11 Pond Skims and Spring Flings for April

Spring is here and that means ski areas across the state are gearing up for a host of fun parties and pond skims. See how far across the pond you can get or sit back and enjoy the sunshine with a cold brew after a day of skiing corn at one of these 10 awesome events.

April 6 | Slush Cup and Splash for Cash Pond Skim, Okemo

Costume-clad competitors are invited to skim across Okemo’s 80-foot-long, manmade slush pond in the Jackson Gore Base Area. Prizes will be awarded based on best costume, style, craziest run and best wipeout. Do you best to grab handfuls of cash suspended in the air over the pond (there’s a pretty sweet kicker at the start).

April 6 | Middlebury Ski Club Pond Skim, Middlebury Snow Bowl

Middlebury Ski Club hosts its first ever annual pond skim at the Middlebury Snow Bowl this Saturday. Registration starts at 10 a.m. and pond skim action runs from 1-4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Middlebury Ski Club. Expect food, music, costumes and a lot of fun.

April 6 | Pond Skimming, Sugarbush

Can you skim across the 120-foot pond? Awards for best costume, style and splash. Keep an eye out for annual competitor Wynn Smith. Stick around for the Wall of Fame Celebration in recognition of Sugarbush’s 60th season, plus fireworks at 8 p.m.

April 6 | Nor’Beaster Bud Light Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge, Killington

Amateur bumpers take to the slopes of Outer Limits to battle for a place in the finals. The top 32 men and 16 women will compete in a head-to-head competition for the Mogul Challenge Cup. Don’t miss the live music and after party!

April 6 | 9th Annual Pond Skimming and Chillin’ and Grillin’ Tailgate, Smugglers’ Notch

Elvis, a gorilla, guys in bikinis, you’ll see it all in the Zone Terrain Park during the pond skim. Prizes awarded for best costume. Expect great entertainment, but know this is a family-friendly event.

For food, enjoy the ultimate tailgate party at the end of the day with competitions for best setup and party planning.

April 13 | WinterWondergrass Sugar on Strings, Stratton

This outdoor concert is a celebration of all things bluegrass musics with bands like Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, The Kitchen Dwellers, Twisted Pine and more. Music in the base area is free to all. Check out the local brews and food.

April 13 | Nor’Beaster Bud Light Pond Skimming, Killington

Get your pond skim on with this competition featuring prizes for best overall skim, best costume, biggest splash, best 14 & under skim and the judges award. Be sure to catch life music from Super Stash Bros. after.

April 20 | Pond Skimming and Annual Pump House Beach Party, Jay Peak

Check out live music and fun at the Pump House Waterpark or try to make your way across the massive pond without falling in. Awards for best costume, best run, best bail and best splash.

April 27 | Annual Tailgate Party at Stateside, Jay Peak

Pack the cooler and bust out the lawn chairs for this annual cook-off and spring party. Compete for best dish, best presentation, best dessert and overall Tailgate champion. Don’t miss the after-party and free live music from Lazer Dad.

April 27 | Nor’Beaster Bud Light Triathlon, Killington

Ski, bike and run– that’s right— in this epic mountain triathlon. Course to be determined based on conditions.

May 1 | Nor’Beaster Bud Light May Day Slalom, Killington

Strut your stuff on hero snow in this super fun recreational slalom race.

Featured Photo Caption: A skier grabs some air with style at Killington’s Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge, coming up this weekend. Photo by Jerry Leblond. 

Abagael Giles

Abagael Giles is the Assistant Editor at Vermont Ski + Ride Magazine. She loves free-heel skiing and exploring her home state of Vermont–one ridgetop at a time. Find her on Twitter at @AbagaelGiles.