Thrills, spills and chills at Sunday River

Posted April 09, 2013, at 5:30 a.m.
Last modified April 09, 2013, at 1:08 p.m.

NEWRY, Maine — The announcer joked that they had filled the pond with warm water, but the truth was that it was so cold on Sunday morning they had to clear a layer of ice before they could kick off the pond-skimming competition, an annual end-of-the-season crowd-pleaser at the Sunday River Ski Resort.

One hundred skiers and snowboarders weren’t concerned with the water’s frigid temperature. They were there to skim across it — wearing costumes that ranged from penguins to Parrotheads. Rob Tragemann of Newry tried to skim the pond in a cardboard outhouse.

Only a half-dozen or so made it all the way; the others will be drying out their ski boots for while.

Tony Ricciardi of Yarmouth had no intention of getting his full-body Yeti costume wet. He rode his snowboard like a professional water skier, scoring a perfect 30 from the judges and winning a new pair of skis.

The event raised money for Camp Sunshine, the only program in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life-threatening illness on every member of the immediate family — the ill child, the parents and the siblings.