Wow, how can I describe closing weekend here at Big Sky Resort. Let me think for a second, ohh I have it…PERFECT. What can I say, the only real spring days we’ve had all year and the just happened to be timed with perfectly with our last weekend of the winter season.
I started the day Friday in the office wanting the sun to shine and as the day progressed the sun shone more and more. At 2pm we kicked off the weekend festivities with “Afternoon Delight” the first best trick competition at Big Sky, and let me tell you people threw down, World Boards gave us some awesome prizes, including a snowboard and Big Sky Sports chipped in with some sick logo wear. We grilled some hot dogs and kicked out the jams while the riders and skiers went huge to the delight of the crowd. There were some 7’s 9’s and even a 1080 on skis, and boarders were going inverted and twisting every which way. We ended the comp just in time to see Adam from guest services try a double back flip on his board, actually over rotate and snap his board in two. Good thing it was close to the end of the season. Many props go out to Tyrell and the whole Terrain Park Crew, as well as Jake and the other groomers for all of their hard work put into the jump and the parks all season.
Saturday started with snow and 17 degree temps, not the ideal day for a Pond Skim, so let me tell you I was a bit flustered at 9 a.m. But lo and behold Mother Nature smiled upon Big Sky and by 10 a.m. it was sunny. Collin from DJ Joe’s Mobile DJ service was rocking the plaza and the folks from Airtime Inflatables had the bouncer room set-up. The Park crew had finished cracking the ice on the pond and it was beginning to melt. By 1 p.m. we had over 70 people signed up for the skim, remember that we limit the entries so keep that in mind for next year. At 3pm we moved to the hill and Brandon took over the mic. Jake showed us how not to do the skim, by not really skimming at all, and as people got the hang of the curved pond they started to make it across. After 70 some odd contestants and a few poachers including a guy in his tighty whities and rainbow suspenders only, our very own Dax Schieffer finished off the event and much like Jake, didn’t really skim at all.
Politician then took over in the plaza and I, even after hundreds of applications of SPF 50 still managed to get sun burnt, while rocking out. It was a great crowd and a wonderful celebration of spring and the end of an amazing season. We had fresh snow the last week and sun the last days. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Sunday was another warm day and I said goodbye to my good friends. With a few hugs and shiny red nose I called it a season. Much thanks to all of you this season that made it what it was . . . Wonderful. Talk to you soon. Maybe a summer update or two or perhaps a "The Way I Golf It" may be in order. Have a great spring and summer and see you in the fall.