Ski enthusiasts risk icy plunge
WENTWORTH - Bruce Treby had so much fun gliding across the ice-cold water here Sunday he decided to try it again.
Unfortunately, the 22-year-old New Glasgow native wasn't as lucky on his second attempt.
"It was chilly," he said moments after climbing out of the frigid waters. It was "cold at first but after a few minutes it was not too shabby."
The snowboarder was one of 35 people, some as young as seven, to take part in aquaneige, a crowd-pleasing event where skiers and snowboarders try to navigate across a 100-foot long pool of ice water.
Some were lucky and made it through easily, others took a dip in the drink.
Ski Wentworth general manager Leslie Wilson said the event has been a tradition for at least a decade.
"It's always a lot of fun for all the brave souls who are willing to plunge themselves into the water," she said.
The event is always held on the third week of March. Staff spent about six hours on Saturday preparing the pool and worked hard Sunday filling it.
Wilson said there were no injuries and added the participants were all very skilled athletes.
"If you're going to do this, you want to know what you're doing," she said.
The hill will be closing on March 30 after one of its busiest seasons, thanks to an early start, in a number of years.
Awards were handed out to some of the competitors including Amy Chandler (first girl skier to finish), seven-year-old Matthew Stevens (youngest competitor), Bruce Treby (first snowboarder to finish), Christian Hart (first male skier to finish) and Adam Tattrie (first to finish).