On April 28th 2017, both TGDerp and lord_hakkis shared a tied World Record for the Tree Slalom category in the classic 1991 Microsoft game, SkiFree. It was a 53s 490ms tied WR which lasted a couple months. Lord_hakkis was able to improve his run on June 6th, 2017 and secure the record with a time of 53s 370ms, which remained untouched for more than a year.
On July 5th, 2018, the time had finally been improved when a runner named rmleer, using a webcam capture, showed up on the scene with an impressive time of 53s 270ms — cutting an entire millisecond off the record. Little did we know this would be the spark which created an explosion of record trade-offs.
Rmleer’s record from July 5th was surpassed only one day later by the return of lord_hakkis with a 53s 250ms, giving him the lead by only a fraction of a second. And thus, the old rivalry had been brought back to life. TGDerp, who had previously held that tied world record with lord_hakkis came back to reclaim his title with a 53s 230ms time on July 8th. Rmleer, being the new guy on the leaderboards couldn’t just let this slide – he needed to reclaim his victory.
With no Abominable Snow Monster in sight, on July 9th, 2017, the notorious yet classic SkiFree saw rmleer take the Tree Slalom mode record of 53s 030ms.
Go check out the record-holding run here, which once again favours the far right route of the obstacle-laden Tree Slalom run. We were happy this video also captures the palpable excitement as rmleer crossed the finish line.
We want to congratulate rmleer on this SkiFree WR, we know that these speedruns really come down to milliseconds and every frame counts. When the record depends on fractions of a second, the race for a top time becomes neck-and-neck. We are excited to see what will come next!
Congratulations again to rmleer for regaining his title so swiftly in a near-perfect run. As for everyone else — have fun, goodluck, and watch out for that Abominable Snow Monster! See you next time!
Alice is a writer, gamer, creator, and organizer.