Pond skimming

Fifty skiers and snowboarders, many colorfully attired, got one chance to go down the Bretton’s Wood Trail to build up enough speed to make it across the 40-foot long Splash Pool without falling in on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

BRETTON WOODS — Though it will remain open through Patriots’ Day, the state’s largest ski area began winding down a successful 2018-19 season with its 32nd annual Bretton Woods Beach Party on Saturday.

The event featured a scavenger hunt, luau lunch; on-slope equipment demonstrations, rubber ducky race, and kids- and adults-only après ski parties. But the beach party’s highlight was, as always, the Slush Pool.

The Slush Pool, measuring 40 feet by 10 feet and filled to the depth of several feet with cold, clear water.

Pond skimming

The most popular event at the 32nd annual Bretton Woods Beach Party on March 30, 2019, was the Splash Pool.

From about 200 feet away, 50 intrepid skiers and snowboarders — many of whom were colorfully and creatively dressed — headed downhill attempting to cross the Slush Pool with a minimum of wetness.

The pool, measuring 10 feet wide by 40 feet long, is filled with several feet of water.

Josh DeBottis, the general manager of the Omni Mount Washington Resort, which owns Bretton Woods, said the slush pool was a big hit and culminates a “fantastic winter” for the ski area.

Looking back on his first, full ski season at the helm of the resort, DeBottis said Bretton Woods was blessed with an abundance of snow this season, with another two feet falling last week.

Bretton Woods is also constructing the state’s only eight-person gondola, which will be completed in time for the start of the 2019-20 season.

DeBottis has said the gondola will operate year-round and help promote Bretton Woods’ on-mountain eatery as a premier wedding/gathering venue, featuring stunning views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range to the northeast.