It's a tradition among a number of Vermont ski areas to hold a pond skimming contest as the season draws to a close. Pond skimming contests invite skiers to dress up in costumes and skim across a man made "pond" at the foot of the mountain. Initially, it is an easy challenge because skiers can start from a distance, high up on the mountain and build up speed to cross "the pond." But as the distance from the pond is gradually reduced, the contestants find it increasingly more difficult to skim across the pond. The skier who wins is the one who can skim across the pond at the slowest speed without falling into the water.