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Cotton Ranch opens Saturday

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

GYPSUM, Colorado ” The Cotton Ranch Club in Gypsum will open the back nine of the Pete Dye Championships course this weekend.

On Wednesday, Cotton Ranch, which is the first course to open in the Vail Valley for the season, opened its driving range.

The semi-private club offers seasonal rates for public play, Eagle County residents and special rates for the town of Eagle and Gypsum residents; 18-hole rates with carts for spring play will apply until May 23 and twilight rates are in effect from 1 and 4 p.m. daily. Cotton Ranch is offering seasonal punch passes in five-, 10- and 20-round packages (carts included).

Call the Cotton Ranch Club at 524-6200, ext. 2 or visit http://www.cotton

ranchclub.com for more information or to make tee reservations.

The World Pond Skimming Championships return to Vail on April 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Golden Peak.

A field of 100 floatable (and sometimes sinkable) athletes will vie for fame and glory in a showing that defies the laws of physics and perhaps even common sense. All eyes are on the grand prize: cash, skis and the elusive Golden

Skimmer.

The World Pond Skimming Championships are open to those who aren’t afraid of a little water.

Pond skimming involves generating as much speed as is possible through an in-run on skis or a snowboard and then skimming across a pond of freezing cold water to the finish corral. Judges will score each competitor on distance, style, creativity and water solubility.

Registration is $50 and is limited to the first 100 applicants at http://www.springbacktovail.com.

Local ski company http://www.floskis.com will be offereing demos all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Vail Mountain by Chair 4, next to the Demo center.

Skis are available for all adults of all abilities. For more information, check out http://www.floskis.com or called Adrian Floreani at 688-0261.

The Jeep King of the Mountain Series will air its final event of the season this weekend.

On Saturday, the skicross competition, which Vail’s Chris DelBosco won, will be on CBS from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

On Sunday, CBS will air the boardercross races from 11 a.m. to noon.


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