On 22 March 2010, 184 skiers from Iwate prefecture in Japan set a new world record for the longest line of skiers. Despite the severe condition with snowstorm, 159 children and 25 instructors participated in the record attempt at Hachimantai ski resort.
The event was organised by Touhoku Sakudoukyoukai Iwatechikubukai and Iwate Winter Resort Kyougikai to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of ski in Japan. It is believed that ski was first introduced to Japan from Australia in 1911. The main purpose of the organisers was to promote skiing to young children as the sport is not as popular as it used to be.
To be qualified for the record, each skier must be connected to the skier in front of and behind them. For this record attempt, the skiers were connected by holding a long rope and skied down a 1km slope. The rope was marked every 2 m to ensure the distance between each skiers was no more than 2.5 m, the rule set by Guinness World Records.
Guinness World Records adjudicator Kaoru Ishikawa travelled down the slope by the side of the skiers on a snowmobile to verify the attempt, and certified the success of the attempt with an announcement. Ms Ishikawa said to the crowd, ‘I was so excited to see you all skied so well I didn’t feel the cold at all. Congratulations!’. The children cheered with excitement as the certificate was presented and celebrated the new Guinness World Records accomplishment.