Thrills and spills at Northstar’s pond skimming event (photo slideshow) |

Thrills and spills at Northstar’s pond skimming event (photo slideshow)

Margaret Moran

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Seventy-five participants attempted to ski and ride their way across a pond Saturday morning at Northstar California — many of whom took a spill into the frigid water.

During the ski resort’s annual Spring It On celebration, adults and children used different techniques to try and cross the 38-degree pond water, which had ice floating in it and inflatable obstructions on top.

Many failed to make it across, garnering “oohs” and “ahhs” from the more than 100 people watching from the sidelines. However, a few did successfully cross the pond.

Adding to the festivities, many participants dressed up in fun and silly costumes, including Mr. Potato Head, an ape, the Abominable Snowman, Superwoman, a San Francisco Giants baseball player and a doctor.

Contestants were judged based on costumes, crossing style and wipeouts, with the emcee declaring everyone a winner at the end of the roughly hour-long event.

Up next, Squaw Valley will host its ultra-popular pond skimming event at 1 p.m. April 16 at Lake Cushing — the 26th annual Cushing Crossing. Visit to learn more.