There’s no better way to celebrate the end of ski season and usher in spring than by attending Whitefish Mountain Resort’s annual pond skimming event, in which costume-clad skiers and snowboarders compete for prizes and bragging rights by crashing and splashing across a frigid pool of water.

If you don’t have the resolve to skim like a Jesus Lizard across the 80-foot pond, the event, scheduled for April 5, is perfect for spectators of all ages to gather along the base of Big Mountain and cheer. The competition is limited to participants over 21.

Competitors are required to ski or snowboard down an approach that varies in distance as the event advances. The most successful skimmers learn how to harness their momentum to attempt crossing the pond, even as the approach is truncated.

The event is judged individually based on the longest skim. After each round, the starting line is moved lower down the slope making it more difficult to gain speed to make it over the pond. Keep an eye out during the first round for some of the best crashes.

Participants should gather at 1:45 p.m. with the event starting at 2:30 p.m. Awards are given out 30 minutes after the final skim and include best costume, best crash and longest skim.

Visit for details.