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New Vertical Descent Record for Big White

On Friday, March 9, 2007 Russel Critchlow set a new record vertical for one day (from 845 to 4PM), with 79,050 feet (31 Gem Lake lifts).

On a sunny Spring day, with 4 inches of fresh powder, Russel Critchlow,  Al Reid, Blue Griffiths and Nick Dale set out to establish a time trial for the 2550 foot Gem Lake run.  Critschlow was clearly the class of the field, with a near straight line down the Sunripe Bowl).  He broke away on the first run,  and the pack didn't see him again until he he "lapped" them after 10 runs.  All was documented by Gemma's mum who supplied coffee, and encouraged Russell through the ordeal.  Josh Foster (Director of Big White's Ski School) heard abou the record, and hoped to see it fall this Spring.

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