We're Hosting Sloshwicking This Saturday. What in the World is Sloshwicking?
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Written by Kristie Adonizio & Andreas Panos
Here at Sugarbush we pioneered an event called Sloshwicking back in 1971. Sloshwicking is a race to the finish in a figure eight style course up and down a trail where contestants have one ski, one snowshoe and a broom in their hands. Each person can use any strategy, within reason, to complete the course with the fastest time. The funny thing about this event is that even though we were the first to bring it to the ski slopes, people have been doing this for generations!
The sport actually began as a combat strategy in the nineteenth century. Baron Wilhelm Von Stunghl, Commander-in-Chief of Schleswig’s army had to improvise when a shipment of what should have been muskets and knapsacks turned out to be brooms and snowshoes. Von Stunghl decided that they needed to make the best out the situation, so he outfitted his soldiers with one ski, one snowshoe, and a broom. Because of the snowy conditions and steep slopes, they were actually able to overtake the invading army. This strategy worked well in these areas until the invention of the helicopter in 1948. Sloshwicking became a lost art in the 1950s because it was no longer used in training and it wasn't played as a sport. In 1964, a history student at an Ivy League college found some old papers describing how sloshwicking was used to win the war. He ended up writing his Ph.D. thesis on sloshwicking and it won honors. In 1971 during a blizzard in Vermont, Sugarbush became the first place in the U.S. to bring back the sport. The game can be played by people of any skiing ability from total beginners to experts.
This season at Sugarbush we are bringing back this decades-old tradition for one day to help celebrate our 60th anniversary. Saturday, March 2nd come by Lincoln Peak and sign up to compete in this legendary event, you won't regret it! We supply the snowshoes and broom, all you need is one ski, one boot, and the ambition to test your skills against your fellow snow sports enthusiasts. If you're not interested in participating, spectators are more then welcome!