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Ski team to launch into new season

What happens in the cove off Windjammer Park – well, they may not go quite that far. But there will be a Las Vegas vibe lighting up summer evenings in Tega Cay.

The Carolina Show Ski Team kicks off its show season June 1, running at 7 p.m. Friday nights at Windjammer through Aug. 17. There won’t be a show June 22, with the team of about 45 members heading to Tampa, Fla., for a southern regional tournament. This year’s show is titled “Ski Vegas!”

“It’s exciting show skiing,” said board member Becky Fox. “There will be barefoot water skiing, synchronized ballet and human pyramids.”

The nonprofit team performs at public and private events, but also holds regular learn-to-ski days and promotes community causes. They worked with about 30 children in learn-to-ski events this spring. Team members range from age 5 to older than 55, Fox said.

The ski team began in 1988. In recent years they’ve applied for and brought in more grants, growing the group. They’re working with the city of Tega Cay and lake authorities on a proposal to allow the club to build two permanent platforms and a ski jump on the east side of Windjammer. The structures also would be available for community use. The approvals would allow Tega Cay to host the southern regional competition.

“Still waiting on paperwork,” Fox said. “We’re hoping that things are going to work out. We know that it’ll be a significant contribution to the community.”

Charlie Funderburk, operations director for Tega Cay, said a decision on the structures is expected by the end of summer.

“We are still going through the (federal regulatory) permitting process,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll have a decision in the next 60 to 90 days.”

For more information about the team, visit carolinashowski.com.

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