The 42nd annual Spring Splash is back at Winter Park/Mary Jane Resort on Sunday April 18th, 2010. This is the longest running end of the season ski party held in Colorado and maybe the United States. The Spring Splash is now sponsored by Coca-Cola so it is officially known as the Coca-Cola Spring Splask.
Splash as it is known locally here in Winter Park is actually two parties. The official held at the base of Winter Park Resort is a family fun affair with music, racing and prizes. The official description is: Winter Park Resort’s Coca-Cola® Spring Splash is the oldest tradition of its kind and on its 42nd year. Athletes begin at 12pm as spectators watch skiers and riders struggle through obstacles on the Larry Sale trail race course and attempt to skim across an icy pond to reach the finish line and post a time. Live music sets the tone for a closing day party that is fun for everyone!
The unofficial party, and not for the younger part of the whole family, is the end of season party held in the Challenger lot of Mary Jane Resort. Music, BBQ, adult beverages, costumes and a very much party atmosphere pervade the “end of season splash”. Party gets going early, as on the night before on April 17th, and lasts past sundown on April 18th. The last few years have seen Winter Park/Fraser Valley Police with drug dogs and a big police presence. This is a fun time though that Winter Park locals and visitors plan for weeks in advance. So it is fun for all just make good choices with your drinking and driving and other behaviors.
If you have not been to the official or the unofficial Splash you are missing out. This is one of the most fun, if not the most fun times in Winter Park, CO all year.
For Spring Splash race registration: Sunday, April 18, 8-10:30am: Guest Services, Balcony House, base of Winter Park Resort. $20 entry fee; $39 lift and entry fee, $15 employee entry fee. Limited to the first 100 participants. 18 and over, must show proof of age. Day of registration only, no pre-registration is available. You must be present to register.
LIVE MUSIC in the Plaza from 2-6pm
For more race details, contact the Winter Park Resort guest information hotline at 970.726.1564.
Lodging prices are at the lowest of the ski season for Spring Splash, so be safe and stay a few nights and enjoy some great deals on Winter Park CO. Lodging.
Chris January 20th, 2010