Celebrating 40 years of Little Crow Ski

A three-tier pyramid skis across the river during the Little Crow Ski show July 12 at Neer Park in New London. The pyramid formation can even go up to five tiers. Erica Dischino / Tribune

NEW LONDON — The Little Crow Ski Team has been showcasing its talent for decades — four to be exact. This year the New London-based water ski team is celebrating 40 years of water skiing in west central Minnesota. From costumes to members, the annual ski show has grown over the years and generations of families have been involved.

The team formed in 1979 with just 15 members. Forty years later, more than 100 people ranging in age from 6 to 60 years old participate in the annual ski show. The Little Crow Ski Team is regarded as one of the premier water ski teams in the area and has won multiple titles in the Midwest Regional Tournaments.

Photographs of the Little Crow Ski Team are displayed for the 40th anniversary exhibit at Kensington Bank in Willmar. The memorabilia will be showcased at the bank through Aug. 30, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Erica Dischino/Tribune

Directed by Andrew Welter, this year’s show theme is “Welcome to Crow County." The performers collectively use 35 pairs of pyramid skis, 30 ballet skis, 20 pairs of Connelly fiberglass jump skis and 30 pairs of combo skis. These numbers do not include the other various skis used in specialty and clown routines.


The skis used in the show are stored in trailers and brought out once practice begins. Every water act has its own set of ropes that pull the water skiers. Over three miles of ski ropes are used for each show and must be rolled up after every act.

There are 13 shows in this year's schedule performed throughout the summer at Neer Park. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Friday in July and 7 p.m. in August. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Neer Park is located at 311 Second Ave. S.E. in New London, along the scenic Crow River, just off state Highway 23.

For more information, visit or their Facebook Page at “ Little Crow Ski Team .”

Erica Dischino is a photojournalist for the West Central Tribune and Forum News Service. She grew up in northern New Jersey and has lived in the Midwest since 2017. She enjoys photographing the stories of west central Minnesota from county fairs, parades and pandemics. Feel free to contact her at or 320-894-8865 with your best photo ideas.
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