Winter Park Resort marks end of ski season with a Splash
Sky-Hi Daily News
The 2007-08 ski season at Winter Park Resort came to its official end Sunday, April 13, with the world-famous “Spring Splash.”
One of the resort’s most anticipated events of the year, this zany contest featured skiers and snowboarders attempting to negotiate an obstacle course before crossing an ice-water pond to reach the finish line.
The winners of the 2008 Spring Splash are:
Men’s snowboard ” 1. Peter Lawrence of Louisville, Bib #44, 31.8 seconds; 2. Josh Gottlob of Conifer, Bib #21, 36.8 seconds; 3. Scott Morin of Lakewood, Bib #51, 70.7 seconds
Men’s ski ” 1. Eric Peterson of Fraser, Bib #97, 23.88 seconds; 2. Chris Acosta of Asland, Wisc., Bib #66, 24.3 seconds; 3. Robby Zehner of Superior, Bib #68, 26.5 seconds.
Women’s snowboard ” 1. Gretchen Cook of Denver, Bib #1, 44.27 seconds; 2. Beth Paige of Winter Park, Bib #14, 54.03 seconds; 3. Mandolyn Nelson of Denver, Bib #3, 57.5 seconds.
Women’s ski ” 1. Debbie Sullivan of Fraser, Bib #100, 31.86 seconds; 2. Jacqueline Thomas of Hot Sulphur Springs, Bib #18, 34.75 seconds; 3. Tracy Johnson of Denver, Bib #19, 36.22 seconds.
The fun kicked off Sunday at noon with 95 competitors starting down the lower Larry Sale Trail at the base of the Winter Park Resort. There were 36 men and 11 women in the snowboard class, and 39 men and nine women in the ski class.
The competitors in both the ski and snowboard divisions began their descent of the Splash’s course by coming out backwards from the starting gate. From there, they had to somehow make their way through the “bamboo jungle,” the hay bale obstacle course and the “oh no” zone before they finally attempted to skim across the ice-water pond to the finish line. Needless to say, many did not make it and ended up taking a swim.
Most of the competitors do the Splash just for the fun of it, but many also had their eyes on the cash prizes that totaled $4,000.
Sunday’s season-closing event also featured live music by Great American Taxi and free bump and telemark tips from Winter Park Ski and Ride School.
The ski season saw Winter Park Resort record more than 381.2 inches on snowfall. The resort also celebrated on-mountain capital enhancements of $8 million, a new base village development and the opening of the highest six-person chair lift in North America ” the Panoramic Express ” and two new trails.
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