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Canyons welcomes spring with a splash: Spring Grüv begins Friday

After a long winter, there’s nothing like a big spring celebration — even if the winter wasn’t as cold expected.

Still, Canyons Resort will continue its tradition called Spring Grüv, a nine-day party featuring free family activities, live music, a scavenger hunt and pond skimming, said Caitlin Martz, senior communications specialist with Canyons.

"Who doesn’t like to watch people in crazy costumes trying to ski across a 100-foot pond," Martz said during an interview with The Park Record. "It’s fantastic that we can continue to offer this tradition."

Canyons’ Spring Grüv will kick off Friday, March 20, with different events, including a free concert with Keller Williams at 3 p.m. at the Ski Beach. The opening act is Changing Lanes Experience.

"The other activities include Jibbin’ for Juniors, snow play, where kids can make snowmen, and an opportunity for guests to meet the resort mascot Ripperroo," Martz said. "Also, Hired Guns, the local cowboys who do rope tricks and quick draws, will also be at the Village."

The festivities will continue Saturday with the main highlight — pond skimming at the Red Pine area at the top of Canyon’s gondola lift. While attending pond skimming is free, those who want to watch need to purchase a gondola lift ticket or use their season pass.

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"Registration is now open (at http://www.canyonsresort.com ) for the first 100 participants," Martz said. "They will ski down the hill and attempt to cross the pond."

There is a $30 registration fee for those who want to participate in pond skimming. It’s free for those who just want to watch, according to Martz.

"I love the costumes," she said. "I love the creativity we see. Oftentimes they make references to what is happening in pop culture."

One of the best costumes Martz has seen was someone who built a wooden structure and attempted to swing on a rope like Tarzan through the structure into the water.

"Another costume I really liked was a Pinocchio with (Monstro) the whale," she said. "They came down as a team and it was an awesome."

While the costumes are fun to see, Martz also likes how the participants choose to enter the water.

"Some go for it all spread eagle and others actually attempt to make it across the pond," she said with a laugh. "Then we have those who cut their losses and try to do a flip and belly flop. It’s also fun to see how the viewers react."

If the 100 slots for pond skimming aren’t full by Saturday, Canyons will continue preregistration that morning from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.

"At 11:30 a.m., we will showcase Alpine Horns on the ski beach to get in the mood for the event," Martz said. "Pond skimming starts at noon and will run through 2:30 p.m."

After that, Canyons will host an awards ceremony.

"We will give out five awards — Best Splash, Best Crash, Best Costume, Best Overall Male and Best Overall Female," Martz said. "We will have a live DJ at the pond, so it will become this huge party."

Following the awards, the resort will host a free concert with Nahko and Medicine for the People will follow the awards. John Wayne and the Pain will be the opening act.

"This year, pond skimming happens on the first day of spring, so this is truly a way to welcome in the season," Martz said.

Spring Grüv will resume on Sunday, March 22, with DJ Velvet at the Umbrella Bar at 3 p.m. and continue with more snow play and Ripperroo’s Parade.

"Ripperroo is Canyons’ mascot and is a ton of fun," Martz said. "He will lead a kids parade from the Ski School around the Resort Village. Everyone plays music and gets free cookies. There is always a ton of kids in the parade. They just love it."

On Wednesday, March 25, Spring Grüv will feature Meet the Avalanche Dogs.

"These dogs are our rescue dogs and they will be at the Ski Beach," Martz said.

After a couple of days break, Spring Grüv will continue on Friday, March 27.

"Ripperroo will be out and about during snow play and DJ Velvet will be back," she said.

The closing weekend will also be filled with activities for families, according to Martz.

Saturday’s highlight will be the EpicMix Hawaiian Scavenger Hunt.

"This is an event that uses EpicMix, an app that tracks your vertical feet and keeps track of how many runs you ski and chair-lift rides you take," she said. "It allows you to take free photos with photographers on the mountain. You can collect pins around the resort. It’s fun to see how many pins you collect and how many chair rides you take."

The day will wrap with a concert by funk and afro-beat band Motet. Opening act will be local favorite Patwa Reggae Band.

Spring Grüv will close on Sunday, March 29, with snow play and a magician.

"We will also have free s’more ingredients available on the Umbrella Bar deck for as long as supplies last," Martz said. "We encourage everyone to make their own s’mores and then later enjoy more live music on the deck by the Red Tail Grill."

Martz is happy Canyons can continue its Spring Grüv tradition.

"This is a favorite event for many people in the town and we even get many people who have never skied at Canyons come to the event," she said. "I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the season."

Canyons Resort’s Spring Grüv will run from March 20 through March 29. For more information, visit http://www.canyonsresort.com.