Pond skimming is one of skiing’s most hallowed end-of-season traditions, as various skiers and snowboarders flock to their local hill (typically wearing a crazy costume) and try to make it across a pond with enough style that they’ll hopefully win some sort of a prize (or at least bragging rights).
Over the weekend, a skier at one Russian ski resort took pond skimming to a whole new level by dressing up as an angel and lighting himself on fire before bombing down into the pond — all to win a $350 prize:
Though Redkov was ultimately successful in his attempt to win the pond skimming contest, his victory came at a price: The Siberian Times reports Redkov suffered second-degree burns to his arms and back from the stunt.
While there’s something to be said about Redkov’s commitment to his pond skimming enthusiasm, we here at GrindTV would like to advise you to celebrate the end of your ski season in a way that doesn’t involve engulfing yourself in flames.
Read about more (safe) ways to end your ski season