STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – This Friday Steamboat Ski Resort is joining 160 other resorts from across the country in an attempt to set the world record for the largest multi-venue ski lesson and snowboard lesson ever taught.

The event is dubbed as the unofficial kickoff of the National Ski Areas Association’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and it’s free.

“There’s never been a better time to learn to ski or snowboard,” Nelson Wingard, Director of the Steamboat SnowSports School, said in a statement. “A lifetime of enjoyment starts with your first turn and it’s absolutely free as part of the World’s Largest Ski and Snowboard lessons this Friday.”

Steamboat will give free “ski and snowboard Never-Ever lessons,” a free beginner lift ticket and free rental equipment for first-graders and older.

The program starts at 10 a.m. and runs until noon. Participants will meet at the SnowSports School’s red school house just off the promenade in the base area.

“Learning under the direction of trained professionals ensures you start off on the right foot whether as part of the World Largest lesson or anytime throughout the season,” Wingard said. “Steamboat’s lessons build confidence while you learn in a safe, controlled, terrain-based environment with instructors that guide you every step of the way.”

Those interested in participating need to book their space in advance over the phone with SnowSports School at (800) 299-5017 or in person at the Ticket Office before 9 a.m. on Friday.

The current Guinness Book of World Records record for the largest ski lesson and the largest snowboard lesson is about 500 for an individual location.

“The time zone that has the most participants will be the big winner and results will be announced after the Guinness organization can officially tally the results,” the resort said in a news release.

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