|Spring skiing on the "White Ribbon of Death"|
Fast forward to Memorial Day weekend 2018. Kim and I journeyed to Mt Bachelor to once again partake in season-ending festivities . Unlike the snowy winter-spring of 2017, we discovered the warm, dry weather of April and May had nearly decimated the mountain's snowpack. Instead of massive mounds of the white stuff, we found a narrow band of snow covering most of the higher runs. It was just barely enough to ski on. Talk about the "white ribbon of death!" (I thought that only happened in early season)
|We ran into Dolly Parton!|
Nonetheless, Kim and I were here to celebrate the end of another fine ski season, and we weren't about to let lack of snow stop us. We rode the lift up, and began sliding down a slope of slushy spring corn, already warmed by the morning sun. It's a tradition for some folks to dress in crazy costumes on the last day, and right away we ran into a man dressed as Dolly Parton. (His boobs were bigger than most women's! Ha!)
|Kim enjoying the snow|
Despite the narrow snowfields, slushy conditions, and crazily-dressed people, Kim and I got in a solid dozen runs before another activity stole our attention......
|Time to watch the pond skim!|
It was time to watch the pond skim!
|View from above|
For those of you new to my blog, a pond skim is a contest where skiers and snowboarders slide down a steep slope into a large body of water. The object is to hit the water at the proper angle and velocity so that the skis (or snowboard) skim across the entire pond.
Easier said than done! From our vantage point, we witnessed many wipeouts.
|Contestants walking back up to try again|
Of course the crashes were the best part! That and the crazy costumes most of the contestants we wearing.
|This guy made it|
A panel of judges sat on the sidelines. Contestants were evaluated on their performance (but I've yet to figure out how the scoring system worked).
I think wearing a creative costume garnered a few bonus points. I liked this Scottish skimmer.
Of course, contestants weren't the only ones who dressed up for the occasion. We ran into quite a few folks who used the last day of the season as an excuse to don crazy outfits.
|We found Waldo!|
We even found Waldo!
After watching the show from high above, Kim and I ditched our ski gear at the car and found a place poolside. A much better location to view the action.
|This doesn't look good|
And a great place to capture the daring (or crazy) riders with my camera.
These two young guys rode on one pair of skis - and they made it all the way across!
|The superhero makes it|
Here's a guy dressed as a superhero (not sure which one). His superpowers must have been working because he successfully crossed the pond.
|A new way to waterski|
There were lots of young kids partaking in the skimming. I was a little surprised their mothers allowed them to participate. One young lady, after being fished out of the water, remarked to the audience "Don't tell my mom!"
And if screaming full speed down a steep slope into a pond wasn't crazy enough - a couple of guys did it backwards!
|One of the better wipeouts|
Not all were successful. This was one of the best crashes caught with my camera.
In between riders, the spectators provided great entertainment.
|Parting the water|
|This lady was squirting the spectators|
One lady came roaring down on a snowboard brandishing a huge squirt gun. As her board hit the water, she let loose and drenched the audience.
|But she ended up on the sidelines|
She didn't quite make it across, landing on the sidelines.
But as you can tell by her smile, she still had a good time.
|A jump at the end|
This was a very unusual sight - a contestant in normal ski wear! This guy did a little jump as he exited the pond.
Here comes Unicorn man. His friend was sliding behind, filming him as he hit the water. Unfortunately, both guys sank. The cameraman threw his camera onto the shore at the last minute. It might have saved the camera from water damage, but I don't know if it survived the impact.
|Fishing out a lost ski...|
Of course, Mt Bachelor provided several guys with long poles to fish people and lost skis out of the drink.
|And an unsuccessful skimmer|
This guy looks like a drowned rat! The crazy thing is, a lot of these people headed back up the hill, wet costume and all, to try again.
|The abominable snowman!|
One of my favorite costumes from last year, the abominable snowman, was back again for another try. Sadly he sank again....
So ends another ski season. Goodbye, Mt Bachelor! See you next winter. And see you next spring for another thrilling pond skim.