Robbie Kalabis airs off a fallen tree on his telemark skis recently at Whitewater Ski Resort

Whitewater stages winter celebration

Whitewater hosts its third annual winter celebration this weekend.

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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