305,525 vertical feet

Published in the Guinness 2000 Book of World Records: Millennium Edition.
WHO: Tammy McMinn (now Tammy Snyder)
WHAT: World Record
WHERE: Klondike Heliskiing in Atlin, B.C., Canada
WHEN: April 20th, 1998
WHY: Why Not?

On April 20, 1998 Tammy McMinn (now Tammy Snyder) and Jennifer Hughes set three new world records and broke four existing world records. Tammy, riding a 1998 K2 Synergy snowboard and Yak Clicker boots, and Jennifer on skis set the first women's heli-skiing, snowboarding and group record. They also broke the world vertical heli-skiing record set by Mark Bennett. In addition, their vertical achievement surpassed both the men's and women's 24 Hours of Aspen totals.
This achievement is equivalent to snowboarding from the summit of Mt. Everest to the base over ten times between breakfast and dinner!
"I think it's more special than a medal, just the memories... We're never going to forget something like this. For me, it was probably bigger than going to the Olympics, because it's just such a unique thing that we did."
-- Tammy McMinn, in response to a CBC reporter's question of taking home a medal.

K2 Snowboards and Clicker, Klondike Heliskiing (host), Kluane Helicopters, Subaru, Oakley, MICA Sport Canada, Betty Rides (clothing), Acerbis (helmets), GU, Smartwool, Cytomax, Loffler, YMCA, CamelBak

Photography Credits:
Brian Boyle, CBC Radio-Canada
Leo Steiner, Klondike Heliskiing

Web Site Design: Karen Dresch
Senior Editor: Debbie Steiner

Read about other women and their great adventures: Outdoor Neophyte.