NORRISTOWN This is the season for snow skiing, not water skiing. But at the annual Port Indian Ski Freeze, organizers say, they'll shiver for a good cause.

The fund-raiser will bring water skiers out on the Schuylkill at Norristown on New Year's Day. The weather that day should be just above freezing, with a high of 36 degrees.

"The skier generally tries not to get wet, but it's usually just not possible," said Brian Birsa, president of the Port Indian Ski Club. "That's part of the excitement and fun of it."

The event has been held every year since 1979.

Participation fees and donations will go to benefit Camp Rainbow, a nonprofit summer camp in Lower Salford Township that takes children from across Montgomery County for a weeklong camping experience.

Birsa said some experience - and a waiver - are required to participate.

"Ideally you'll know how to water ski. It's not a good time to learn," he said.

There will be a fire pit, a warming hut, hot food, and drinks for participants and spectators.

The club hopes to raise $3,000 this year, Birsa said.

The event will be held Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. at 18 E. Indian Lane, next to the Norristown Boat Club. - Jessica Parks