A tradition that began in 1980, the skiers have taken to the water every year, only calling it off if the water has been frozen over.
As recently as Sunday morning, Dec. 31, representatives for Grand City Show Skiers said the event was a go, but the group was forced to cancel after checking the lake in the afternoon.
“It’s a tradition for us, but we’ve also had some great weather the last couple of years so I guess we were due,” said Calli Scheele, marketing coordinator for the group.
The group stays busy over the summer with a number of different clinics and water shows around Michigan in places like Silver Lake, Grand Haven and Coldwater — and entertain close to 10,000 people.
The Grand City Show Skiers features skiers of all ages and skiing experience, and they have won various awards including their first Michigan State Show Championship in 1993 and the national championship in 2010.
The group will begin preparing for the upcoming season of shows and, according to the group, they already have eight events scheduled.
For more information about the Grand City Show Skiers, including where you can see them this summer, visit their website at grandcityshowskiers.org.