Get Down-Ski for the Shot-Ski: The Newest College Trend

By Erica Gleeman on April 6, 2017
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The shot ski is the new kid on the block — the liquid party starter. The shot ski is most widely known for its usage in ski lodges and resorts, but now the shot ski is making a name for itself detached from the winter sports phenomenon.

Its presence is becoming more prevalent across college campuses; from student parties to local flavors, the shot ski is making a statement in the Seminole culture. If you thought skis were only meant for hitting the slopes, then you have much to learn about this new social drinking extravaganza.

Now, might you ask, what is a shot ski?

A shot ski is exactly what it sounds like — a ski with shot glasses attached. It is a ski, normally aged, that is revamped as a social drinking tool. The shot ski invention is intended to have multiple people participate at the same time. Three, four, five, etc. people take a shot off the ski at the same time. Friends don’t let friends drink alone, which is the only motto of the shot ski.

Now that you know what a shot ski is, you may wonder how exactly you use a shot ski?

Using a shot ski is quite simple; the participants fill up the shot glasses on the ski with liquor. You can even fill it up with any non-alcoholic fluids; there is no discrimination here. In unison, the participants lift up the shot ski to their faces and down their liquid courage, presumably until there is no liquid left in the shot glasses.

Shot Ski By Alan Turkus via Flickr  with the License
No changes were made to the photo, but the title was shortened

When it comes to shot skiing, all participants must finish the shots … or else the remaining liquids will end up being poured onto their faces. Shot skiing is a great tool to use against friends who don’t normally take shots … or who don’t like to finish their shots.

Check out this Youtube video to see shot skiing in action.

Tips to shot skiing success

When it comes to shot skiing, remember to drink responsibly. It is intended as a fun social activity, but no one should feel pressured to drink more than they are comfortable with.

Similarly, if all the participants are the same height then please disregard this portion. The tricky part about shot skiing is the differences in heights amongst participants. This is an element that is not commonly accounted for but which can easily be solved. If you were to bring the shot ski to the taller participant’s level, the shot will end up in the shorter participant’s face. If you start at the shorter participant’s level, then the shots will end up in the laps of the taller participants.

All participants should be leveled to the same height; an easy way to do so is by having participants bend down to the same level as the shortest participant. Another solution is to align the participants in descending order. When it comes to starting to down the shot ski it can start with the tallest person of the group. The image below is a perfect representation.

Shot Ski By Alan Turkus via Flickr with the License
No changes were made to the photo, but the title was shortened

Where can I get one of these shot skis?

You can purchase one online, but buying a shot ski may cause a hole in your pocket up to a couple hundred bucks. Websites like Etsy, Amazon, Ebay, and even have them. Other sites have them available to purchase, and you can even make one yourself!

If you want to go test one out here in Tallahassee, the Sidecar Gastrobar has a fireball shot ski. They even offer bar eats, from appetizers to entrées — you can accompany your shot ski with a happy and full stomach.

Learn to craft your own shot ski

The shot ski is a popular tailgating tool at professional sports events, such as with the Steelers. You can create your own shot ski in a day, even a mere afternoon. You can even learn how to decorate your device to show your Seminole pride, and even enjoy it as the tailgating tool for the upcoming football season.

Florida State Shot Ski By Anonymous Student

The first step in crafting your own shot ski is deciding what kind of shot ski you want to make. You decide here how you want it to be decorated, how many shot glasses you want it to hold, if you want glass or plastic shot glasses, and if you want the shot glasses to be removable or not. Fun fact: you don’t have to use a ski; you can use wood instead as the base.

If you want to make a lazy man’s shot ski, all you have to do is measure out where you want the shot glasses to be on the ski and super glue the shot glasses on. You are then finished and ready to use.

For more advanced shot skis, follow instructions from Backcountry’s blog on How to Make a Shot SkiThere are other websites to help with DIY shot skis as well.

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