SKI-S.I.: The Ski Sprites Are Back With a New Theme

Ski Sprites Water Ski Show is sleuthing with this year’s CSI theme

Barbara Arnold, photos by Ricci Wagner

PARTNERS IN CRIME. The Ski Sprites are back and will be showcasing their Ski-SI themed event at Altoona Beach.
PARTNERS IN CRIME. The Ski Sprites are back and will be showcasing their Ski-S-I-themed event at Altoona Beach.

Just in “crime” for summer, the first Ski Sprites Water Ski Show of the club’s season will be at 6:30pm on Sunday, June 5, at Lake Altoona Beach. After practicing inside on “dry land” over the winter, the club’s 50-plus members started practicing in the chilly water a couple of weeks ago.

This year’s show theme is “Ski-S.I.: A Crime Scene Investigation,” and will be a thriller. The club performs at Lake Altoona Beach every Sunday and Wednesday nights from early June through Labor Day starting at 6:30 pm. The cost is $5 for a county parking pass, and then a hat is passed at the show for free-will donations.

Now in its 62nd year, the club was founded in 1960 by a group of six young skiers who saw the need for organized water skiing in the Chippewa Valley. The club posted a video on YouTube titled “Top Ten Reasons to See a Ski Sprites Show”: 1) Exceptional Family Entertainment, 2) Ballet, 3) Wake Boarding, 4) Trios, 5) Jumps, 6) Pyramids, 7) Barefooting, 8) Boating Fun, 9) Great Food and Drinks, and 10) A Night at the Beach. So grab your Sherlock hats and your magnifying glasses, and don’t miss the extraordinary waterskiing performance by the Ski Sprites this summer at Lake Altoona Beach.

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