Pond skimming has become a staple of mountain resort spring festivals, but the original event took place 20 years ago in Squaw Valley, California. When Squaw ski patrol members attempted to ski across Lake Cushing as a tribute and ceremonious goodbye to the season, they were starting a trend that would spread far and wide to resorts all across the country.
The ritual developed into a public competition and has become the signature spring event at Squaw Valley.
According to Squaw, though many other resorts have begun hosting similar competitions, "none can rival Squaw Valley's" event. "Perhaps it is because the characters at Squaw are a little more daring, a little more agile, and a little bit better on sticks," reads the press release. "Or maybe it is because Lake Cushing is a real pond, rather than a tarp-lined ditch or kiddie pool. Whatever the reason, the Cushing Crossing blows other pond skimming events out of the water."
Thousands of spectators are expected to join in the festivities at this year's event.
Want to participate? The Cushing Crossing is open to the first 50 registrants. Registration is $20 on the KT Sundeck at 12 pm and the competition begins at 2 pm.
Prizes for the winners in each division (Men's Ski, Women's Ski, Men's Snowboard, Women's Snowboard, and "Unlimited," the division that includes such creations as a chair lift attached to three snowboards) includes a Bronze 2010-11 Squaw Valley Season Pass and $100 in cash for the highest scorer in each class.