The morning after the meeting with SMR I started driving to Colorado. I arrived in Broomfield, CO two days later, just in time for a going away party for Tony and Lisa, who are leaving the Boulder area and heading for Utah. I snuck out of the party around 10pm to drive up to Summit County. The following morning I met up with Keith, Edyn, and Graham (KEG) for a day of shenanigans at Vail during their last ski day of the year. We skied for a few hours in the morning before KEG got costumed up and headed out to compete in the National (World?) Pond Skimming Championships.
I had seen similar events in ski movies over the years, but it was something else to witness an event like this first hand. Aside from a truly horrible announcer, the event was incredible in the best way. Contestants picked up as much speed racing down the hill towards a jump that marked the beginning of a 100-foot-long pond. Five of the 100ish participants made it across. Most flailed and splashed miserably.