Impressive tricks, face-plants and outrageous costumes were aplenty at Thredbo over the weekend, as this year’s Pond Skim Championships wrapped up the 2015 winter events season.
The field was stacked with 80 competitors who strapped into skis and snowboards to take on the 25m long icy ‘pond’ over the snow-laden resort on Saturday, all competing for the $1,000 cash prize pool. While some made the impressive distance, most took a tumble into the frosty water, with a big crowd of spectators cheering them on.
Eight competitors walked home as prize-winners, with lots of young grommets also getting involved in the crowd pleasing event.
While the winter season officially wraps this long weekend, the action continues in the warmer months with adventures and activities for the whole family. With stunning hikes, Mt Kosciuszko ready to conquer, a new skate park and 25km of new mountain bike trails, there is lots on offer for the whole family at Thredbo.
Following on from a massive winter of events, Thredbo’s summer calendar is boasting a big line-up including the famous Thredbo Blues Festival featuring top Aussie Blues acts, the Cannonball Mountain Bike Festival, the Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival, big holiday children’s festival plus more.
While we count down the days until summer, Thredbo has rounded up the top five moments from this year’s action-packed winter season.
- Scott Kneller’s hair-raising race down the mountain, to take home the Thredbo Top2Bottom* in a blistering time of 2 minutes 16 seconds.
Over 200 competitors were treated to the most spectacular sunrise in perfect race conditions, as they celebrated the 25th anniversary of Australia’s most iconic downhill race, almost two kilometres above sea level.
- La Folie Douce’s first ever Australian tour – a show-stopping live performance, complete with champagne showers.
The high–energy international act, La Folie Douce, brought a European party experience like no other to Thredbo, as part of this year’s epic Top2Bottom 25th birthday celebrations.
- The jaw-dropping competition on show, as the world’s best skiers took on the 100ft Toyota Big Air spectacle jump during the One Hit Wonder Mountain Festival.
The nail-biting jumps made for a thrilling event, with one contestant losing a ski mid-air and Swedish skier Oscar Wester taking home first place after performing a triple cork – one of the hardest freeski tricks possible.
- Olympian Torah Bright sharing her tips and tricks with young skiers and boarders as part of the Mini Shred Event.
There were smiles all round and a few future snow sports stars in the making, as mini shredders took to the snow to enjoy a day of fun, riding tips and hanging out with other young snow lovers.
- When a man-fairy, taco, tenpin and a guy in speedos braved the chill, and the crowds in Thredbo Pond Skim.
Some interesting attire was spotted around Thredbo over the weekend, with competitors donning fancy dress as they took on the 25m Pond Skim Championships. While the weather was great, the water still had an icy-bite, the speedo-man discovered the hard way.
*Top2Bottom highlight reel is available to download here.