Skimmers Aim to Stay Afloat April 18 at the 2010 World Pond Skimming Championships Presented By Rockstar at Spring Back to Vail

12 March 2010
  • Pond Skimming Champion Will Be Awarded Two Epic Passes for the 2010-2011 Winter Season
  • Registration Opens Monday, March 15, 2010
VAIL, Colo.—March 12, 2010—In its eighth year of rivalry, the World Pond Skimming Championships presented by Rockstar will close-out the Spring Back to Vail weeklong festival on Sunday, April 18, 2010 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak base area. Skimmers from around the world will test their buoyancy in attempt to become the 2010 World Pond Skimming Champion and win two 2010-2011 Epic Passes. Registration will open to the public online at www.springbacktovail.com on March 15 and is limited to a field of 75 participants; all participants must be at least 14 years old. The event will also include a free BBQ for all participants and guests courtesy of Vail Resorts.

A legendary element of Spring Back to Vail, the World Pond Skimming Championships presented by Rockstar is a can’t-miss event. The annual competition entails floatable (and sometimes sinkable) athletes launching themselves off an on-snow jump, into a 100-foot pond in attempt to successfully exit the pond on both feet. Competitors will vie for fame and glory in a showing that defies the laws of physics and perhaps even common sense. Judges will score each competitor on distance, style, creativity and water solubility. All eyes will be on the grand prize of two 2010-2011 Epic Passes and the elusive Golden Skimmer title.

“This year will be my fourth year competing,” said Vail resident Brad Ryan. “Anytime I can dress up in a ridiculous outfit, make people laugh and try to skim across a pond with thousands of people watching, you can guarantee I’m in. Winning a free pass EPIC pass wouldn't hurt either.”

Highlighting the Spring Back to Vail festivities, the World Pond Skimming Championships presented by Rockstar is open to brave souls who aren’t afraid of a little water. It is guaranteed to be a wet, wild and splashing good time for participants and spectators alike. Registration is $50 per person and is limited to a field of 75 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration, as well as detailed event information including rules is available at www.springbacktovail.com. Note that the event will sell-out quickly.

“Making the ESPN top 10 plays of the week was probably the best moment in my pond skimming career so far; I never thought I would beat out Kobe on Sports Center,” said Ryan. “But, as a whole, the competition is fun because it’s an on-going tradition with good friends and another great part of the closing weekend festivities.”

Promptly following the pond skimming event, American alternative rock band Guster will perform a free outdoor concert at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village starting at 4:30 p.m. Offering a one-of-a-kind sound through the combination of bongos, cymbals and other drums, Guster is known for their amazing live shows.

“I'm loving the fact that I get to ski Vail twice this year all under the auspices of "business!" said Guster’s guitarist and vocalist Adam Gardner. “It was a blast opening the season with Yukon Kornelius at Vail Snow Daze and I look forward to playing the last ski weekend with Guster!”

It’s all part of Spring Back to Vail, April 12-18, 2010. Other performing groups include Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Start on Friday, April 16 and Wycelf Jean and Robert Earl Keen on Saturday, April 17. A detailed schedule of events can be found on the Spring Back to Vail website at www.springbacktovail.com. Spring Back to Vail 2010 is rockin’ your way thanks to Vail Mountain, Bud Light, Town of Vail, Men’s Journal, Captain Morgan, Rockstar, and Skiing Magazine and is brought to you in part by Smith Optics, Macanudo, Néve Designs, Vail Daily, KZYR The Zephyr and TV8. The Reverb Eco Village is brought to you by IZSTYLE and Reverb.

Lodging packages start as low as $99 for one night, no restrictions. With the purchase of two nights lodging and lift tickets during Spring Back to Vail, guests can receive the third night’s stay and day’s lift ticket free. Package prices start at $112 per person, based on double occupancy in a standard room and can be booked by calling Vail Central Reservations at (800) 525-2257 or online at www.vail.com. Other restrictions may apply.

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About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, Heavenly Mountain Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and the Caribbean. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and the consumer website is www.snow.com.

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