Season winds to its close |

Season winds to its close

We’re down to the last of the season, with four resorts still keeping the bullwheels turning: Squaw, Alpine, Sugar Bowl and Mammoth.

Last weekend was a little too much of a good thing as the snow was sloshy by 10 a.m., thanks to the high temperatures. Alpine was uncrowded but sticky on Friday. Sugar Bowl was better on Saturday but Mount Judah was closed so it was Christmas Tree, Lincoln and Disney, all of which were nicely firm.

Lake Cushing Classic at Squaw

It was originally scheduled for April 29, but when Lake Cushing experts came out to survey the pond they said, “No way. It’s frozen solid.”

So the pond crossing got pushed back a week to Sunday. Once again, the experts came out and the verdict was, “No way. It’s still frozen solid.” Rumors circulated that a secret posse would venture out with chain saws in the middle of the night and bust through the ice. Those were only rumors and many were left wondering if the Lake Cushing Classic pond skimming event would ever happen.

Lake Tahoe’s original pond crossing, the Lake Cushing Classic will return to the icy waters of Lake Cushing on May 13.

Pond skimming is when a man, woman, or super hero attempts to cross a pond on some form of ski or snowboard equipment. The Cushing Classic is held on a real pond, rather than a tarp-lined ditch or kiddie pool.

The goal is to get enough speed down the snow ramp to make it to the opposite side of the lake without falling. Judging is based on style, grace, creativity, and of course, successfully crossing the lake.

Registration is at noon with the competition starting at 2 p.m. on the Sun Deck rotunda. The cost to participate is $15.

All entrants must have a life preserver and a helmet, and sign a liability release form. Participants are split into five classes: Men skiers, women skiers, men snowboarders, women snowboarders, and unlimited (competitors on creative contraptions). The grand prize is a next season Squaw Valley midweek season pass, and $100 cash prizes will be awarded to the winner of each class.


Sam Bauman can be contacted at or by calling (775) 881-1236.

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