Forget Aspen as the “see and be seen, IT place”. The Annual Pond Skimming at Canyons Resort in Park City is where it’s at. Snow or no snow, ya gotta go – this is THE way to end the season. I’d seen pictures, but they don’t convey the energy of the crowd, the zaniness of the participants, and the laughter that erupts as each contestant goes for glory. What is Pond skimming, you ask? Contestants dress in costume (or character) as they attempt to cross a 100-foot pond on skis or a snowboard. Imagine 6 guys in speedos boarding down under cover of a Chinese dragon as, well, Puff the Magic Dragon. The pond and the excitement happen at mid-mountain just outside Red Pine Lodge. The Spring Gruv continues all day with live bands in the Resort Village. You need a ticket to ride the gondola up to the mountain, but the contest will definitely get you in the mood to create your own zaniness whether hitting the slopes afterward or rocking with the live bands. We hit the slopes, ending the day chilling at the beach in front of the Grand Summit, musing on our possible costumes for next year. Will we or won’t we – got be there to see it!
- Belinda Jorgenson, Destination Expert