Ski Roundtop joining in on record attempt

Christopher Dornblaser

Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry is participating in a countrywide effort to promote learning to ski and snowboard, all while attempting to make a Guinness Book world record.

On Friday, the resort will offer ski lessons at a reduced price to encourage people to learn to ski. Ski Roundtop, along with many resorts in the country, will be doing skiing lessons at 10 a.m.

The record for largest simultaneous ski lesson in one location is 500, but there is no record for a lesson spanning multiple locations, according to a news release from Learn to Ski and Snowboard. The goal for this event nationally is to break the current record for one location and set a new one for largest lesson over multiple locations.

Jonathan Sprenkle adjusts a snow cannon on Fife & Drum at Roundtop Mountain Resort,  Monday, January 4, 2015. (John A. Pavoncello - The York Dispatch)

As part of the event, Ski Roundtop will be offering beginner lessons at a reduced price of $49, according to Sam Krepps, marketing and events coordinator at the resort.

The effort: Over 160 resorts from all over the country will be participating Friday, with many of them having discounted ski and snowboard lessons that day, according to a news release.

This pricing offered by Ski Roundtop is typically only available on Thursdays in January, but the resort will be offering them at that price on Friday morning.

"It's just north of a 50 percent discount on any other day," Krepps said, adding that the same package offered any other day is around $84.

Krepps said the price includes a lift ticket which can be used for the three beginner lifts for easier slopes, lessons and rental.

The lessons are about 90 minutes long, and the special pricing option will only be available until 10 a.m. on Friday.

Where's the snow?: With the unseasonable weather lately, snow has been a no-show so far this winter. While the resort had not made an official statement on its opening date as of Monday afternoon, Krepps is positive about it.

"Things are looking very, very promising," he said.

Krepps said the resort has been making snow since 9 p.m. Sunday. With the colder weather, the resort has been able to make more snow.

"We're going full power right now," he said Monday afternoon.

He said overnight they can make around six to eight inches of snow, but with the machine running 24 hours they can make a lot more.

“We’re making snow at the highest capacity that we can,” he said.

Krepps said they will release official opening date information Tuesday.

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