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JBER celebrates thaw at Hillberg Ski Area 2018 Slush Cup

Hillberg Ski Area personnel prepare the pit area for the 2018 Slush Cup at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018. The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling.

Hillberg Ski Area personnel prepare the pit area for the 2018 Slush Cup at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018. The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling.

Laura Long puts her participation number on for the 2018 Slush Cup at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018. The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling.

Laura Long puts her participation number on for the 2018 Slush Cup at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018. The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling.

Pedro Pena and Courtney Duran, participants of the 2018 Slush Cup, sit on a ski lift at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018. The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling.

Pedro Pena and Courtney Duran, participants of the 2018 Slush Cup, sit on a ski lift at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018. The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling.

Ben Fenaughty, a participant of the 2018 Slush Cup, skids across the pond to the finish line at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018. The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling.

Ben Fenaughty, a participant of the 2018 Slush Cup, skids across the pond to the finish line at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018. The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling.

Laura Long, a participant of the 2018 Slush Cup, skis into the slush pond at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018. The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling.

Laura Long, a participant of the 2018 Slush Cup, skis into the slush pond at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018. The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling.

Ross Funches, a participant of the 2018 Slush Cup, swims to the finish line at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018.The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling.

Ross Funches, a participant of the 2018 Slush Cup, swims to the finish line at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018.The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling.

Personnel and families take part in the 2018 Slush Cup at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018. The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling.

Personnel and families take part in the 2018 Slush Cup at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018. The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling.

John Androski, a participant of the 2018 Slush Cup, interacts with the crowd after completing his jump at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018. The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling.

John Androski, a participant of the 2018 Slush Cup, interacts with the crowd after completing his jump at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018. The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling.

The 2018 Slush Cup participants congratulate the winners at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018.The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling. This year included Best Splash and Best overall categories as well as second and third place winners.

The 2018 Slush Cup participants congratulate the winners at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018.The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling. This year included Best Splash and Best overall categories as well as second and third place winners.

The 2018 Slush Cup participants stand as a group at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018. The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling.
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The 2018 Slush Cup participants stand as a group at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018. The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling.

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Personnel and families take part in the 2018 Slush Cup at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hillberg Ski Area, March 18, 2018. The Slush Cup is a two-fold annual event celebrating the change in weather, consisting of skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a man-made slush pond without falling.