Annual Pond Skim today at Seven Springs

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Once upon a time the pond skim at Seven Springs was held on the last final Saturday of the snow sports season.

Not this season.

The resort plans to be open next weekend, too.

The 12th Annual Pond Skim, during in which costumed skiers and snowboarders attempt to successfully cross two frigid ponds, begins at 11 a.m. today. (03/22)

Who would dare to try something like that?

And why?

Participants decked out as Batman and Robin, Superman, Captain Marvel, theGreen Hornet, the Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman and other comic book heroes and heroines have given it a go in years past.

And the Duck Dynasty daredevils, complete with duck calls and a duck decoy, delighted the cheering and jeering spectators gathered last a year ago on the deck outside the Foggy Goggle.

Best Skim, Best Costume and Best Splash will win 2014-2015 season passes valued at $489. Second-place finishers will receive 2014-2015 midweek season passes worth $289.

Mikey and Big Bob from the 96.1 FM Kiss “Morning Freak Show” will emcee the event. Ski patrol director Dick Barron, Ashlie Hardway and Ray Petelin of WTAE and Rob Johnston of WPXI will be the judges.

Have your cameras ready and don’t get too close to the action. Some splashes are bigger than others.

Snow flurries greeted guests at Seven Springs on the first day of spring. Its base yesterday Thursday ranged in depth from 28 inches to-44 inches, thanks to 134 inches of natural snow that has fallen since late November and tons of machine-made snow.

The slopes, trails and terrain parks plan are expected to be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. next week, but double-check at www.7springs.com or 1-800-452-2223.

March Madness

March Madness is underway at Blue Knob with reduced rates on weekday

weekend lift tickets (adults $25/$40, juniors and members of the military $20/$40), complete rental packages (skis $25, snowboards $35) and a 40-percent discount on condo rentals.

The resort will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today (03/22)and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrowSunday. If snow conditions permit, Blue Knob will reopen next weekend.

Information: www.blueknob.com or 1-814-239-5111.

Ten-hut!

With the exception of Monday, (03/24) Wisp’s popular Military March Promotion allows military personnel to save up to 25 percent on lift tickets, rental equipment, lessons and snowtubing.

Its Adventure Park will offer money-saving discounts on Wednesday (03/26) with $10 snowtubing from 4 p.m. to -8 p.m. or the Adventure Combo Package — snowtubing, ice skating and a mountain coaster ride for $24.

Information: www.wispresort.com.

Ambassador of the Year

Scott Kolts (CQ) took 14 children and adults for beginner lessons at Paoli Peaks, a family- oriented ski

snowboard area near North Paoli, INInd., a recruitment effort that won him the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month/Bring a Friend Ambassador of the Year Award.

Kolts of Dahlgren, IL Ill., won a four-day trip for two to Utah, compliments of Ski Utah; a pair of skis from Head Wintersports; a 2014-2015 season pass to Paoli Peaks, a jacket from The (CQ) North Face, a pair of Heatwave gloves from Seirus (CQ) and a pair of high-tech socks from Falke (CQ) USA.

The award is sponsored by the National Ski Areas Association, the Professional Ski Instructors of America, the American Association of Snowboard Instructors, the National Ski Patrol, SnowSports (CQ) Industries America, state and regional resort associations and the snow sports media.

Pass-holder parties

Hidden Valley will be the host of its annual Appreciation Party for its 2013-2014 season pass-holders from 2 p.m. to -6 p.m. tomorrow (03/23) Sunday with “giveaways, hors d’oeuvres, games and more.”

Seven Springs will do the same for its pass-holders from 2 p.m. to -6 p.m. March 30 in the Grand Ballroom.

Larry Walsh writes about recreational snow sports for the Post-Gazette.


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