If you think that pond skims are lame, they used to be an event that was much more extreme. The pond jump at Seven Springs, which existed from around 1985-2002, was a step up from the traditional pond skim. Skiers and riders would race down the Gunnar slope and then hit a massive jump, landing into a pond. The event was a party atmosphere, featuring music, tailgating, kegs, and even a hot tub inside a trunk of a truck.
Here are some details of the event from Michael:
- Location: Bottom of Gunnar Slope at Seven Springs Resort, Champion, Pennsylvania.
- Built a huge kicker at the bottom of the Gunnar Slope into the pond by the lift. It was on the opposite side of the mountain from the Lodges.
- The first years didn’t require life jackets.
- This was back when it was still under the “Family Ownership” of the Dupre family. Seven Springs has been owned by Vail Resorts since last year.
To learn more about the event, check out these early 2000s edits below from MEH and Surf Dog Media or the Facebook group dedicated to the Pond Jump.
Image/Video Credits: Surfdogmedia (Featured Image), MEH, Skimap.org