Park City Mountain will Grüv into spring
Annual celebration starts Saturday
March 21, 2017
Spring is on the horizon. Temperatures are rising and tress are starting to bloom.
What better way to usher in the new season than at Park City Mountain Resort's annual Spring Grüv, a 16-day celebration of music, family activities and pond skimming.
The annual event, now it its 10th year, has become a tradition for many people who live in and visit Park City, said Whitney Wall, Park City Mountain brand experience manager.
"Spring is one of the best times of year on the mountain and Spring Grüv is the ultimate celebration to cap off the winter season," Wall said in an email interview with The Park Record. "We wanted to create an opportunity for people to come together, soak up the sunshine and celebrate the season with live music, activities and fun with family and friends."
All Spring Grüv events are free for spectators and open to the public, but there are some participation and transportation fees that apply.
"Those competing in the pond skimming competition do have to pay an entry fee to compete [and] pond skimming spectators must have a gondola pass or lift ticket to take the Red Pine Gondola up to the pond skimming site near Red Pine Lodge," Wall said. "The rest of the Spring Grüv concerts and activities are located across the two base areas and are free."
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The pond skimming, an event in which skiers and boarders decked out in outrageous costumes try to cross a large body of water, will be held April 8.
It started 21 years ago, and was folded into the Spring Grüv events in 2007.
"The pond skimming contest is one of Park City's most popular parties and is the true indicator that spring has arrived," Wall said. "Contestants must dress in costume — the funkier the better — as they attempt to cross a 100-foot pond on skis or a snowboard. The pond and the excitement will happen at mid-mountain just outside of Park City Mountain's Red Pine Lodge."
The rules for pond skimming this year are as follows:
- No teams allowed – all pond-skimming competitors will enter the pond individually.
- Minimum age is 10 years old
- No nudity, thongs, or bare butts allowed
- No full-face masks or costumes that inhibit full visibility
- No costumes with pyrotechnics
- No animals allowed
- Must compete on skis or snowboards
- No sleds, sit-skis or ski bikes allowed
- Costumes must be able to fit inside the Red Pine Gondola with the doors closed
- Poles may be used but must be dropped before skis touch the pond
- No pre-runs; each competitor gets one run to be judgedWall said she enjoys seeing the outfits the pond skimmers make.
"Every year we see amazing costumes from the competitors," she said. "We're always impressed with the creativity and style.
Last season, one pond-skimmer created a full Jenga costume that scattered like a falling Jenga tower when he hit the pond.
"We were especially impressed that he was able to fit the costume inside of the Red Pine Gondola to get up to the competition site," Wall said.
In addition to pond skimming, Spring Grüv is known for the concerts.
- Crystal Fighters and Van Lady Love will perform at the Park City Base on March 25
- Magic Giant will perform on April 1 at Canyons Village
- Metro Music Club will perform on April 8 at Canyons Village."We also have smaller live music acts that will perform every day of the festival, including Grizzly Goat and Cry Wolf," Wall said.
Park City Mountain Resort worked with local nonprofit Mountain Town Music for the concert program.
"For Spring Grüv, we look for a variety of lively artists that are fun for the crowd to dance to," Wall said. "We want to create the perfect atmosphere for our guests to soak up the sun and enjoy the best of spring."
If pond skimming and live music isn't enough, Spring Grüv offers more.
"We will have daily village activities for the whole family including face painting, a wire artist to create unique souvenirs for guests, s'mores, and much more," Wall said.
Park City Mountain will host Spring Grüv from March 25 through April 9. For information, visit http://www.parkcitymountain.com/events.