapahoe Basin. He grooms Mt. Hood by summer and finishes the year in South America. He’s amassed more than 70 million vertical feet and a Guinness record, all on telemark gear. He spoke to us between runs in September.

I was on CNN once for 17 seconds. They charged me $200 just to get a DVD of it.

A lot of people say my skiing is inspirational and shows a good work ethic. But I’m not looking to give motivational speeches. I’m the one who gets to ski.

The vert is more important. That’s the record Guinness created: accumulated vertical descent in consecutive days. But skiing a million vertical feet per month is a lot. That’s more than Everest every day.

You have to be dedicated. Minus 20 and windy would rate as a bad day.

Changing hemispheres is tough. Santiago, Chile, is three hours later than Timberline, Oregon. I prepack my gear and take a predawn run on other equipment before my flight. Coming home to Colorado, my flight arrives in the morning, so I hit Loveland on the way back.

I don’t go to doctors. I don’t need to know that something hurts. When I separated my shoulder, I just didn’t plant my pole.

I like kayaking and fishing also. Whenever I do those together, I get a three-sport day in. Four if you count my motorcycle ride to get to Oregon’s Deschutes River.


A-Basin 2

The Earliest Opening Date in History

You've likely heard the snowfall reports from around the country. Wyoming, Utah, Washington, California, and Colorado have all boasted early season dustings. But if you live in Colorado, the season officially starts tomorrow with Loveland opening at 9 a.m., beating out its rival Arapahoe Basin by a mere two days.

Arctic Man

Arctic Man

At Arctic Man, skiers and snow-machiners unite for one of skiing's weirdest races. There are busted bones, burning couches, and hopes of seeing Todd Palin. Surviving the 4.5-mile race is the easy part. We have helmet cam footage and in-depth account from last spring's race in Alaska.

Honorable Mention: Seth Morrison

Five Question Interview: Seth Morrison

Seth Morrison is featured in the new TGR film, Re:Session, and just signed on with a new sponsor, We spoke to him about Christmas shopping, early season groomers, and what it feels like to jump into a pile of foam.

Craig DiPietro, Somewhere between Keystone and Breck

The Hillbilly Haute Route

Who can afford to ski the real Haute Route during a recession? What we need is a domestic version, a tour connecting, say, nine ski areas in Colorado. It’s out there for any mountain yokel willing to hoist a heavy pack, bribe snowmobilers, and break trail where trails aren’t meant to be broken. It starts in luxury and ends with nearly rotten mayonnaise—conditions permitting.

A State Representative Who Rips

The man behind two ski magazines moves into politics.

Andy Campbell at Buffalo Pass, Colorado

Finally, a Freeride Event for Sit-Skiers

Because the powder is deeper when you ski sitting down.

A skier takes the plunge into Woodward’s foam-filled pool

Ski Indoors. It’s Cool. We Promise.

At Woodward at Copper, Colorado’s new indoor park training facility, you can learn Rodeo 5s, backflips, and more, into the comfort of a foam pit.


Chasing Jen: Skiing Mag's Blind Date Setup

In Skiing magazine’s February 2009 issue, we ran a letter from Jen Winslow from Maine, who asked for our help finding her a guy who cares about skiing as much as she does. So we sent out a call for help, asking guys to write in and tell us why they deserved a ski date with Jen. Sugarloaf was willing to donate some lift tickets and an apres-ski bar tab for the occasion. Dozens of eligible bachelors from all over the country wrote in, hoping for their chance at romance. The lucky guy? Wes Berkshire, from Colorado, who flew across the country to meet Jen. Here’s Wes' story.