Pond Skimming 2016

March 15, 2016 | By: Monica Christofferson

Ski Santa Fe, Ski Apache and Taos Ski Valley will be open until April 3rd. Sipapu will be open until April 10th, 2016.

The end of the ski and riding season is bittersweet, but this goodbye comes with some of the most looked-forward-to events of the year. It’s time for some pond skimming.

As the weather warms and the snow melts, resorts dig out an icy pool at the bottom of their slopes. Participants ski or ride down the slope and attempt to “skim” across the pond, hopefully (but not likely) without sinking.

Prizes are usually awarded for more than just making it across. Creativity will win you extra points with both the judges and the crowd. Costumes are highly encouraged. Optimism is required. A sense of self-preservation is optional.

Sipapu 12th Annual Pond Skimming Contest

Saturday, March 19 @ 1:00-3:00 pm

Fly down the mountain and attempt to skim across the frigid “Lake Sipapu” without getting wet. Prized will be awarded.   Enjoy some cold ones with Sierra Nevada following the event. Beer specials and brewery swag from 4:00-6:00 pm.   sipapunm.com


Red River Pond Skim and “That’s A Wrap” for the 2015/2016 Ski Season

Sunday, March 20 @ 3:00 pm

Dare to cross the frosty makeshift pond at the base of Gold Rush Hill. Costumes and silly accessories are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded for Best Splash, Best Costume, Best Run, and Best Team Effort. redriverskiarea.com


Ski Santa Fe Slush Cup 2016

Saturday, April 2 @ Noon – 3:00 pm

Head to Totemoff’s Barr and Grill to witness this end-of-season annual spectacle, or participate and attempt to skim the pond. Win the Slush Cup designed by local art collective Meow Wolf. Costumes for skiers and riders are encouraged. Registration begins at 11 am.


Taos Ski Valley Pond Skimming Championships

Sunday, April 3 @ Noon – 4:00 pm

Compete to skim across an ice-cold, 80-foot pool using any means necessary. Costumes earn extra points. Start planning your strategy now (no motorized vehicles). skitaos.org

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