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Sink or Skim

Each spring, skiers—or at least those with little self-restraint—measure their mettle in horizontal rather than vertical feet. The ubiquitous pond-skimming contest is an honored end-of-season ritual—and a handy excuse for cross-dressing.
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Sink or Skim

Each spring, skiers—or at least those with little self-restraint—measure their mettle in horizontal rather than vertical feet. The rest of us are unapologetic enablers, cheering them on as they try—mostly in vain—to cross open water on one board or two. The ubiquitous pond-skimming contest is an honored end-of-season ritual—and a handy excuse for cross-dressing. Rules and regulations vary, but skimming distance is secondary to skimming style. Vail dubs its contest the World Championships; Okemo, Vt., hosts its annual Slush Cup; but no one does it flashier than Montana’s Big Sky Resort (shown), where organizers dream up innovative pond configurations each year to keep skimmers on their toes. Last spring, they built two ponds separated by a three-foot snowbank. Pull out your 1985 hot-pink speed suit and give it a shot April 10.

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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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Pond Skimming Picture Bonanza

As the snow melts, resorts everywhere are celebrating the end of the season with the time-tested tradition of pond skimming. Enjoy these hilarious photos of the costumed, intoxicated antics of spring.