This is always a great way to finish the season at Squaw. I took a few photos until my camera battery died, so I dont have a lot of the later runs. The most memorable runs were: (1) the winning mens run- the firs time anyone did the crossing switch (i.e. backwards), that was pretty impressive. (2) the "racer" run where a guy went through race gates floating on water, (3) Jeremy Jones' run where he schooled everyone by making a couple of sweeping turns on the lake surface and then still managed to complete the crossing, (4) the "barbecue" run, where the guy crossed the lake with a smoking barbecue strapped to his chest and was throwing grilled sausages to the crowd. That particular run was my friends' dog favorite, because one of the sausages landed right next to him...
Also cudos to Amelia Richmond, Squaw' PR and marketing person who I think was the only one from the corporate office to don a silly costume and throw herself into the lake. She didn't have enough momentum and sank half way through, but she's got a lot of street cred for that (next year- Andy Wirth should do it, that would get him at least some mileage with the Squaw crowd).
A few pics from the day:
Its a long way to go across...
This dude billed himself as "extreme ironer" (he is ironing his shirt as he crosses the lake)
Scott Gaffney is about to wipe out on a pair of kids' snowboards
Robb Gaffney showing a young student how to do a water pizza. Note the perfect flex of the Blizzard flipcores!
The pirate sank a few feet before the shore and the parrot was floating in the water for a long time...
This was the winning women's run:
This was also the first year the Wildflour Cookie Monster made it across the lake. Cudios to Elija Sobel, (when he is not appearing as the Cookie Monster Eli is the Big Mountain team coach):
This was a pretty cool idea:
Overall, great fun, warm day, and a fitting end to the 2011-2012 Squaw Valley ski season.