Take A Walk, No, Make That A Skim, On The Wild Side!

Come be a superhero or whatever you want to be, in or out of costume, for the day!

Superheroes, Gorilla Costumes, and more...

What do all the following have in common? 

Airplane Arms

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The Flying Monkey

The Powder Wedge

The Gorilla

The Backflip

The Backslap

The Selfie

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Well, if you’ve ever participated in a pond skim contest, you’ll know the answer right off. These are the lexicon of pond skimming. That's right, these are the high-flying, aerial maneuvers which transform Alpine skiers, snowboarders and snow bikers into Springtime pond skimmers the world over. They love to attempt as these gravity-defying feats by building speed and jumping sky-high in efforts to skim across a pond's surface to get to the other side without sinking. Think it's easy? Think again. Some make it, others don’t. All have a ball trying to get to the other side—even those who come crashing down into the icy waters of the local ski-area pond built just for such an occasion. Plenty come out just to watch the wacky activities and enjoy the zaniness of the day!  You can, too.

Don’t miss this year’s Dartmouth Skiway 3rd Annual Pond Skim to benefit the Special Olympics. It’s hosted by the Skiway and organized by the Dartmouth Ski Patrol. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

The Dartmouth Ski Patrol has set Saturday, March 30 (March 31 rain date) from 10 am – 2 pm as the time for its 2019, 3rd annual pond skim, much to the great amusement and delight of Upper Valley skiers, boarders, and pond-skimming-spectators of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Proceeds from this year’s pond skim will benefit Special Olympics New Hampshire whose mission it is “to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.” See: http://sonh.org/about-us/

Crazy costumery — the wackier the better! Costumes encouraged but not required.

The ultimate goal of the Special Olympics is “to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public's awareness of their capabilities and needs” See: http://sonh.org. It’s a great cause and one we can all support whether we skim the pond on a sunny Spring day or simply come out and enjoy the great food, fun, and quirky, hair-brained camaraderie everyone shares.

Food for the day will be provided by the Skiway's own Thirty Trails Cafe, the place known far and wide by skiers, boarders, and snowmobilers all around the Upper Valley for its haute cuisine, as well as great down-home cooking at fair prices. Burgers, dogs, grilled outside, chips, and maybe even their famous mac & cheese plus some amazing baked goods for dessert.

So, break out your best gorilla suit, Speedo bathing attire, or superhero cape and mask, and come on out to have a blast while supporting the most worthy of Upper Valley causes. Here’s a bit of trivia…Did you know that over 95% of the Dartmouth Skiway Ski Patrol is comprised of Dartmouth undergraduate students? This according to Skiway Manager Doug Holler who offers up the Skiway to help the Special Olympics cause and ensure students and community members have a day to enjoy and remember. High schoolers are welcome, too! They'll just need a parent or guardian to sign a consent form for them.

T    he MOST amazing Mac & Cheese ever served up here at the Skiway                                     (in this writer's humble opinion).

Scrumptious home-made baked goods coming your way on March 30th!

Ski patroller Otto Salmi '19, a Dartmouth undergraduate senior, along with Matt Fulton ’96, is helping organize this year’s Skiway Pond Skim. Otto is exuberant and optimistic about pond skimming at the Skiway. He had this to say as he was headed out to patrol the slopes, “It’s a great day and a great way to be with your friends and give back to the Special Olympics, too. It's just plain good clean fun whether you're skiing or watching.”

Otto stressed the Pond Skim is open to all comers of all ages and all skiing abilities—not just those affiliated with Dartmouth College. He's encouraging attendance by Alpine skiers and boarders (sorry, no XC skis this year), and even ski bikers if there are any out there willing to take the heady plunge! He also reminded me that non-skiers can have just as much fun watching the zaniness as those who make the attempt to skim across water. So, come on out, one and all. A donation of just $20 will get you into the competition (minors must have a responsible adult sign a waiver for them), with as many runs as your heart desires.

Makin' A Splash!

So, please Save the Date and mark YOUR calendar. Let's make an Upper Valley-wide party of it. March 30's the big day, with March 31 as the rain date, from 10 am – 2 pm. Get into costume, whether you plan to ski or not—bold Hawaiian shirt, skimpy Speedo bathing suit, your favorite superhero costume with or without a cape, or whatever else your creative, goofy, kookey and madcap fashionista design whims can muster. Or come skim sans costume if you'd like (but please, do wear something!!). Costumers are optional, but it's way more fun to dress up. There’ll be great music and food, plus announcing over the loudspeakers as skimmers try to slip their way across the water in an attempt to make their way to their wild side.  

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Dave Celone of E. Thetford writes as Poetic Licence here on the dailyuv.com on many things great and small that impact the Upper Valley region of NH and VT. Please leave a comment or question below if you wish. Dave does read and reply. To subscribe to and follow Poetic Licence posts, Click Here or visit this link: https://dailyuv.us11.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=3b0a3ea19ca8d7b499b2203de&id=8d286dabb7

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