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Whitetail festival draws skiers and snowboarders

March 07, 2004|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

MERCERSBURG, Pa. -A display of bikinis and mosquito torches mixed with skis and ski poles represented the mix of beach and ski themes Saturday at Whitetail Mountain Resort.

Despite non-tropical temperatures, Springfest 2004 drew skiers and snowboarders to Caribbean-style festivities Saturday.

Pink plastic flamingoes with whirling wings adorned potted plants, and vinyl coconut palms bent over in the breeze.

Some people wore tropical shirts, shorts, straw hats and Caribbean-style necklaces, while others dressed in more traditional ski attire.

One woman had a pink flower stuck in the back of her ski helmet.

Gray skies caused the cancellation of the mountain bike race, and the bump contest was cut short due to a heavy rain shower.

But while they waited out the storm, winter sports enthusiasts could console themselves with coconut chicken, banana bread, grilled Jamaican pork sandwiches, black bean salsa, fruit chutney, fruit kabobs and tropical drinks, and listen to live music in the ski lodge.

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According to Judy Boyd, resort service manager, the event gets bigger every year.

Today's big spectator draw is the pond skimming event, Boyd said.

A large, lined pond will be dug at the base of the mountain, and skiers and snowboarders will come down the trails and try to skim the entire length of the pond without sinking.

"It gets a little chilly," she said.

Also today, a Cardboard Derby race at Whitetail Adventure Tubing will benefit Cedar Ridge Boys Home in Williamsport, Boyd said.

Two people get in the vessel, which is made only of cardboard, glue and tape, and another person pushes it.

There also will be a raffle for a dog sled ride on the back slope of Whitetail for the benefit of the ski patrol.

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