Slip and sliding to a record

BISMARCK—If you’re looking for a thrill and a chance at making a small piece of history, grab that swimsuit and head to a North Dakota ski resort this weekend.

Mandan businesses CiNcity Designs and Huff Hills are attempting to break the world record for longest slip and slide on Saturday.

The slide will be more than 1,100 feet long, and sliders will be able to use the ski resort’s chairlift to get to the top, said Nic Cruz, owner of CiNcity Designs.

Cruz said he was looking to host a fun event and asked for suggestions on Facebook.

“A number of ideas came in. One was a slip and slide,” he said. “Of course, they probably meant for it to be like any other slip and slide. Anyone that knows me knows we try to make them as big as possible.”

According to CiNcity Designs, the current world record for a slip and slide is 600 feet long. Creating a slide double that length and with roughly 250 feet of vertical drop has taken a lot of legwork, Cruz said.

He called many places trying to find someone willing to make a custom-made enormous slide.

“You can imagine how that conversation went,” Cruz said.

Besides the large slide, Cruz said they’re also working to have a smaller slide or two to help with traffic or for those wary of riding the big one.

Jill Castleberry of CiNcity Designs said they contacted Guinness World Records, but they’re not sure if anyone will make it to the event.

CiNcity Designs will shoot video of the slide being measured to submit, she said.

The effort will cost about $7,500, but Cruz expects between 1,000 and 2,000 people to participate. The publicity will also be worth it, he said.

“I knew right away as soon as we started talking about it that people were going to want to get involved, and it was going to be something that would be all over the place,” he said.

Andy Beck, mountain operations manager at Huff Hills, said the resort has worked the past few years to include more summer events.

“Our whole purpose is to have a good time and have fun,” he said. “Mostly it (the slip and slide) looked like something that was a lot of fun to do. It’s been a good time getting it set up.”

 If you go 

What: Attempt to break world record for longest slip and slide.

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Saturday

Where: Huff Hills, 5455 County Road 80, Mandan, N.D.

Cost: $10 per person lets you slide as many times as you possibly can

Other: Waivers must be signed before riding and anyone under 18 will be required to have a parent or guardian signature.

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