We regret to inform you that the 69th Natty Light Pondskim at Pine Tree Ridge Ski Area has been canceled. Nestle, a Swiss company known for water, food, and chocolate acquired the rights to pump groundwater from the leased land the mountain sits on. The pond for the event scheduled for Saturday, has been drained for Nestle's new water company "Alpine Stream".
"It's a real shame because this event has been a big part of this mom and pop ski town for years" Chad Smith who volunteers part time at the ski area when he's not at his full time job at The Gap.
Tanner Hall, who attended 7 of the pond skim events said "IT'S SUCH A BUMMER TO LOSE AN EVENT LIKE THIS. THE ENERGY WHEN YOU'RE CLICKING YOUR BOOTS INTO YOUR SKIS WAS DYNAMITE."
Nestle declined to comment on the event but their spokesperson told us "You can purchase crystal clear Alpine Stream water at a retailer near you for only $3.50 a case".
The company says that people should have no fear, but some locals aren't so sure about the recent situation. "The Pine Ridge pond is usually only around 50 feet. There are several larger ponds, some even as big as 100 feet at other local ski areas! What happens when Nestle decides to drain them as well?"
A rep from Anheuser-Busch told us that they were looking into donating 1,125 kegs of beer to the event to fill the pond with Natty Light and hold the event regardless. There is also talk of building an adjacent 10 foot pond filled with Busch NA for competitors who are younger than 21 or generally afraid of having a good time.
Though the situation looks dire, community members are holding out hope, that this event will not only happen, but be the best year yet! For any questions and concerns about the event you can contact Pine Tree Ridge Ski Area at 867-5309.