Dartmouth Winter Carnival
Watch the Big Green skiers go for win #4!
It’s winter carnival time and in its honor winter is back in
Beyond the fun and games, there’s some exciting competition to
get your blood running. So far the Big Green skiers have won all three
winter carnivals of 2017, and are trying for their 4th on home turf.
That would be sweet and you can be there.
Carnivals are scored by counting the top three competitors in men and women, in each of the two Nordic and Alpine events. So, a team win is a true group effort. Supporting that is a lot of cheering and energy from teammates, family and fans. That’s where you come in!
GS action starts atop Worden's
Once again this year, the Nordies—the Nordic skiers, who compete
in Classic and Freestyle— have their competition far away in Craftsbury, VT, because
Mother Nature kicked in just a little late for Oak Hill to be a go. But the
Pineys—the Alpine skiers, competing in giant slalom and slalom—are right in
Lyme at the Dartmouth Skiway. These skiers are among the best in the country,
and many have gone on to World Cup and Olympic competition for the US and their
home countries. Quite simply, this is a front row seat to World Class skiing.
So that’s one good reason to come out to the Skiway to watch the Giant Slalom
Friday and the Slalom Saturday.
Here are a few more:
- As mentioned, Dartmouth has won all three carnivals so far in 2017—Saint Lawrence, UNH and UVM. They won the UVM carnival last week by a whopping 200 points. That is HUGE!
- A Dartmouth skier has won 13 of the 24 Nordic and Alpine events this carnival season. Those are good green odds!
The Dartmouth Carnival is always the closest carnival to
V- Day, so love is in the air. Pink hair and heart shaped cookies are encouraged.
Conditions at the Dartmouth Skiway are awesome! Make a few turns
between cheering on the racers, and don’t forget the fries. Skiway fries are legend.
It’s 99 ROCK day at the Skiway, with $1 lift
tickets for Dartmouth Students.
- Who To Watch? All of them! In Alpine the four Dartmouth athletes who have scored individual wins are: Alexa Dlouhy, Tanguy Nef, Foreste Peterson and Thomas Woolson. For the women, Middlebury’s Caroline Bartlett won the St Lawrence Carnival GS by nearly four seconds (AKA a country mile), and UVM’s Paula Moltzan has SL moves fresh of the World Cup. For men, UVM’s Gabriel Coulet is coming off last week’s GS win and St. Michael’s Guillaume Grand tops the SL standings. But there’s no need to get picky. Watch them all, because these teams are DEEP and anything can happen on race day.
The Slalom start on Thomas, waiting for action.
If you just can’t make the short drive to the Skiway, there are
of course other ways to get your carnival on. This marks Year 2 of having no
official snow sculpture on the green. You can, however, get your fix by watching
or participating in the ice
sculpture contest. And there is plenty of wintery action and fun at the Occom Pond Party, Saturday Feb 11, 12pm to 3pm. If you’ve
got little kids, you’ve got to be there. Period. Ok, after you watch
the ski races. Check out the full list of carnival events here, including the opening celebration tonight at 7:30.
Carnival Schedule at the Dartmouth Skiway:
Friday: GS on Worden's. Women’s first run kicks off 9 am, men at 10:15. Women’s second run 12:30, men 1:30
Saturday: SL on Thomas. Men’s first run 9 am, women at 10:15. Men’s second run 12:15, women 1:15.