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Cushing Classic Craziness

Paul Raymore
Sierra Sun
Photo by Ryan Salm/Sierra SunEven though his outfit doesn't stay on, Jason Kosich wins the Lake Cushing Classic.
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Someone upstairs in charge of the weather must enjoy watching local folks in silly costumes attempt the perilous crossing of Squaw Valley’s Lake Cushing, because last Saturday the sun was out and so were the crowds for one of the wackiest annual pond crossing events around ” the Lake Cushing Classic.

This year, 50 costumed contestants lined up above Lake Cushing for their chance at glory and a 2005/06 Squaw Valley midweek season pass, as well as cash prizes and, of course, the crowd’s adulation.

Those with enough speed and proper technique were met with cheers from the crowd and high scores from the judges, while those lacking in either found themselves shivering in the icy waters of Lake Cushing, attempting to dodge the snowballs thrown from the sidelines.

Judging was based on creativity, style and successfully crossing the pond, and when the wakes had settled on Lake Cushing, a three-way tie for first place necessitated a run-off between snowboarder Jason Kosich, tandem-skiers Robb and Scott Gaffney and skier Charlie Berg.

In the end, Kosich, his inflatable pony costume and impressive style on the water impressed the judges and crowd enough to take home the midweek pass and title of overall winner.

But while the those who successfully made it across the lake made the winner’s circle, it was those whose attempts ended with spectacular wipeouts, including yours truly on my trusty snow scooter, who provided the hilarity of the day.

For complete results of the 2005 Lake Cushing Classic, see Squaw Valley’s Web site at http://www.squaw.com.omeone upstairs in charge of the weather must enjoy watching local folks in silly costumes attempt the perilous crossing of Squaw Valley’s Lake Cushing, because last Saturday the sun was out and so were the crowds for one of the wackiest annual pond crossing events around ” the Lake Cushing Classic.

This year, 50 costumed contestants lined up above Lake Cushing for their chance at glory and a 2005/06 Squaw Valley midweek season pass, as well as cash prizes and, of course, the crowd’s adulation.

Those with enough speed and proper technique were met with cheers from the crowd and high scores from the judges, while those lacking in either found themselves shivering in the icy waters of Lake Cushing, attempting to dodge the snowballs thrown from the sidelines.

Judging was based on creativity, style and successfully crossing the pond, and when the wakes had settled on Lake Cushing, a three-way tie for first place necessitated a run-off between snowboarder Jason Kosich, tandem-skiers Robb and Scott Gaffney and skier Charlie Berg.

In the end, Kosich, his inflatable pony costume and impressive style on the water impressed the judges and crowd enough to take home the midweek pass and title of overall winner.

But while the those who successfully made it across the lake made the winner’s circle, it was those whose attempts ended with spectacular wipeouts, including yours truly on my trusty snow scooter, who provided the hilarity of the day.

For complete results of the 2005 Lake Cushing Classic, see Squaw Valley’s Web site at http://www.squaw.com.


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