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Vail hosts the World Pond Skimming Championships on April 18 during their Spring Back to Vail festival. With two season passes to the winner, the level of ludicrous outfits and ingenious new ways to cross the water is high. With 100 feet to skim, a kicker entrance, hundreds of beer-swilling spectators (and competitors) packed into days of free concerts and spring partying, this is one pond skim festival you don’t want to miss. The pond-skimming is limited to a field of 75, so register online if you want to do it. Photo courtesy of Thomas H. Green/Vail Resorts

Pond Skimming: Where To Do It, How to Do It

The ski season may be winding down, but that means that pond-skimming season is just beginning. We’ve got tips on how to become a pond-skimming pro and what ski resorts host the best ponds and spring festivals to display your newfound prowess. —Brigid Mander

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Ode to Spring

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—for skiers, at least. The end of the season brings sunshine, corn snow, cold beers, and countless ways to embarrass yourself in front of the entire resort. Good times. From late-season storms to pond skims and patios, spring skiing is winter’s most excellent parting gift.