Meadows Blog

Sno-Kona Pond Skim

Spectators packed the base area Saturday to cheer on the 100 brave competitors skimming across the 90 foot pond at the 6th Annual Sno-Kona Pond Skim at Mt. Hood Meadows Saturday. Hawaiian themed and outlandish costumes adorned the courageous competitors, as they rode down the in-run on skis or snowboard towards the icy pond. Nearly 70 competitors made it across the pond their qualifying run, leading to a spectacular final round.
Sno-Kona Pond Skim @ Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
At stake -  was the coveted first prize – a trip for two to Hawaii from All About Hawaii. With fashionable and high tech costumes like Erik Brown (dressed as a robot, successfully skimmed the pond and did the robot dance) took third and won a $50 gift certificate to Portland’s Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Restaurant. Five-time veteran Bruce Kuper took 2nd (and won a Kona beach cruiser) dressed as a Hawaiian warrior. And first place was Tory Robinson – dressed as James Bond, who freed some women in distressed, killed a bad guy, and then dropped to his knee and proposed to Sabrina LaGood, who accepted and is now his fiancé. 
The player below features several videos from the Pond Skim - enjoy!

Judges Matt Zaffino of KGW, Bozyk from 105.9 the Brew, Squid from 947 along with Pamela from Popina Swimwear and Brad from All About Hawaii agreed that the style, staging, and ultimately successful proposal won Tory and Sabrina a honeymoon in Hawaii.
For pictures of the final round visit Grant Myrdal's web site.
Natalie Welsch made the best impression as a women contestant with her “Victoria’s Secret Angel Fish” costume and received a $250 Popina Swimwear gift certificate.

Clayton Ewen (a whoopee cushion) and Lowell Neal (a 6’2” Oompa Loompa) got best splash prizes and received $50 Mt. Hood Meadows gift cards.

Best costume awards went to St. John Laughlin’s “Who’s your Daddy” with five baby (dolls) and luggage attached; and Kirk Zach dressed as a mug of Kona brew. Each received $50 Meadows gift cards.

The Retro Active Gamma Rays provided surf music for the event, and Jillian Rabe Productions put on the Popina Swimwear Fashion Show. The event was sponsored by Kona Brewing, All About Hawaii, KEEN, Popina Swimwear, Tim’s Cascade Snacks and Jillian Rabe Productions.


  1. dave ruhl

    April 29, 2012

    my son and i are season pass holders but have never heard of this event. we loved it and will definitely attend from here on out and would recommend it to all of our friends! thanks for another great season and another year of great memories keep up the great work!

    Meadows: Thanks for the post - it is one of our favorite events and a great way to end the season!

  2. Bruce Kuper

    May 1, 2012

    Thank you for putting on yet another fantastic fun filled pond skimming day!
    Everyone enjoyed themselves and loved the hoot-n-holler of all the contestants skimming/splashing the pond.

    Looking forward to another great year of skiing at Meadows and that day at the end of the season filled with ice water, hoots-n-hollers, and hopefully the relief of making it all the way across the water!

    aka Hawaiian Warrior

    Meadows: Bruce - you are awesome! It is the spirit of the competitors that really brings this event to life! Great vibe and a great time by all!

  3. Marilag

    April 29, 2013

    It was a fun day! I captured a lot of photos and videos. Sharing you the link below:



    Pond Skim Competition Album to follow :)

    Meadows: Thanks! The Sno-Kona Pond Skim is always our most fun event of the season. We appreciate you sharing!

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