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Slush Cup to draw hundreds to Ski Martock

Not every participant at the Slush Cup is so lucky.
Not every participant at the Slush Cup is so lucky.

MARTOCK, N.S. - Seventy-five brave souls will speed down one of the hills at Ski Martock, with a large pond of water as their destination, on March 25. If they can make it across, they win; if they don’t, the crowd wins.

Andy MacLean, general manager of Ski Martock, isn’t entirely sure when the Slush Cup began, but estimates this is the 30th year for the event.

“We’re not entirely sure when the first one was because there were a lot of unofficial ones as well,” MacLean said. “We’re looking through some old photos we have, but we know it evolved from a puddle that appeared as the snow melted.”

Hundreds will watch skiers and snowboarders intentionally attempt to glide their way across a pool of cold, muddy water to help ring in spring and finish off the snow sports season.

“It is really a celebration of spring arriving and the winter passing,” he said. “What makes it popular is not necessarily people reveling in the success of those that make it across, I really think it’s more the enjoyment of people not making it across - I could be wrong.”

Based on the reactions of the crowd during past Slush Cup events, it’s hard to argue with that.

Costumes are also a treat for onlookers, and MacLean said one enthusiastic participant is planning on riding down the hill as Darth Vader from Star Wars.

The weather is forecast to be six degrees and mostly sunny, which will only add to the spring feeling.

Andy MacLean, general manager of Ski Martock, isn’t entirely sure when the Slush Cup began, but estimates this is the 30th year for the event.

“We’re not entirely sure when the first one was because there were a lot of unofficial ones as well,” MacLean said. “We’re looking through some old photos we have, but we know it evolved from a puddle that appeared as the snow melted.”

Hundreds will watch skiers and snowboarders intentionally attempt to glide their way across a pool of cold, muddy water to help ring in spring and finish off the snow sports season.

“It is really a celebration of spring arriving and the winter passing,” he said. “What makes it popular is not necessarily people reveling in the success of those that make it across, I really think it’s more the enjoyment of people not making it across - I could be wrong.”

Based on the reactions of the crowd during past Slush Cup events, it’s hard to argue with that.

Costumes are also a treat for onlookers, and MacLean said one enthusiastic participant is planning on riding down the hill as Darth Vader from Star Wars.

The weather is forecast to be six degrees and mostly sunny, which will only add to the spring feeling.

Greg Kerr and Kimberley Sutherland made history by completing the Slush Cup together - on the same board.

“It’s great for pass holders and those who don’t ski or snowboard themselves, for many it’s actually their first trip to the hill,” he said.

There are lots of activities planned throughout the day, including a snowboard event called Youth Gone Wild, which MacLean says is the oldest youth snowboarding event in the world.

“It’s been going on for longer than any other,” he said. “It’s for kids from 13 all the way down to three years old in some cases.”

Snowboard Nova Scotia will also be holding an auction during the Slush Cup and the Ski Patrol will be hosting a BBQ and a ski lift coin toss.

“It’s really a festival-feel to the day,” he said.

The Slush Cup gets underway at 1 p.m. on March 25, with the season at Ski Martock wrapping up officially on March 27.

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