Rock the Pond - Ski Mag

Rock the Pond

Julia Mancuso and Skiing Magazine offer tips on pond skimming, including this one: Style conquers substance...abuse.

Pond skimming is less technique

and more prep and style. For starters, you’ll need your fattest skis—anything resembling water skis. You’ll also need a costume that looks like it was assembled by someone on mushrooms.

Check the inrun

of the slope to the pond, making sure the snow smoothly transitions into the water. Also, make sure the pond is more than a foot deep, or you’ll end up with some bruises.

Start at least 300 yards above the takeoff—

and point ’em. You will need as much speed as possible. Maintain even pressure on both skis and stay in a tight tuck until you hit the lip. Unless you feel like getting wet, don’t throw a trick on your first try. Instead, absorb the jump by staying low and keeping your knees bent.

When you hit the water,

stand strong and lean back slightly to keep your tips afloat. (This guy almost ate it being too far forward.) For extra points, take off switch or moon the crowd. If you make it to the other side, throw your skis sideways to come to a stop. If you don’t, click out of your bindings before you drown.

What not to wear:

A cardboard box. Skinny skis. A white cotton T-shirt. A Speedo.

Julia Mancuso is a veteran of the Squaw Valley Pond Skimming Championships. She also took the GS gold medal at a lesser contest, the 2006 Winter Olympics.



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.

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