Defying gravity: Skiers, snowboarders skim the water for victory at Shawnee Peak

Posted March 25, 2014, at 5:50 a.m.
A competitor skims across a man-made pond during the 30th annual Slush Cup on Saturday, at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton.
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A competitor skims across a man-made pond during the 30th annual Slush Cup on Saturday, at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton. Buy Photo
A crowd of warmly-dressed skiers watch as a girl skims across the man-made pond at Shawnee Peak on Saturday.
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A crowd of warmly-dressed skiers watch as a girl skims across the man-made pond at Shawnee Peak on Saturday. Buy Photo
Palmer Egan starts to sink as he runs out of speed during his run in the annual Slush Cup event at Shawnee Peak at Saturday.
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Palmer Egan starts to sink as he runs out of speed during his run in the annual Slush Cup event at Shawnee Peak at Saturday. Buy Photo
A snowboarder appears to attempt carving a turn during the Slush Cup at Shawnee Peak on Saturday.
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A snowboarder appears to attempt carving a turn during the Slush Cup at Shawnee Peak on Saturday. Buy Photo
The snowboarder ends up crashing into the pond during the Slush Cup at Shawnee Peak on Saturday.
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The snowboarder ends up crashing into the pond during the Slush Cup at Shawnee Peak on Saturday. Buy Photo
William Davis of Fryeburg zips across the pond at Shawnee Peak on Saturday.
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William Davis of Fryeburg zips across the pond at Shawnee Peak on Saturday. Buy Photo
A skier wipes out in one of the Slush Cup's more spectacular crashes at Shawnee Peak on Saturday.
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A skier wipes out in one of the Slush Cup's more spectacular crashes at Shawnee Peak on Saturday. Buy Photo
A pond skimming participant in a Batman costume is assisted getting back onto his feet after crashing during the Slush Cup at Shawnee Peak on Saturday.
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A pond skimming participant in a Batman costume is assisted getting back onto his feet after crashing during the Slush Cup at Shawnee Peak on Saturday. Buy Photo
Will Allen of New York City comes up for air after wiping out on his attempt to skim across the pond at Shawnee Peak on Saturday.
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Will Allen of New York City comes up for air after wiping out on his attempt to skim across the pond at Shawnee Peak on Saturday. Buy Photo
Josh Harrington skims across the pond backwards, getting hosed in the process, at the conclusion of the 30th annual Slush Cup on Saturday. Harrington is the marketing/sales manager at Shawnee Peak Ski Area.
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Josh Harrington skims across the pond backwards, getting hosed in the process, at the conclusion of the 30th annual Slush Cup on Saturday. Harrington is the marketing/sales manager at Shawnee Peak Ski Area. Buy Photo
George Farah of Yarmouth, Mass., reaches for his sombrero moments before crashing into the water at Shawnee Peak on Saturday.
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George Farah of Yarmouth, Mass., reaches for his sombrero moments before crashing into the water at Shawnee Peak on Saturday. Buy Photo
Albi Skendri from Albania arrives at the edge of the pond, dressed like someone who plans on getting wet during the Slush Cup at Shawnee Peak on Saturday.
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Albi Skendri from Albania arrives at the edge of the pond, dressed like someone who plans on getting wet during the Slush Cup at Shawnee Peak on Saturday. Buy Photo
Albi Skendri promptly wipes out into the frigid water at Shawnee Peak on Saturday.
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Albi Skendri promptly wipes out into the frigid water at Shawnee Peak on Saturday. Buy Photo
Unfazed by the 32 degree air temperature after crashing into the cold water, Albi Skendri, heads for the lodge at Shawnee Peak on Saturday.
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Unfazed by the 32 degree air temperature after crashing into the cold water, Albi Skendri, heads for the lodge at Shawnee Peak on Saturday. Buy Photo

BRIDGTON, Maine – While the snow conditions on the slopes of Shawnee Peak were about as good as they get on Saturday, it was the attempt to skim across a 100-foot-long man-made pond that was the highlight.

About 75 skiers and snowboarders competed, but only a small percentage of the participants in Saturday’s 30th annual Slush Cup successfully defied the odds of gravity. The majority ended up in the shockingly cold 34-degree water, giving the crowd their biggest thrills of their day.

 

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