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Ski Meister to be held at UOP

Next Saturday, young athletes and their parents will don their craziest costumes and head to the Utah Olympic Park for the sixth-annual Ski Meister celebration.

The Ski Meister is a party to celebrate the end of the season for the UOP’s FLY Freestyle and Park City Nordic Ski Club teams. UOP Marketing Manager Melanie Welch said the event usually draws a big crowd.

"We invite all the participants in our FLY and [Park City Nordic Ski Club] programs to come out with their families and do a little ski race that ends with some pond skimming," she said. "Clearly ours isn’t as big of a pond skimming as others have seen here in Park City, but it’s a really fun little race setup that they have. They do barbecue with it and it’s just a fun end-of-season celebration. Everyone dresses up in costume."

Welch said the event is billed as a family affair, complete with races for all ages.

"We have different age group races all the way up through the parents," she said. "We really do try to encourage parents and siblings to participate as well. In the past, we’ve had some really nice turnouts, especially when the weather gets nice."

The race course features some gate skiing on the freestyle lanes next to the small Nordic jumping hills and ends with a little pond skim.

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"The pond skimming is literally right next to the museum," Welch said. "From our café, we roll out barbecues and cook for the families."

The races usually begin around noon and Welch said everyone is welcome to come watch from the patio.

"We encourage spectators to come up because it’s just a fun thing to watch," she said. "It’s a fun way to celebrate. They’ve all worked super hard throughout the entire season."

For the athletes, it’s a great time to bond with the other members of their team they may not see as often.

"It’s all the [age] levels, which is really fun for the programs," she said. "A lot of times, the different levels aren’t necessarily interacting throughout the season, so it’s a great way to get all the athletes together."

For those interested in joining a FLY Freestyle or PCNSC summer program, Welch said the Ski Meister is a great time to come ask questions and get more information first hand.

"If they’re interested in any of the summer sport programs, it’s a great time to come because all the coaches will be out here," she said. "It’s a great time to chat with some of the current athletes, too."

Registration for the summer programs will open in early April. Welch said the UOP is excited for a full summer of activities.

"All of our summer programs are showing up on the website so you can see what our summer offerings are," she said. "Then registration begins at the beginning of April. What’s exciting for all the FLY programs is that last year, there was still so much construction going on into the spring. A lot of the FLY programs will be able to get in the [Spence Eccles Olympic Freestyle] Pool beginning in May this year, which is exciting because it extends their seasons."

To learn more about the Utah Olympic Park’s summer programs, visit http://utaholympiclegacy.org/park-sports .

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