Registration Open For Annual Sno-Kona Pond Skim At Mt. Hood Meadows

April 2, 2009, Portland, OR — Online registration is now open for Kona Brewing's annual celebration of snow, suds and skimming at the 3rd annual Sno-Kona Pond Skim, Mt. Hood Meadows to be held Saturday, April 25, 2009. Contestants will launch themselves across a frigid 90-foot long and 3-foot deep pond on their snowboards or skis, while onlookers will be treated to Pond Skim hi-jinks, live music, Polynesian decor and round-the-clock beer sampling. All entrants will be vying for the grand prize of a trip for two to Hawaii, courtesy of All About Hawaii.  The event is limited to 100 contestants, so participants should register early at and day-of registration will open up if available. All participants must be over 21.

The contest has two rounds: in the first round, all participants attempt to skim the pond, and if successful they move on to the second round which becomes the "skim-off" to determine the winner.  If more than one contestant makes it to the other side in round two, prizes will be awarded for the top three places, as well as for the best splash, best impression made by a women contestant, and best Hawaiian costume.

"Everyone wins at the Sno-Kona Pond Skim, and every year it's a blast," said Dave Tragethon, Executive Director of Marketing for Mt. Hood Meadows. "I think with the economy in the state it's in, we're really going to see people putting it out there this year, trying to win that grand prize trip to Hawaii. No matter what, the Pond Skim is memorable for all of us—participants, skiers, snowboarders, and the crowd that turns out to watch here at Meadows."

Cost to participate in the Pond Skim is $25 per entrant, which includes a Kona towel. If weather doesn't cooperate, the Pond Skim will be held the following day on Sunday, April 26.

For press credentials, please contact Sally Murdoch at 503-735-5943 or email at For more information visit or call 808-394-KONA (5662).


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