The Association des Francophone des Kootenays Oeste singing alongside a giant marionette at the Winter Carnival at Whitewater. Festivities continue Sunday.

The Association des Francophone des Kootenays Oeste singing alongside a giant marionette at the Winter Carnival at Whitewater. Festivities continue Sunday.

A festive winter carnival

Whitewater was full of fun activities today complete with a fire pit to warm up and roast marshmallows. Avalanche awareness day is tomorrow.



The 6th annual Whitewater Winter Carnival was in full swing today and continues Sunday.

A scavenger hunt today had many children searching the slopes  and a giant marionette was accompanied by singers from the Association des Francophones des Kootenays Ouest. Many folks enjoyed the fire pit and roasted marshmallows while snow sculpting artistry turned pillars of snow into a decorated and functional luge, and large artic fox.  The sweet maple taffy tasting was popular.

Of course, the fresh snow yesterday made for good skiing on the hill too.

Sofiella Watt and the Huckleberry Bandits started the live music, followed by the Good Ol’ Goats.

A torch light parade will brighten the slopes and fireworks were to end the evening.

On Sunday avalanche awareness days will be in the forefront with the Beacon Olympics sponsored by www.backcountryskiingcananda.com, Nelson Search and Rescue information booth, an avalanche rescue demonstration at 1 p.m., and perhaps a visit from Whitewater’s Avalanche Rescue Dog in Training, Exie.

The fourth annual Gerick’s Summit Cup has a new location this year on Upper Jackpot to Upper Silver Ledge making it a great spectators sport for those not competing  in this skier/boarder dual slalom race, a course with berms, pro jumps and small table tops.

For more details visit skiwhitewater.com.