Winter Park Resort celebrates Spring Splash with winter-like snow totals
April 8, 2008
Winter Park Resort will celebrate its 40th annual Coca-Cola Spring Splash on Sunday, April 13.Its huge, said Darcy Morse, Winter Park resort spokeswoman. We see a lot of people coming out and trying to get those last turns and celebrate the start of summer.The Spring Splashs namesake event takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, when spectators watch as skiers and riders overcome obstacles on Lower Larry Sale Trail and attempt to glide across an icy pond to reach the finish line with the best time.Contestants may register for the Splash from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Guest Services in Balcony House. Entry fee is $20, or $39 for lift and entry fee. Employees can enter for $15.Registration is limited to the first 100 participants 18 and older. Proof of age is required.Every registered participant in the Spring Splash will be entered to win two round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines and a $50 Hertz rental car voucher.Other events at the resort this weekend include:Saturday Skiers will sport skinny skis and old school, one-piece snowsuits at the Spring Break Blast Throw Back to the 80s Presented by Snickers. 1 p.m.: Dress Your Dog Hot Contest, the Plaza; Best 80s Costume Contest, the Plaza; Winter Park Ski & Ride School instructors will give free bump and tele tips at the top of the Prospector Lift. 2-6 p.m.: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band will provide live music in the Plaza. Sunday Free bump and tele tips at 1 p.m. at the top of the Prospector Lift. Great American Taxi will perform from 2-6 p.m. in the Plaza at the base of Winter Park.More terrain stays open longerThe Eagle Wind and Vasquez Cirque areas will remain open through Saturday.Some years weve closed that terrain sooner, but weve had good snow and lots of it, so weve been able to keep both of those areas open, Morse said. You need good conditions to keep them open.The resorts remaining terrain will stay open through the end of the day Sunday, she said.Vasquez Cirque has not stayed open this late since its opening in 1997-98, and Eagle Wind has not been available this late in the season since it opened in 2006-07, Morse said.The resorts snow totals as of Tuesday were 6.5 inches new in 24 hours; 9.5 inches in 48 hours; 16.5 inches in 72 hours; and a season to date snowfall of 364.7 inches, she said. The resorts 10-year average snowfall is 326.5 inches, Morse said.