VAIL — Spring Back to Vail comes to a close today with an array of events. On Sunday morning, Golden Peak will host the Spring Back to Vail expo village, featuring sponsors, local businesses and a variety of post-season promotions. The expo village opens at 8:30 am at Golden Peak and remains open through the early afternoon.
“I think closing day will be more than special this year because of the incredible snow conditions we’ve been fortunate to enjoy here in Vail all season long,” said Sara Lococo, communications coordinator for Vail Resorts. “We have nearly 4800 acres of the mountain still open, including the back bowls and Blue Sky Basin. While it’s always a little sad to see another winter come to a close, we’re thankful for a great 2013-2014 season and excited to provide our guests with one final hurrah.”
The World Pond Skimming Championships presented by Red Bull return to Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak base area for the 12th year on Sunday. Skimmers from far and wide will gather in Vail to test their buoyancy on Lake Golden Peak for the chance at the title of 2014 World Pond Skimming Champion and the grand prize — an Epic Pass for the 2014-2015 season, a pair of Liberty Skis and a Helly Hansen base layer.
The closing day tradition of donning costumes and skimming across icy water at the legendary skimming event holds strong as 75 participants will careen themselves off a snow jump in the hopes of coming out on the other side. The spectacle defies the laws of physics and common sense as a panel of highly-skilled judges scores each competitor on distance, style, creativity and water resistance. The contest gets underway at 3 p.m. and the Golden Peak venue opens at 1:30 p.m. for sponsor expos and giveaways. The top male and female competitors will each be awarded the grand prize.
Registration for this year’s World Pond Skimming Championships opened now close; spectators can watch and enjoy for free.
After pond skimming, local band Bonfire Dub opens the Solaris venue at 4 p.m. Bonfire Dub is best known for their seamless mixing of reggae, folk and dub styles. Thoughtful melodic folk intermingles with the depth of dub.
“What really captures the attention of our fans is that the sum of our parts is greater than any individual band member,” said Scotty Stoughton, member of Bonfire Dub.
Steel Pulse takes the stage after Bonfire Dub at the Solaris. Formed in 1975 at Handsworth Wood Boys School in Birmingham, England, the group is the first non-Jamaican act to win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album for its 1985 album “Babylon the Bandit.” Steel Pulse has developed a reputation for supporting a variety of civil rights issues. They quickly gained international attention from the music community after releasing a number of albums with potent lyrics against racism, war, government corruption and other social issues. Multiple Grammy nominations and a reputation as reggae headliners makes this a group you won’t want to miss.