Pond skimming, costumes close out Vail season | AspenTimes.com

Pond skimming, costumes close out Vail season

VAIL – It seems like just yesterday that Vail and Beaver Creek were gearing up for a season everyone hoped would be as snowy as the previous two – and even though Mother Nature didn’t live up to our expectations this year, those who love to ski and ride can still look back on yet another great season.

For people like Jimmy Vonesh, who moved to the valley from Washington to be a ski patroller at Beaver Creek this year, the season was good enough to make him want to come back again next year.

Daniel Haber, who moved to the valley from New Orleans for the season, said he’s had a blast every day on the mountain this year. He said he skied Vail about twice as often as Beaver Creek and absolutely loved both mountains.

“It was my first season out here – it was incredible,” Haber said.

Vail Mountain’s Closing Day party is one of the best parties of the year – everyone dresses up in retro ski wear and funny costumes and celebrates the reason why we’re all here. Over the years, some parties have been wilder than others, but Vail Mountain officials hope this season’s Closing Day parties are tame enough to keep the party going next year.

Things are a little different this year, as Vail scheduled the World Pond Skimming Championships on Closing Day, rather than the day before as in the past. The purpose was to disperse the crowds a little bit so officials could get a better handle on the partying, but it has many people just planning their schedules more carefully so they can fit it all in.

Brad Ryan, of Vail, said he was going to register for pond skimming as early as possible so he could get his run out of the way and get to the Chair 4 at 4 party. He was getting ready to ski at Vail on Saturday with his 1960s ski outfit on already – why not start a day early.

“This is what spring skiing is all about,” Ryan said.

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