Closing Weekend Celebration at Big Sky Resort with Spills and Thrills3/30/10
BIG SKY, Mont. — It’s that time of year again: when the sun comes out and the season draws to a close, you know it means the Spring Run-Off at Big Sky Resort. This Saturday, April 10, for the seventh year running, Big Sky is hosting its annual pond skim, one of the most exciting and entertaining events of the season, along with a whole host of activities to celebrate the end of another successful winter.
The aim of the game is to ski or snowboard down the slope, then tackle the trickier terrain of the icy, cold water. Some skim across as easily as if it were light fluffy powder, others find it a little harder to navigate and succumb to the chilly waters. The acrobatics can be truly astounding; in previous years the event has seen nose dives, flips, cartwheels or just huge dive bombs creating tidal waves across the entire pond.
What makes it even more entertaining is that the skimmers and swimmers do not just stick to regular ski attire. Crazy costumes abound; in the past, clowns, scuba divers, bears and Borats have entered, along with a generous helping of people sporting capes, grass skirts and other amusing accessories. Some brave participants even decide that as they will probably end up swimming in the icy run-off, then swimwear, and swimwear only, seems the most appropriate thing to wear down the ski slope.
The event is takes place at the base of Ambush, is free to watch and proves to be one of the most popular of the season. Whilst audience participation is not required, any daring spectators who venture too close may find themselves unwillingly included in the ‘swimming’ aspect of the pond skim, as they are doused with water when it sprays over the side. The screams of the splashed and the cheers for successful participants all add to the festive atmosphere.
Prospective skimmers and swimmers are required to register and sign a waiver prior to the event. The entry fee is $20 and includes a Big Sky logo gift. Registrants under 18 years old will require a guardian's signature. Registration will be from 11-1 pm at the Summit Clock Tower; space is limited so sign up early.
The pond skim is the highlight of a whole day of festivities to mark the closing weekend of the winter season. Children’s activities will be available in the plaza, with live music from DJ Joe all afternoon. This year the pond skim event has been moved to the later time of 4p.m., since the switch to daylight savings time allows skiers and boarders to stay on the slopes for an extra hour until 5p.m. with Sunset Saturdays. Once the event is over, the party continues with the band The Cropdusters on the plaza.
“After another fantastic winter season, it’s always fun to end with a bang,” says Dax Schieffer, Director of Big Sky Resort Public Relations. “The pond skim is great as it appeals to people of all ages, whether they ski or not, to ensure that everyone enjoys the last weekend that Big Sky is open.”
Call 1-800-548-4486 or visit www.bigskyresort.com for details or to check out all the closing weekend lodging specials.Back To Press Release Archive