Though the snow may be melting from your yard, Twin Cities ski areas are serving up a number of events over the next few days. In many though not all cases, you'll need to pay a modest fee, in addition to having a lift ticket.
Buck Hill will be hosting another competition tonight. It's called the "Tower Jam," and it's a pole jam. (Don't know what a pole jam is? See this video from my friend, Jonathan Tollefson).
Welch Village will have its pond-skipping contest on Saturday, March 16. Registration starts at the Madd Jaxx bar at 11:30 a.m., and the event itself kicks off at 1:00 p.m. You might win a prize for the best costume or skip, or (if you're of legal age), at least get another chance to drink green beer.
Wild Mountain will have a pond-skipping event on Saturday as well. Registration starts at noon, with the competition beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Trollhaugen will be having a rail contest, also on Saturday, starting at 1:00 p.m. It will feature local rider Austin Young, who is also a member of the Arbor snowboarding team. The top cash prize is $600.
If you'd like to keep your clothes dry, try out Boxzilla, a series of boxes that Wild Mountain will be set up end-to-end-to-end from the top to the bottom of the Front Stage slope. Boxzilla will be up on both Saturday and Sunday.
Afton Alps recently set up a terrain park on chair 1, and it supplements the features available elsewhere on the property. If you'd like to get in some racing, the NASTAR course (ski gates only) will be open on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area is the only ski area to be calling it quits. It will close for the season on Sunday, March 17.