EXPLORE: Ski Season Ends with a Splash

By Beacon Staff

Alas, another abundant winter is coming to an end, but not without a festive tradition that shouldn’t be missed.

Whitefish Mountain Resort is hosting the annual pond skim starting at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, on the second-to-last day of the ski season. This popular event draws hundreds (sometimes thousands) of spectators who watch the latest batch of brave skiers and snowboarders dressed in creative attire try to skim across the makeshift pond. Only 60 slots are available and they fill up fast, so if you’re 21 or older and interested in skimming, then sign up online. A total of $1,100 is up for grabs, including prizes for best costume, best crash and male and female winners. Costumes are required. The competition will not feature a 25-foot jump like last year, but this year’s event will still be a spectacle worth seeing.

How to get there: The pond skim is held at the base of Chair 1 at Whitefish Mountain Resort, located at 3889 Big Mountain Road.

Here are a few Beacon galleries featuring colorful photos from previous pond skim events:

Eighth Annual Pond Skim 2013

Seventh Annual Pond Skim

2011 Pond Skim Event

Costume-Clad Pond Skimmers

Skimming Skiers and Brave Boarders

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