by Eva Potter

With almost a foot of hero snow this past week, be sure to enjoy the slopes while it lasts and stick around this weekend for some gut-splitting entertainment, too.

On March 23, at 12:30 p.m., you’ll be in for a treat when you watch the Box Races at Holiday Valley. The bottom of Yodeler will be turned into a “race course” as competitors navigate their original racing box designs down the slope to the finish line. Prizes awarded for Most Original Racer, Funniest Entry, Best Costume, and Best of Show.

Later that afternoon, take a break at 1 p.m. and head to the bottom of Yodeler for Holiday Valley’s Pond Skimming event. It takes a special sort to willingly ski down a slope with the goal of picking up enough speed to skim across an ice-cold, water-filled pond. Many will try, many will fail and a few will take home the prizes for Best Skimmer, Best Costume, Best Kid and Best Splash. Spectators can enjoy tunes by DJ John Barry, the outdoor barbeque and margarita bar. It’s the Valley’s version of a polar bear swim on skis — don’t miss it.

Cost for the Box Races and Pond Skimming is $5 per event and registration begins at 11 a.m. outside Yodeler Lodge. Visit for more details.

On March 30, HoliMont will host its own version of Pond Skimming. This event was canceled last year due to unseasonably warm weather. This year’s members-only event will have a “Las Vegas” theme and will begin in front of the Main Chalet. The Skiffle Minstrels will entertain the crowd from 3–6 p.m.

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