Montana’s Big Sky Resort plans to run its lifts for skiing and snowboarding through April 15 this year. During the last week of the season, the resort is offering two discount days and then finishing with its unique pond skimming competition.

The first discount day is scheduled for April 10. Montana college students can play hooky from classes and spend the day on the slopes at Big Sky for $19. The tickets must be purchase in advance online.

Students from Montana colleges will need to bring their college identification or proof of enrollment to the ticket window at the resort in order to redeem the online voucher. Tickets are limited to one per student, and they must be purchase by 3 p.m. on April 9.

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Crowds gather for the annual pond skimming competition at the end of Big Sky's season. Photo by Chad Jones/Big Sky Resort.

On April 11, anyone can ski for $29. The discount requires an advance purchase online, and the sale must be completed by 3 p.m. on April 10. The discounted tickets are limited to one per person. Purchasers must bring ID and the confirmation number to the ticket window to receive the discounted lift ticket for the day.

Neither discount is available at the ticket window at the resort on the day of the event. The discounts are only available online.

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Big Sky ups the thrills at pond skimming with two ponds connected by a four-foot drop. Photo by Whitney Davis. Courtesy of Big Sky Resort.

Big Sky’s annual pond skimming event is scheduled for April 14, the day prior to the resort’s final day for the season on April 15. Big Sky's pond skimming bumps up the difficulty with their “step-down” pond creation. Two ponds are built with a four-foot drop separating the two. The double pond challenge makes for a 20-30 percent success rate, which means big splats and splashes — just what the crowd loves.