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Weekend of Competitive Fun at HV

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By Alicia Dziak

Speed down the slope and into an icy cold pond this weekend at Holiday Valley’s annual Pond Skimming event!

On Saturday, March 19, you too can be part of this fun event that brings the true blue competitors to the slopes, vying for top honors of Best Skimmer, Best Costume, Best Kid and Best Splash.

Feeling adventurous? Sign up to compete. Register outside Yodeler Lodge starting at 11 a.m. for $5. (Kids under 18 must have a parent’s signature, minimum age is 8 years old.) All participants get a one-day pool pass for the Holiday Valley summer pool complex.

Prefer to enjoy the event as a spectator? No problem! A crowd is welcome, but don’t be surprised if you get splashed. Pond Skimming starts at 1 p.m.

Wondering where the pond came from? The pond is created from the huge mound of snow used for last weekend’s Winter Carnival Snobar. A Snowcat digs the hole, which is then covered with a tarp and the snowmaking system is used to fill it up. Since the water is very cold to begin with, and surrounded by snow, the end result is an extra-chilly makeshift pond, perfect for challenging those daredevils as they head down the hill on skis and skim across.

If it’s even more fun you’re after, sidle up to the mini-snowbar and enjoy drink specials, a barbeque and great music.

Winter may be coming to an end, but the fun at Holiday Valley is still going strong. Yodeler Lodge is where it’s at this Saturday— the fun begins early and ends late. Don’t miss it!

Want to extend the weekend with even more competitive fun? On Sunday, March 20, transition into competitive spring skiing with the Northwind Super-G, a race down the green-circle Northwind Trail. Register at the Training Center for $5 per racer. Training runs from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Rangers race at 11 a.m., followed by everyone else at 12:30 p.m.

For more info, visit www.holidayvalley.com.

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