Breaking a world record, one snow angel at a time

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It was a moment that could go down in the history books, or at least, the Guinness Book of World Records.

On Saturday, Feb. 4, Kinosoo Ridge took part in a cross-Canada venture, hoping to help create a little piece of history.

At 11 a.m. sharp, people across Canada were lying in the snow making snow angels hoping to help create a little piece of history, as the Canadian Ski Patrol (CSP) attempted to break the world record for the most people making snow angels across the country.

In order to beat the previous record, CSP must have a minimum of 15,851 people taking part. Kinosoo did its part, with over 135 people making snow angels at 11 a.m. for 30 seconds.

Virginia Blakie, social media coordinator for CSP, said the event is aimed to not only break a record, but also spread the word about the organization.

CSP offers ski patrol services for ski resorts across Canada. With the help of volunteers, they operate at resorts such as Kinosoo Ridge, keeping skiers and snowboarders safe while enjoying the hill. On Feb. 4, the organization celebrated CSP Day, promoting and informing users about the work they do across the country.

“It is a fun event, and CSP are always looking for more volunteers to work with them at the hill, and this is just a fun thing to do,” Blakie said. “It basically highlights CSP as being guardians of the snow, and it is just a nice way to coordinate that with the community.”

Blakie said it is nice to have an opportunity to feature the CSP volunteers because in some cases they go unnoticed. Since it’s a volunteer organization, there are not always opportunities to promote CSP.

“These guys take time out of their own schedules, they do it for free, they do a lot of first aid training… so it is a great organization to highlight and talk about.”

In terms of the turnout of the event, Blakie said it was good to see so many residents take part regardless of the chilly weather.

One of the snow angel makers, Kiara Praird-Endel, 11, participated so she could help make history.

Praird-Endel, was taking part in a snowboarding camp when her instructor told the group they had the chance to be part of a world record-breaking event.

“It is really cool,” she said. “I have never tried to break a Guinness World Record before.”

As a first-timer, Praird-Endel said she was excited to take part in a record that was not only achievable but also fun.

Officials with the Guinness Book of World Records will review the snow angel record-breaking attempt to ensure numbers are accurate and regulations were followed before CSP hears whether or not it was a succes.

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