A Canadian skier has set a new world record for most vertical feet skied in his efforts to raise money for Alzheimer's disease research.

Pierre Marc Jette, 55, skied down the slopes of Whistler Mountain in B.C. on Saturday morning to set the new world record for most vertical feet travelled on skis in a single year. Jette travelled 4.175 million feet to set the record in just four months.

The self-described "ski bum" has raised about $9,500 for Alzheimer's research since he set out in pursuit of the record last November, though he hopes the money will keep coming in as he pushes for his $420,000 goal.

Jette lost an aunt to the disease and has two uncles who are still living with its symptoms.

All proceeds from his fundraising efforts will go to the Alzheimer Society charities of Quebec and B.C.