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Ski season comes to a close with weekend of festivities

Ski season comes to a close with weekend of festivities

— That's a wrap!

To close out the 2015-16 ski season in Steamboat Springs, there was plenty of sunshine, the spectacle of competitors dressed in costumes racing down in crafts or on skis and snowboards, Ozomalti's surprise visit to perform within the crowd and Leftover Salmon's rambunctiously dynamic performance.

Explore Steamboat caught up with a few of the Splashdown Pond Skim and Cardboard Classic competitors, who talked about the key to their successes and what they love about Closing Weekend.

Splashdown Pond Skim

"We loved the shark, Cheech and Chong — who went tandem — and Will Cheesebro, who is and has been a crowd favorite for … years," said Sara Graham, one the Pond Skim judges. "It was a great end to the 2016 season, with sunny skies and smiles all around."

Jimmy Howe – Gingerbread Man

How many years have you competed in the pond skim: First year

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What made you want to compete this year: This is my second season as a ski instructor, and I've always wanted to do the pond skim and finally had the chance to this year.

What is the key to a successful pond skim: It takes a lot of balance. It's water skiing, and that's what you need to stay up.

Favorite thing about Closing Weekend: All of the activities.

Kris Plate – Yeti Man

How many years have you competed in the pond skim: This is my second

What made you want to compete this year: Wanted to give it a try and participate with my daughter, Kylie, who dressed up as a peacock. I told her it was going to be really warm water.

What is the key to a successful pond skim: You have to be able to bend your knees and try not to fall. Also, getting enough speed is the key.

Favorite thing about Closing Weekend: I just like how there is no pressure, and you can just hang out and have fun. There's music, and you get to wear a Yeti suit. I like seeing everyone dressed up in all of the costumes having a good time and enjoying the sunshine.

Bryant Jenkins – red suspenders

How many years have you competed in the pond skim: This is my first year.

What made you want to compete this year: The tradition of it.

What is the key to a successful pond skim: The height of the jump and the sunlight for the day. You have to make sure you're having a good, fun time there up on the mountain.

Favorite thing about Closing Weekend: Having fun, enjoying the sun and being a part of this community. I really liked the shark and Super Woman costume. I think next year, I might have to have a cape. It adds a bit more flair to the end as you are coming across the water.

Jason McNeil – red wig and wife’s swimsuit

How many years have you competed in the pond skim: First year, and it was amazing

What made you want to compete this year: I had a bunch of friends up for the weekend and thought it would be awesome to give it a try

What is the key to a successful pond skim: Less clothing is better, so it doesn't get as wet. If you go in with too much, you will be slopped down, and you don't want that.

Favorite thing about Closing Weekend: I would say this (the pond skim) is, by far. It's the best.

Cardboard Classic

Brandon Moore – “Family Guy”

Teammates: Wesley Farrar as Stewie, Chase Haller as Brian, Chad Haller as Joe, Rob Norton as Peter and Moore as Quagmire.

How many years have you competed in the Cardboard Classic: First year

What inspired you to create this craft: My roommate, Rob, made a Quagmire (Family Guy character) mask for Halloween, and it turned out so good, we wanted to make more for the Cardboard Classic.

What was the creation process like: Used the required materials, and we had five guys working five hours a night for about six days. We put a lot of work and effort into it. We had spent about $200 on supplies and had been saving cardboard for about two or three months. Rob was the one that airbrushed the masks and craft.

Favorite thing about Closing Weekend: The whole kit and caboodle, from this to the pond skim — the fact that it's springtime and that there was sunshine.

Sally Lambert – “Happiness in a Bottle”

Teammates: Connor Chapman, Gabe Gray, Allie Keefe, Caroline Landers, Taylor Graham, Jade Henderson and Suzy Magill

How many years have you competed in the Cardboard Classic: Three years with kids from Soda Creek Elementary and Strawberry Park Elementary math teams

What inspired you to create this craft: At the heart of engineering is problem solving, figuring things out and finding ways to work through it all. That's kind of how the math teams — and then, this project with the kids — started. The kids brainstormed ideas after looking at the requirement checklist. In the past, we were inspired by the Coca-Cola category, and we've stuck with that.

What was the creation process like: The kids started meeting before school in March, and we taught them the engineering process of how they go about tackling a problem. After they had their ideas, they used a 3D design system on my husband's computer that helped create the craft. It took about seven hours of build time, with about four to seven kids working on it and their penguin costumes.

Favorite thing about Closing Weekend: I love all of the activities and the festive spirit. Every year, I look forward to the Cardboard Classic to see how the kids will do. To see the stuff that they come up with is so fun.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

Results of the 2016 Splashdown Pond Skim

1st place: “Pappa Cheese” – Will Chesebro

2nd place: “Team Lowrider” – David Burford & Mike Maroney

3rd place: “Dancing Snow Shark” – Brooks Hinkle

4h place: “Amy Vandyken” – Jason McNeil

5th place: “Cool Carter” – Carter Allen

The results of the 2016 Cardboard Classic:

Best Costume: “Flyin Emojies”

Best Engineering: “Happiness in a Bottle”

Best Individual Craft: “Kittens”

Best Reproduction: “Spirit of Akasha”

Coca-Cola Classic: Coke Can

Judge’s Choice: “Pac Man”

Crowd Favorite: Family Guy

Most Creative: Silver Bullet