About Us

About Eskimo Escapades

Shut Up and Ski

Eskimo Escapades Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not for profit that conducts a winter water ski charity event in downtown Knoxville every January.  Each year participants have to raise of minimum amount (which can vary) to water ski/tube/ride/foot or even ride a stool on a disc around a 1/2 mile lap on Ft. Loudon Lake at Volunteer Landing in a brand new tournament ski boat. 

 The boats are provided by Sunny Marina.  We will have a limited number of wetsuits available provided by Ski/Scuba, and ski equipment provided by the Patricia Neal IRC. Each skier is free to bring and use their own equipment as well.  After they ski, they can warm up in a hot tub provided by Aurora Pools, Spas and Billiards. 

Registration includes a tow and a short sleeve or long sleeve shirt.

Our History

21 Great Years

  • 2014
  • 2006
  • 1995
  • 2003
  • 1997
  • 2005

After 20 years, we are still going strong and raising money for three great organizations.

Breaking Records

2006 was the first year that BWXT Y-12 in Oak Ridge sponsored the whole event and in doing so was instrumental in bringing in a record $40,000.

Eskimo Escapades Dives In

Eskimo Escapades was formed by John Cox, David Bernheim, John Tillett, and Buddy Coomer and held its first event in 1995 at Ned Ray McWherter Park in Knoxville, TN on January 14, 1995.

Even Colder

2003 was extremely cold again, with a high temperature of 27 degrees, recovery from a 3 inch snow on Thursday evening, and only 82 skiers. Even with the cold, snow, and drop in skiers, the event still raised $23,000 for its two local charities.

Moving Up

After two great years, Eskimo Escapades moves to its present location at Volunteer Landing in downtown Knoxville, TN. That year the water temperature was a particularly chilly 37 degrees and the air temperature high was 28 degrees. It was painfully cold and there was a big drop in the number of skiers, but the event still did well.

Record Numbers

The event continued to grow with a record 150 skiers in 2005.

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Fulfilling Dreams
The Dream Connection

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling the special dreams of children ages 3-18 who are faced with life threatening or chronically debilitating illnesses in the East Tennessee area. A "dream come true" to a child can give back, in some small way, that which disease and illness have taken away.

Removing Barriers
Patricia Neal IRC

Innovation is new and creative ways in which individuals with a disability are able to participate. Recreation is the medium that is used to enhance education and awareness of the participants. Cooperative is the group of individuals who support, nurture, and mentor using their expertise and talents to make the clinic a success.

Exploring What's Possible
Adventure Amputee Camp

The mission of the Adventure Amputee Camp is to encourage children with amputations or limb differences to stretch their potential and imagination, and explore all that is possible. Depending on the season, camp activities may include river rafting, high ropes, water skiing or snow skiing and snow boarding.