World Pond Skimming Championships Presented by Red Bull Set to Close out the 2013-2014 Winter Season at Vail

13 March 2014
  • Registration opens online Saturday, March 15 at www.vail.com/springback
  • Participant registration must be completed online; no on-site registration is available
  • World Pond Skimming Championships presented by Red Bull will take place from 3-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 20
VAIL, Colo. – March 13, 2014 – The World Pond Skimming Championships presented by Red Bull return to Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak base area for the 12th year on Sunday, April 20, 2014. Skimmers from far and wide will gather in Vail to test their buoyancy on Lake Golden Peak for the chance at the title of 2014 World Pond Skimming Champion and the grand prize – an Epic Pass for the 2014-2015 season, a pair of Liberty Skis, and a Helly Hansen base layer.
 
The closing day tradition of donning costumes and skimming across icy water at the legendary World Pond Skimming Championships holds strong as 75 participants will careen themselves off a snow jump in the hopes of coming out on the other side on Sunday, April 20. The spectacle defies the laws of physics and common sense as a panel of highly-skilled judges scores each competitor on distance, style, creativity and water resistance. The contest gets underway at 3 p.m. and the Golden Peak venue opens at 1:30 p.m. for sponsor expos and giveaways. The top male and female competitors will each be awarded the grand prize.
 
Registration for this year’s World Pond Skimming Championships presented by Red Bull opens Saturday, March 15 at www.vail.com/springback and costs $75 per competitor. The field is limited to 75 participants ages 14 and older on a first-come, first-served basis. Each competitor will also receive a complimentary Helly Hansen HH Dry Baselayer to keep warm and dry following their Pond Skimming run.  Entries for this outrageous event sell out quickly each year, so those interested in participating are encouraged to register promptly. Registration to participate must be completed online prior to the event; no on-site registration will be available.
 
The World Pond Skimming Championships presented by Red Bull is a long-standing closing day tradition on Vail Mountain and is a well-loved part of the lineup of entertainment at Spring Back to Vail, the yearly festival to celebrate the conclusion of the skiing and riding season in Vail. It is guaranteed to be a wet, wild and wacky good time for participants and spectators alike. The schedule of entertainment for closing day on April 20 also includes a free concert from Steel Pulse at Solaris in Vail Village at 4 p.m.
 
For more information on the World Pond Skimming Championships presented by Red Bull, including rules and judging criteria, as well as the full Spring Back to Vail schedule visit www.vail.com/springback.
 
Spring Back to Vail 2014 Schedule
 
Friday, April 11       
  • Spring Back to Vail Expo Village at Mountain Plaza at the base of Gondola One; 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with opener Dirty Dozen Brass Band presented by Pepsi at Solaris. Venue opens at 6 p.m.; music begins at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 12
  • Spring Back to Vail Expo Village at Mountain Plaza at the base of Gondola One; 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • STS9 with opener The Polish Ambassador presented by Bud Light at Ford Park. Venue opens at 6 p.m.; music begins at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 13
  • Spring Back to Vail Expo Village at Mountain Plaza at the base of Gondola One; 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 20
  • Spring Back to Vail Expo Village at Mountain Plaza at the base of Gondola One; 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • World Pond Skimming Championships presented by Red Bull beginning at 3 p.m.
  • Steel Pulse with opener Bonfire Dub at Solaris. Venue opens at 4 p.m.; music begins at 4:30 p.m.
Spring Back to Vail is presented by Vail Mountain, Pepsi, Bud Light, Sprint, Helly Hansen, GoPro, SmartWool, and Town of Vail and brought to you in part by Liberty Skis and Gatorade.
 
For more information on Spring Back to Vail visit www.SpringBackToVail.com. For more information about Vail Mountain visit www.vail.com or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).
About Vail Mountain
Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been an extraordinary winter vacation destination for passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. It is home to world-class athletes during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the future 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, friends and families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth. www.vail.com.  

About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. 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 consumer website is www.snow.com.

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