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So I met "the dude."

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AKA Rainer Hertich, or the man me and my friend now just refer to as "the dude."

We were skiing at loveland Saturday, and sat down on the lift next to someone. After chatting a little, I asked him(as I asked everyone else) how many days they planned on skiing this season.


Me and my friend are like...what?? He then explains he travels between Colorado and South America and has skied every day. So I ask him how many days in a row he has skied, and he said today was 1,420. "Isn't that some sort of record?"
"Yeah, I broke the old one a long time ago, and now I'm trying to smash it so much so that one else ever attempts it."

He had gotten back from South America that morning and was getting runs in that afternoon. Crazy.

I then realized I had read about him in Outside Magazine

Here's another article:
Nice enough guy. Read about him over a year ago and never expected to meet him.
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Thats all i can say!! Amazing!

I love skiing, a lot, but I think even I would get bored of it after about 200 days in one year alone.
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I remember a thread about this either here or on TGR a while back. There was a bunch of debate about whether its even possible.

Personally, I think you could do it if you skied snow patches in NA all summer long. However, I don't think there is any way to travel to SA without losing a day. MAYBE, if at 12:00AM you made one turn on a pile of "snow" that the zamboni just scraped off an ice skating rink, that happens to be right next to an airport that has direct flights to a ski resort in SA, at which point you could hike up and make a couple turns by 11:59PM, but I doubt he does that.

Also, I assumed you were saying you met the actor that played Lebowski.
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Maybe he has a friend with a jet so he can just fly right out of one place into another?

I was wondering myself how he could get from NA to SA without losing a day.
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The dude abides...

Private air travel would definitely make this trivial. It shouldn't even be that hard flying the cattle car, but it would mean more risk. Ski Colorado in the morning, go to the airport, leave Denver at 3:30, arrive in Santiago at 7:30am, ski the afternoon at Portillo. Or various other combos. Primary danger would be getting stuck in some hole like Atlanta. I'd want to leave from a ski-country airport with direct flights. There must be some direct flights to SA from Denver, no?
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From the second article:
There have been close calls, too. Before flying to South America, for example, he's learned to take pre-dawn runs on Mt. Hood before going to the airport on a travel day. One time in Chile, he rented a car at the airport and got lost in Santiago. He almost did not make it to the slopes before the day was over. Another time, he hopped a bus to the mountain not realizing it was the scenic route.
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