The Legend of the Shot Ski
Rising from the brilliant minds of European party skiers, the shot ski has become a common sight in ski towns such as our Park City home. Willing participants line up behind a decorated ski holding shots of alcohol to be consumed in unison. From here, the après is on!
Breckenridge, Colorado holds the world’s longest shot ski record at 1,320 participants using 440 skis, reclaiming the title back from Park City on December 12, 2019. Still, the question remains…where and how did this tradition begin?
Though the exact origins are unknown, it is likely that the shot ski was first used by Austrian skiers. The original technique involved balancing shots of Schnapps on a ski for a whole new element of challenge. Presumably due to the many broken shot glasses accompanied by this strategy, the shot ski has evolved to include secure mountains points for each shot glass.
Eventually, the shot ski gained traction amongst US skiers who are responsible for bringing the experience to nearly every ski town. This takes us to our own rendition of the shot ski. We put a unique spin on the tradition by creating miniature wooden skis designed to be painted on. This allows participants to design their very own masterpiece to use for celebrating a great day on the slopes, or let’s face it, any other occasion!
Ready to give DIY shot skis a try? Check out our local calendar to find our next DIY Shot Ski event or book a private party for a truly unique creative adventure!
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