Tom Wallisch sets new rail slide record |

Tom Wallisch sets new rail slide record

USSA News Bureau,
U.S. skier Tom Wallisch smiles after a slopestyle run during last year s U.S. Grand Prix competition at Park City Mountain.

Many skiers hang up their gear when springtime emerges. But U.S. skier Tom Wallisch took out the Guinness Book of World Records and set a goal — break the record for the world’s longest rail grind on skis.

The previous record was 241 feet. Wallisch and his crew built a 440-foot rail. For the sake of comparison, a football field is 360 feet long.

"The first time I saw it, I thought, ‘No way, I’ve made a horrible mistake,’" said Wallisch. "It’s a mental battle, against yourself and against the rail."

After hundreds and hundreds of attempts over four days, Wallisch finally stuck it.

"A childhood dream had come true," said Wallisch. "I’ve been a part of the rail skiing movement for so many years that it’s cool to have some sort of legacy in it — to have a record like that that means something. Hopefully it will hold on for some years to come, but you never know!"

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