The rules are simple: get down the slope as quickly as you can and preferably in the wackiest costume you can find, then do your best to sustain both verticality and forward momentum as you glide or skim across the surface of an ice-cold body of water.
Make it all the way across, and glory will be yours as you bask in the roars of the appreciative crowd. Fail to get enough speed, mistime your jump, or get slightly out of balance and there will be no mistaking the chill of failure. Either way, showmanship is key. The crowd can often determine your fate and sway the judges’ decisions in your favor. Do something truly unique and even a splashdown could be rewarded with victory!
Whether you’re going for ultimate glory as a competitor or choose to be a warmer, drier spectator, there’s nothing like the fun of pond skimming or enjoying one of those amazing bluebird days in New Mexico.
Pond Skim Events
Sipapu Ski & Summer Area – March 23
Skiers and boarders test their balance and bravery—and try to stay dry—as they race down the mountain and attempt to “skim” across lake Sipapu. Prizes awarded to the best finishers, including a Never Summer snowboard and Praxis skis, both featuring a colorful and awesome Sierra Nevada design.
Red River Ski & Summer Area – March 24
Join Red River Ski & Summer Area as they send off the ski season with their annual Pond Skim, an event you won’t want to miss!
Taos Ski Valley – April 7
Celebrate the end of the season by laughing until your sides hurt at this must see event. Competitors will use any means necessary to skim across a pool of ice cold water (best costume earns points). Each competitor will get two chances to show off their skills with plenty of opportunities to win prizes from Sierra Nevada, Never Summer, Smith and more.
Ski Santa Fe – April 13
Ski Santa Fe presents Slush Cup 2019 on Saturday, April 13! Test your Pond Skimming skills from noon – 3pm at Totemoff’s or just join us for the show with live music. Costumes are encouraged and registration is free. The “Winner” will receive a special Slush Cup Trophy. Grab your skis or board and come enjoy the final weekend of the 2018/2019 Ski Season with our closing weekend festivities and live music on the deck at Totemoff’s.