Pond Skim: Mammoth Spring Fling

Costumed boarders'll ski from snow straight onto water at this rite of April.

BEGINNING ANY STORY... about Mammoth Mountain in the springtime of 2017 without making mention of the loads and loads (and loads) of snow that the ski destination received over the past winter? It can't be done, nor should it be done, for the Sierra play place was on the receiving end of an epic amount of cold, frosty stuff. As of April 18, Mammoth had sailed over the 600" mark for the season (measured at the Main Lodge), meaning this winter will be one that skiers talk about, well, forever and always. But the the snowfall amount isn't the only topic that's sure to set chins wagging up at the resort in the coming days. It's also time for the Mammoth Mountain Pond Skim, a wacky rite of spring that brings an assortment of high jinks to the higher elevation spot. 

WHAT'S A POND SKIM? It's a pretty descriptive name, but if you desire a tad more clarification, picture a boarder, in costume, heading down a sloped hill and straight onto a lengthy body of water, where skimming for some length will then be attempted (before both board and board sink into the drink). This annual to-do typically arrives just ahead of May, when balmier temps reign, or at least balmier for a snowy peak, and the 2017 Pond Skim will follow this tradition. It happens on...

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, and the "...first 50 competitors in costume will get a coveted spot in the 2017 skim." That's right: No quirky duds, no entering the skim-fun showdown. But the fun doesn't end at the pond: An after-party follows at Canyon Beach Bar. Can't compete, can't even make it, but want to see the action? Check out a past year now...

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