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More springtime fun: Spring skiing at Jay Peak & pond skimming!

Posted Friday, March 29, 2013
— Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Spring skiing, Killington, Sugarbush, Bolton Valley, Burke, Okemo
Spring skiing at Jay Peak

Great turns in the glades at Jay Peak Resort, Vermont.

Had a great spring skiing day at Jay Peak today. The snow was soft and plentiful, and the weather turned out to be much better than predicted! We enjoyed a mix of sun, snowflakes and clouds.

We skied in the glades as much as possible and we weren't disappointed. There was plenty of snow and bumps, and much fewer people to avoid than on the trails. Jay has a broad selection of tree runs — from Timbuktu off the Jet Triple Chair all the way to Beaver Pond Glades off the Green Mountain Flyer.

The snow was soft to start and really got creamy as the day went on. It was a terrific spring skiing day. Check out the photos from our day at Jay Peak!

Jay Peak Resort at a Glance

Summit elevation: 3,968 feet
Vertical drop: 2,153 feet
Trails: 77 trails, glades and chutes
   40% advanced
   40% intermediate
   20% novice
Lifts: 9 (60-person aerial tram; 1 detachable quad; 3 fixed-grip quads; 1 double; 1 triple; 2 moving carpets)
Terrain parks: 3
Skiable acres: 385+

Pond Skimming in Vermont

Updated 4/1

Have the need to skip yourself across a pond (or more likely into a pond) while strapped into your ski gear? Here are some places where you can do it.

March 30 at Sugarbush

The “oldest continually running pond skimming event in the country.” Dive right into spring in your craziest costume. Registration from 9 - 11 a.m. in the Gate House Cafeteria. Limited to the first 100 competitors. Admission is $20 for participants.

March 30 at Bolton Valley

The entry fee is $5 per skimmer. Registration starts at 10 a.m.; skimming starts at 1 p.m. You must have a lift ticket or season pass to enter. Skimmers may only use skis or boards to attempt to skim the pond, sorry no sleds, jack jumpers or anything else that is not a pair of skis or snowboard. Bolton Valley rental or lease equipment may not be used to skim the pond. All skimmers will go in bib order.  

April 6 at Okemo

The goal of Okemo’s annual Slush Cup is to ski or snowboard down a trail and skim across an 80-foot-long slush pond without falling into it. It's a chilly spring dip for those who don't make it. The competition is open to the first 150 participants; entry fee is $20. Prizes awarded in several categories: best costume, driest, best wipeout, etc. Registration from 8 to 10 a.m. and the pond skimming starts at 11 a.m. 

April 6 at Burke Mountain

Fifty brave contestants skim a manmade pond. Prizes are awarded to the King & Queen of the Pond, best costume(s), best splash, best wet looks, best exit and more! Registration opens at 9 a.m. and is limited to the first 50 people. Competition starts at 1 p.m. $25 registration fee. 

April 6 at Smugglers' Notch


Pond skimming takes place in the Zone Terrain Park at noon. The event is free. Registration starts at 10 a.m. in the base lodge. Prizes awarded for best costume.

April 20 at Killington

The bravest (and craziest) skiers and riders will put their skills to the test as they attempt to sail across the pond. Competitors will be judged on skim, costume, splash and crowd cheer. Whether you choose to skim or spectate, make sure you catch this wacky event.

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