April 25, 2005
Squaw Valley USA - What do you get when you combine a group of daredevils, a little creativity, some form of ski or snowboard equipment, wild costumes and a really cold and misleadingly large pond? Lake Tahoe's original pond crossing, the Lake Cushing Classic! For the 15th spring in a row, this entertaining snow and water competition returns to the waters of Lake Cushing on May 6, 2005.
The annual event features over fifty contestants and hundreds of spectators turning out to watch local lunatics and adventurous guests attempt to cross Lake Cushing. The goal is to get enough speed down the snow ramp and make it to the opposite side of the lake without falling. This contest is notorious for cannonball-sized crashes, hilarious costumes and ultra-creative pond skimming contraptions. Judging is based on style, grace, flair and of course, successfully crossing the lake.
"This might be one of the most entertaining events of the season, explained Squaw Valley's Katja Dahl. "It is so great to see the creativity and fun that people have preparing and participating in this event.
Registration takes place on the Bar One sundeck at noon with the competition starting at 2pm. The cost to participate is $15. All entrants MUST have a life preserver and a helmet, and sign a release of liability. Participants must be age 18 or older.
The awards ceremony and deck party takes place on the sundeck immediately following the event. Following the deck party guests are encouraged to stop by the outdoor bar at Le Chamois for the restaurant and bar's annual customer appreciation party with music and beer specials.