The World Pond Skimming Championships are a highlight event of the annual Spring Back to Vail festivities that close out the winter season. Usually occurring each year in April, the World Pond Skimming Championships are held in the base area of Vail Mountain's Golden Peak. With skis or a snowboard attached to their feet, pond skimming participants glide down a slippery slide that ends in a large pool of cool water. The length of the skim across the water's surface is measured, and winners get prizes for skimming the greatest distance before falling into the pool. Participants often opt to wear fun costumes, which makes the atmosphere festive for all involved, skimmers and on-lookers alike.
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