Ski Freeze

The annual New Year’s Day Ski Freeze has become a long running tradition in Port Indian.  It all started as a bet in 1979 between some river folks about who was going to start the waterski season earlier, finally daring each other to go for a ski on Jan. 1.  Some years later, it morphed into a charity event to benefit Camp Rainbow, here in Montgomery County.

Ski Freeze is a fun, family-oriented event that is part Polar Plunge, part outdoor feast, and part celebration carried over from New Year’s Eve.  Skiers offer donations for the opportunity to take a New Year’s day ski or wakeboard ride.  Costumes are encouraged…  Drysuits and wetsuits will be razzed off the dock…  Some skiers get dunked at the start, many get dunked at the finish.  Occasionally, a skier manages to stay (somewhat) dry by executing a perfect landing at the dock, to the cheers of spectators. 

This year will be our 37th annual Ski Freeze, and it promises to be bigger than ever!   This year we will be serving soups and chili from Kettle Cuisine, pork sandwiches from Bridgeport Rib House, hot dogs and brats from Dietz and Watson, plus hot coffee, hot chocolate, hotr cider, and many other dishes and baked goods.  There will be lots of music, a 50/50 raffle, basket raffle, and a live auction.

It’s a fun time for spectators and skiers alike, and a great way to start off the New Year along the Schuykill River.  It promises to be a fun afternoon for a worthy cause.

The 37th Annual Port Indian Ski Freeze will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Jan. 1 at #18 East Indian Lane, located next to the Norristown Boat Club. The event is free, but donations for Camp Rainbow Inc. are appreciated. For more information on the event, email

To donate to Camp Rainbow Inc., visit and click on the donate button.

About Camp Rainbow: Camp Rainbow is a non-profit 501c3 organization that fosters the sharing of ideas, philosophy, knowledge, beliefs, values and passions between children and adults, in order to create constructive solutions, and build a healthy community where we all grow as instruments for positive change. For more info, see their website at