The Original Pond Skim – Cushing Crossing Returns to Squaw Valley, CA this Weekend

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Sick footage, bro… Credit: Tom Zikas/Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

This weekend, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA will once again host the annual Cushing Crossing pond skim, one of their signature spring events that draws huge crowds, outrageous costumes and hilarious antics, all in the name of Spring Skiing fun.

This year marks the 29th year of the Cushing Crossing, said to be the original pond skimming event that started what is now a spring ritual at ski resorts all across the country. Pond skimming is a contest where contestants attempt to ski across a body of water—in Squaw Valley’s case the natural Cushing Pond, rather than a manmade trough—and make it to the other side unscathed. Guests wait all year for this event, which is truly a fan-favorite.

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USA. USA. Credit: Tom Zikas/Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

This year, 60 contestants will vie for a chance at pond skim glory, along with some amazing prizes from YETI, Oakley, and Smartwool. The overall winner will take home a 2019-20 Ikon Pass. Registration is first come first serve, and a unique part of this event is that it pits everyday skiers and riders against elite athletes, but truly anyone has a chance to win.

Former Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley will MC the event, and the judge’s panel will include some of the biggest names in the ski and snowboard world: Elyse Saugstad, Sammy Luebke, Keely Cashman, and AJ Hurt, along with local celebrities Sherry McConkey and JD Hoss.

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See, pigs can fly… Credit: Tom Zikas/Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

If you can’t make it in person, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will be live streaming the event on their Facebook page with better than ever footage, including three camera angles, and improved streaming quality.

The Cushing Crossing will be held on Saturday, May 4, registration begins at 8 a.m. and the event kicks off at 1 p.m.

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