Whitewater stages winter celebration

Robbie Kalabis airs off a fallen tree on his telemark skis recently at Whitewater Ski Resort - Samuel Dobrin
Robbie Kalabis airs off a fallen tree on his telemark skis recently at Whitewater Ski Resort
— image credit: Samuel Dobrin

Whitewater hosts its third annual winter celebration this weekend.

This year, the Whitewater Winter Carnival will feature the Gericks Summit Cup, a first annual dual slalom race for both skiers and snowboarders.

“It’s a weekend celebration of winter. It’s a family fun event,” said Rebeckah Hornung, of the Whitewater Ski Resort.

Those interested in participating can register for the Summit Cup in advance for $15 or the day of for $20 at either Gerick’s Bike and Ski Shop or the Whitewater downtown office.

The two-day event will also include a snow sculpting competition and marshmallow roasting.

“After the day of activities on the hill, Adham Shaikh is a DJ playing in the lodge with a buffet dinner starting at 5:30 p.m.,” said Hornung.

“The chefs at Whitewater put on an amazing spread of buffet feed and then we do a torchlight parade down the mountain.”

Following the torchlight parade, fireworks will close off the evening.

Marshmallow roasting and sculpture viewing continues on Sunday, but in celebration of Avalanche Awareness Days, a companion rescue and beacon olympics will occur in the early afternoon.

“It’s just basically a fun activity for our seasons pass holders and any locals that want to get out to the hill and have a unique experience and just to celebrate winter.

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