Lake Cushing pond skimming party is on at Squaw Valley

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 6, 2010 8:33 am

                                                                   20th Annual Lake Cushing Crossing – it’s ON!

North America’s original pond crossing is returning to Squaw Valley USA for the 20th consecutive season. Please note: Date is subject to change due to conditions. Call 530-583-6985 for updates.

Registration: 12pm on the KT Sundeck. $20 entry fee. Limited to 50 entries only.

Event: 2pm

Where: The Cushing Pond of course.

Squaw Valley was the first to host this type of pond skimming event and year after year it continues to grow in popularity. Many ski resorts have their go at pond skimming events, but none do it quite like Squaw Valley. Perhaps it is because the men and women at Squaw are a little more daring, a little more agile, and a little bit better on sticks. Or maybe, it’s because the Cushing Crossing is held on a real pond, rather than a tarp-lined ditch or kiddie pool.

Prizes are awarded in five divisions – men’s and women’s ski and snowboard divisions and the fifth, and often most amusing, the unlimited division. This last group of participants has been known to attempt the Cushing Crossing on beach chairs, old snowmobiles without engines and even a chair lift affixed to three snowboards.

Judging is based on style, grace, creativity, and of course, successfully crossing the lake. The grand prize is a 2010-11 Squaw Valley Bronze Season Pass, and $100 cash prize will be awarded to the winner of each class. The awards ceremony and deck party take place on the sun deck immediately following the event.

NEW Awards this year!

Skinny Skis Award: Goes to the skier who crosses the pond on skis narrower than 70mm and earns the most points. $100 cash prize.

The Most Creative Award: Goes to the pond skimmer who competes in the most creative costume and/or apparatus—successful crossing not required. $100 cash prize. 

2009 Results:

    * Overall Winner: 2 Men & a Baby
    * Men’s Ski: Fonzie
    * Men’s Snowboard: Houston
    * Women’s Snowboard: Octo-mom
    * Women’s Ski: Power Puff