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Slush Cup event dares Edmonton skiiers to make it over pools of pure slush

It’s part of a new festival called the Slush Cup

Skiiers and snowboarders of all ages will be challenged to make it across a slush-filled pond as part of the Slush Cup festival.

Supplied/Michelle Zenon

Skiiers and snowboarders of all ages will be challenged to make it across a slush-filled pond as part of the Slush Cup festival.

A new Edmonton festival is challenging people to ski or snowboard across an Olympic-sized pond filled with slush without falling in.

It’s part of a Make Something Edmonton project called Slush Cup, and an Edmonton Ski Club volunteer is behind it.

“It’s an event that’s done at a lot of ski hills around the world usually at the closing of the season when the snows start to melt,” says Michelle Zenon, with the ski club.

“Usually it’s a crazy event. People get dressed up in costumes, and if it’s warm enough they’ll wear a bathing suit. Most people don’t make it across and they end up getting wet. It’s a fun way to end the ski season.” 

Last year, the Edmonton Ski Club held a small but successful slush race for the skiing community for the first time.

Zenon says she wanted to open it up the event to the public, and make it bigger and better.

As part of the festival, which Zenon hopes will become an annual event, there will also be a Tower Pad Slide race (10 people on large pads will put on helmets and race down the hill), a dummy race by University of Alberta engineering students, and a tug-of-war competition on skis.

Zenon says she hopes the Slush Cup festival, which will take place at the Edmonton Ski Club on March 19, will become an annual event. 

“There’s nothing like this in Edmonton as far as I know. It’s a fun reason to just get outside and see something like that,” she says.

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