A few years ago I attended my first Spring Skiing event at Canyons Resort called, Spring Grüv Pond Skimming and Concert. The costumes, the music and the blue skies made this a day I couldn’t forget. Two years later, I decided to get all of my friends and co-workers to attend along with me. However, I didn’t just want to watch, I wanted to participate. The only problem is that I’m new to boarding and the thought of going off a jump of any size, scares the crap out of me. So instead, I left the jumping to my friends.
First, I created an event on Facebook that included a photo of a woman flying over a 20 yard pond of ice water, and invited everyone I knew. Immediately I had 6 friends register for the event (yes, I am friends with that many crazy people).
Second, I talked 3 co-workers into competing for VacationRoost. We paid their entrance fee, created a team theme – “The Roosters” – and made their costumes. All they had to do was show up and ski. Simple, right?
I booked a two bedroom condo at the Sundial Lodge, which is located at the base of the Canyons Resort Gondola. The resort was base camp for all of our activities; we jumped on the Gondola to head up to mid-mountain for pond skimming and later right in front of the resort base Little Feet performed.
The morning of the race, I headed up to the registration around 8am and met-up with all of our excited skimmers. We grabbed the race numbers and headed up to the pond. The race didn’t start until noon, but that didn’t stop hundreds of people from arriving early to stake a claim on their spot for the event. My group was early so we had a great spot along the first ledge at the bottom of the pond. TIP: If you do not plan on skiing it is still a great event. You’ll pay a small fee to ride the Gondola to the race location and be sure to have a folding chair and cooler on hand. However, most people stand during the race, but it’s a great way to keep your extra layers off the snow. There is a DJ spinning tunes, a BBQ and bar set-up for those that don’t want to carry anything with them.
All of my friends and co-workers gathered around enjoying some beer and burgers while the competitors suited up. One hundred racers were entered to attempt skimming across the 100 foot pond. I could count on one hand the amount that actually made it across and when they did the crowd went wild.
Everyone did a great job and the 2.5 hour event went by very quickly. Click here to watch some highlights from the event this year.
Overall the event went smoothly and was well worth the admission! I actually plan to attempt the jump myself next year. Need to cross that one off my bucket list.
- Amy Ochoa, Marketing Team