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Everybody Into The Water: Vail, Others To Host Pond Skimming Championships


Well, it’s an annual rite of spring at Vail. The wet and wild day is April 15, 2012, sponsored by Rockstar energy drink.  Vail is not alone, either.

The competition is set for “Lake Golden Peak” at the Golden Peak base area. Cost to enter is $75 with 75 competitors in the hunt for the title.

Pond skimmers will launch themselves off an on-snow jump into an icy pond to leave the other side of the water (hopefully) on both feet. “It can defy the laws of physics and perhaps even common sense,” Vail officials caution.  Who needs common sense in spring anyway?

It’s all part of the resort’s “Spring Back To Vail” celebration that will conclude at 4 p.m. with a performance by Iration, a group influenced by living in Hawaii, with a mix of reggae, rock, and pop music. Schwing Daddy will open the show. 

Pond skimming is not confined to this so-called world championship or even to Vail. Several other resorts will host pond skimming events before the curtain comes down on the season. Grand Prize is an Epic Pass for the 2012-13 season.

Northwest “athletes” can get wet at Oregon’s Hoodoo, Saturday, April 7 at 2:30 p.m. Extra points will be given for costumes, crashes styles, distance. Overall winner wins a season pass. 

Big Sky, Montana’s end of season celebration is the pond skim April 14, beginning at 3 p.m. Music by Milton Manasco and the Big Fiasco directly follows the event. Participants ski down Ambush and then skim – with luck – across the icy pond at the bottom. Registration is at the Summit Clock Tower beginning at 12 p.m. A $20 registration fee gets you a spot in the line-up and a gift. 

The Pond Skimming Championship of Tahoe is set at Heavenly, April 14-15. Funky costumes and daredevils are wanted to ski or board across Adventure Peak’s “Lake Heavenly” outside Tamarack Lodge beginning at noon. Contestants will be judge on staying dry, a well as distance, style, appearance, and crowd appeal. 

There’s never a charge for spectator who want to stay dry. 

Photo: Vail pond skimming (travelenvogue.com) 


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