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How to pond skim?

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
My local mountain is holding it's annual "Suds & Slopes" contest. After 20+ years of skiing, I've finally decided to attempt pond skimming (mostly because my wife dared me: ).

Any pointers would be appreciated, especially from people who've succesfully done it.
post #2 of 28
Keep your skis together (larger base area like a water ski) & keep your weight on your tails . Do not lean back too far or you slow down too much. Just sort of pressure your tails and have your feet a few inches out in front of where you regularly have them when skiing.

Oh yeah, bring a towel the first time you try it.
post #3 of 28
Fat skis.
post #4 of 28
You should "JB weld" a skeg on the bottom of each ski's tail too!
post #5 of 28
Outrageous outfits and wigs

Let em know you know its all for fun.
post #6 of 28
Two words: Don't. wear. pants.
post #7 of 28
Same thing here, altough I already know of the don't wear pants rules (I'll be wearing a thong along with a hockey mask).
post #8 of 28
5 or 6 shots of Wild Turkey beforehand should help dull the stinging sensation your skin will feel after you exit the pond soaking wet.
post #9 of 28
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Rio View Post
5 or 6 shots of Wild Turkey beforehand should help dull the stinging sensation your skin will feel after you exit the pond soaking wet.

This is both what I was thinking, and hoping to avoid.:

I'm not so concerned that injury will ensue, but rather put off by the idea of being soaking wet.

What I was hoping for was that others who've done it can give me some tips and either confirm, or deny, my expectation that a fairly accomplished skier should expect to make it the first time.
post #10 of 28
There was a pretty good thread on TGR last spring about the Squaw Valley pond skimming. A worthwhile read if you are contemplating the strategy....um, this is NOT the result you were probably looking for.

post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by HudsonHacker View Post
Keep your skis together (larger base area like a water ski) & keep your weight on your tails . Do not lean back too far or you slow down too much. Just sort of pressure your tails and have your feet a few inches out in front of where you regularly have them when skiing.

Oh yeah, bring a towel the first time you try it.
Just do this:



Other shots from last year's Squaw Cushing Crossing are posted at http://cowper.smugmug.com/gallery/1493640, including a shot of my then 14 year old sinking in the middle of the pond, held up by his fluorescent one piece.
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post #13 of 28
Here's former PSIA demo team member Sean Warman making it across a spring slush cup pond.

post #14 of 28
We have a pond jump at Canaan Valley, no one ever makes it far... not to mention the pond is about 100-150ft long... and there is a jump leading into it... you can skim a bit, but not much... I have a sweet action pic of a snowboarding going in... I'll post it in a minute
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post #16 of 28
Most of my other shots are blurry or totally missed the target.... I was in a bad spot, though... Had to base my timing on the crowd cheering... I couldn't see the skier/boarder/etc. until they were about 10 ft from the jump.
post #17 of 28
With speed and good balance, skimming is a breeze. Our set up consists of two ponds inline. The first is to be skimmed, the second can also be skimmed (although you lost most of your speed on the 1st pond) or it has a kicker. I opt for the kicker to give the crowd the best air or carnage...whichever comes first.

Getting wet the first time is not bad at all. The 2nd and 3rd times are painful. Lots of alcohol helps, both before and after.
post #18 of 28
I would use an old pair of boots you have them, make sure you pull the liners to dry the out after the fact...
post #19 of 28
Rental boots....
post #20 of 28
I've always made it...even the first time.

my advice: dont do anything different from skiing straight on the flats.

if you REALLY believe that its going to behave like show then it will.

i tuck it right to the lip and then stand up a bit but stay crouched the whole time so the wind dont slow me down too much. and i dont pressure my shins or the back of my boots. just stay centered with your skis about your hips width apart.

i always do it on my regular skis that are narrow under boot (northeast skiier) and i dont see how a wider ski would really help. either your skimming across the surface or your sinking fast. i dont see the middle ground where wide skis will really save you.

you should throw on some paste wax or something before hand so that your skiis aren't too slow.
post #21 of 28
Make sure to wax the night before so you're not losing speed on the inrun. Get some massivly fat, and massivly long skis, a ton of speed, and keep your feet shoulder width apart.
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by 740weapon View Post
I've always made it...even the first time.

my advice: dont do anything different from skiing straight on the flats.
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Unless you're at Sugarbush.

When I attempted it there the first person made it across so they moved the starting line down the hill closer to the pond. They continued to lower the starting line until after the 10th skier no one else made it across. I was the 15th skier to try.
post #23 of 28
Every season on the May 21st weekend (yes, I said May 21st), Sunshine Village in Alberta holds its annual Slush Cup. What makes their event tricky is that the launch ramp is about seven feet higher than the water, so you need to land it perfectly or else it's KABLAM!!!

I took a look at some video from last years event (only 3 guys made it across) to see what they did right and what the others did wrong. The guys who were on their tails ended up on their backs in a big hurry. The guys that were balanced were the ones that made it across. It looked as though legs together was part of the secret too.

I ripped a few highlights from the video so you can see for yourself. The three guys that made it are at the end... the "entertainment" is at the beginning. It's about 11 megs so it will take a few moments to download (the complete video is over 40 MB, so I'm not going to waste the bandwidth on my hosting server).

Enjoy

2006 Sunshine Village Slush Cup
post #24 of 28
Nice video exracer! I noticed the AK Rocket Swallowtails rule this event.

Gee, I have some of those!
post #25 of 28

how to... with class

step 1: guzzle a **** load of beer...
step 2: Take off all of your clothes...
step 3: get in a serious tuck.
step 4: make sure you lean forward when you hit the water.

As you are shivering in the water remember - this is a blast!

asland
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by asland View Post
step 1: guzzle a **** load of beer...
step 2: Take off all of your clothes...
step 3: get in a serious tuck.
step 4: make sure you lean forward when you hit the water.

As you are shivering in the water remember - this is a blast!

asland
And remember to inform the ladies about "shrinkage". :
post #27 of 28
Gotta admit that I've never tried pond skimming and don't really see it in my future, for now anyway, but this month's edition of SKI magazine has a "how to" article on pond skimming.
post #28 of 28
The key is not stopping. Ever.
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