2018 World Pond Skimming Championships

By Highline (other events)

Sunday, April 15 2018 3:00 PM 4:30 PM

Highlighting the Spring Back to Vail festivities, the World Pond Skimming Championships is open to anyone and everyone that believes they can make it across the pond. It is guaranteed to be a wet and wild good time! Participants must be 14 years of age and older. The top male and female finishers will receive a 2018/19 Epic Pass!

Registration opens Wednesday, March 14.  Skimmers from all parts of the globe are gathering floaties and flippers and making the annual migration to the Vail Valley. Many will compete for fame and glory, while others have their eye on the grand prize, “The Golden Skimmer.” They are the unsinkable athletes that will showcase their water solubility on Lake Golden Peak Sunday, April 15, from 3-4:30 p.m. in a showing that defies the laws of physics and perhaps even common sense.

Golden Peak 
SUNDAY, April 15

  • 12pm - Venue Opens including a BBQ and Spring Back to Vail Expo Village
  • 1pm - Bud Light Bags Tournament Begins
  • 3pm - World Pond Skimming Championships Begin

The festivities extend beyond the World Pond Skimming Championships! Check out for the full schedule of Spring Back to Vail Events.

Spring Back to Vail is presented by Vail Mountain, Bud Light, Pepsi, GMC, Verizon, Helly Hansen and Town of Vail, and brought to you in part by, Nature Valley, Vail Resorts Retail, Vail Racquet Club and Colorado Mountain Express.


We are adding some new prize categories this year! Bring your best and you could win some awesome prizes.

  • FIRST PLACE: 2018/2019 Epic Ski Pass | $50 gift card to Sundae | Helly Hansen Ullr Ski Fleece
  • BEST SNOWBOARDER: Weston Snowboard | Helly Hansen Ullr Ski Fleece
  • BEST COSTUME presented by Verizon: New Samsung S8 phone | VR Headset
  • SHOW STOPPER presented by Helly Hansen: Helly Hansen goodie bag

World Pond Skimming Championships Rules

  • All competitors are required to wear a CE certified ski/snowboard helmet.
  • Competitors who are legally intoxicated will not be allowed to take their run and will be disqualified.
  • Competitors may only use a single pair of snow skis or a single snowboard as a means to cross the pond.  No additional equipment or aid may be used (i.e. no water skis).  Zero points will be given in the distance category for using any skis wider than 11.5cm at mid-ski (waist).
  • No poles of any kind may be used.
  • Absolutely no inverted aerials into the pond. You will be immediately disqualified.
  • Absolutely no diving. You will be immediately disqualified.
  • No starting above the start line.
  • Only one participant may attempt crossing the pond at a time.
  • Competitors may only attempt a crossing when the pond is clear of all people, equipment, debris, etc. The starter will signal when the pond and course are clear and a participant may attempt a crossing. The starter has the absolute final say.
  • Do not try to ski/ride out the side of the pool.
  • Please exit only at the end of the pool.
  • If a competitor crashes before reaching the pond, they will be disqualified immediately (there will be no reruns).
  • If you are under 18, you must have a legal guardian present to sign the liability waiver

Registration will close at Saturday, April 14 at 5pm. Be sure to reserve your spot!