Watch: Pond skim contest helps Sunlight Mountain Resort faithful close out 2018-19 season
Sunlight Mountain capped a snow-filled season with a party to end all parties Sunday at the ski area outside of Glenwood Springs.
With another bluebird Colorado day on hand, skiers and riders flocked to the mountain for one last chance to get a few turns in before stowing the gear for the season.
Live music entertained the crowd on the deck, while they soaked up the near 60-degree temperatures that found their way into the mountain valleys of the Western Slope.
After a season filled with loads of the white stuff — Sunlight recorded over 200 inches of snow this season — what better way to end the year than a traditional pond skim competition.
After a three-year hiatus, the skim was back in a big way Sunday, with over 70 brave souls willing to try chilly waters near the base of the mountain.
At 80 feet long and 4 feet deep, it was daunting task for many.
One of the first few competitors to make it all the way across was Glenwood Springs resident Curtis Madden, who glided over the pond in style fit for the prom.
Donning a black sequined dress, he skimmed across the pond with the grace of the waltz.
Madden picked up the dress when the Glenwood Springs Library was offering free prom dresses.
“I’ve been looking for a reason to put it on, and the skim seemed like the right event to break it out,” Madden said.
“I’m really happy about making it across this year,” Madden added.
The last time Madden tried the pond skim, he came up a bit short.
“I did it four years ago, when it was 15 degrees, and they were chipping the ice away with a chisels,” he said.
Another competitor, Shane Spyker of Glenwood Springs, used the power of the mythical unicorn and a lot of speed to prance across the cool waters at Sunlight Mountain Sunday.
“I just knew I needed speed, so I used the entry jump to my advantage, and went straight across,” Spyker said. “I was happy not to be swimming in the water.”
Glenwood residents Chase and Wynter Corte couldn’t get enough of the pond skim action Sunday, but from the spectator side of things.
“This has been pretty entertaining,” Wynter Corte said. “The snow has been great this year.”
Added Chase, “I think it’s awesome, I was talking about doing it earlier, but I didn’t realize you had to sign up.
“This is our first last day of the season, we’ve been here for about four years, and we’ve had season passes every year,” he added.
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