Big Sky is the last of Montana’s ski resorts to close for the season, and they will be hosting a pond skimming contest and other closing day festivities this weekend. If you aren’t up for spring skiing, this is the perfect day to participate in the celebration as a spectator. Especially considering you have a much better chance at staying dry watching than any of the pond skimming contestants.
Pond skimming has become a closing day tradition for many ski resorts looking for a way to spice up spring conditions and draw a crowd. If you are new to the concept, it works like this:
Pond skimming typically happens at the end of ski season. Pond skimmers ski down a hill, then try to skim across a pond without falling in and getting wet.
It’s usually a competition and anyone can enter, sometimes in a costume or even in a bathing suit, and the goal is to get enough speed going down the hill so you can skim the pond and get to the other side without ending up in the pond. The faster you ski, the better chance you’ll have of making it to the other side of the pond.
When: Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 3:00pm
Where: Ambush headwall at Big Sky Resort’s Mountain Village
Schedule: 11:00am-12:00pm Registration (Summit Clock Tower)
- **Must show 13/14 Season Pass or Lift Ticket for April 19 to register
- 3:00pm- Pond Skim commences
- 5:00pm- After Party on the plaza with Milton Menasco
- 9:00pm- After Party continues in Whiskey Jack’s with Bottom of the Barrel
$25/person includes trucker hat
**Cash or Check only
Free for Big Sky Resort employees (trucker hat not included)
For more information go to www.bigskyresort.com.
feature photo: Emily Stifler