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97th Annual Winter Carnival

Continuing the tradition of the oldest student-run Winter Carnival in the nation

The 97th Annual Middlebury College Winter Carnival will be held from February 27-29, 2020.

For the last 97 years the students of Middlebury have gathered in the cold of winter for three days of fun, frolic and snow! Join the festivities including the ski races, bonfire, fireworks, ice show and the carnival ball. 

Winter Carnival is organized by the Middlebury College Activities Board and the Winter Carnival Sports Board.

General Public: Admission to the ski events is free. Tickets for the Ice Show are available online at the Box Office website or at the door.

For more information about these events, contact the Middlebury College Box Office x6433.

2020 Winter Carnival Events:

 

Thursday, 02/27

  • Bonfire/Fireworks – Ross Lawn – 8:30-10:30pm: Kick off Winter Carnival 2020 with MCAB outside Ross! Enjoy hot cocoa and watch the fireworks as you warm up around two huge bonfires!  THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FRIDAY 02/28!!!
  • Winter Carnival Trivia Night - Crossroads Cafe - 10-11pm: Join MCAB for Middlebury history-theme trivial.  Prizes will be awarded to winnters; refreshments available to all!

 

Friday, 02/28

  • Shuttlte to Middlebury College Snow Bow and Rikert for Ski Races – Adridondack Circle, Rikert & Snowbowl - 9am -5pm: Hitch a free ride to the Winter Carnival ski races at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl. Students will be requested to show their IDs by security and may be turned away if intoxicated upon arrival or inconsiderate of the vans and their peers.  **See full ski race schedule below**
  • Free Hot Cocoa - Wilson Cafe and Crossroads - 1-6pm: Enjoy hot chocolate on MCAB all day long to counteract study blues during Winter Carnival. 
  • Dog Sledding Encounter with Cobble Hill Kennel - Battell Beach - 1-4pm: Like dogs? Interested in Dog Sledding?  Meet some puppies and members of the Cobble HIll Kennel to learn more about this winter sport.
  • Ice Sculpting - Battel Beach 1-4pm: Feeling creative? Have your hand at ice sculpting alongside a professional ice sculptor and friends. No prior experience necessary! 
  • Winter Carnival Food Trucks - Pearsons Lot - 1-4pm: Weary of the cold weather events? Enjoy hot chocolate and chili, pizza, tacos, and even ice cream. Limited items available and no purchase necessary!
  • World Food Fair: - Wilson Hall 7pm-9pm: Celebrate Winter Carnival with a collaboration between MCAB and the ISO. Enjoy food from around the world and live music. Limited items available. 
  • Winter Carnival Silent Dance Party - 7-11pm - McCullough Lawn: Tired of too loud, packed Atwater parties? Ditch the crowd for a silent dance party outside McCullough
  • Comedy Show with Otters Nonsense, Middlebrow, and Baggage Claim - 9-10:30pm - Crossroads Cafe - Get your laugh on in Crossroads with Otters Nonsense, Middlebrow, and Baggage Claim. Refreshments will be provided. 
  • Ridgeline Woods Social House Block Party - Tavern, Chromatic, Brooker, 10pm-12am: Each house’s event is alcohol-free and refreshments will be provided. 

Saturday, 02/28

  • Shuttlte to Middlebury College Snow Bow and Rikert for Ski Races – Adridondack Circle, Rikert & Snowbowl - 9am -5pm: Hitch a free ride to the Winter Carnival ski races at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl. Students will be requested to show their IDs by security and may be turned away if intoxicated upon arrival or inconsiderate of the vans and their peers.  **See full ski race schedule below**
  • Historic Middlebury Winter Carnival Movie Screenings - Crossroads Cafe - 12pm-6pm: Celebrate the 97th iteration of Middlebury’s beloved Winter Carnival tradition by watching videos of the College’s celebrations through the ages. 
  • Free Hot Cocoa - Wilson Cafe and Crossroads - 1-6pm: Enjoy hot chocolate on MCAB all day long to counteract study blues during Winter Carnival.
  • Winter Carnival Screening of The Great Gatsby - Wilson Hall - 3-5pm: Get into the spirit of the Roaring ‘20s with a screening of the 2013 blockbuster “The Great Gatsby.” This event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be provided.  
  • Middlebury Community Ice Skating Show -  Kenyon Arena - 5:30-7:00pm: Watch members of the Middlebury College Figure Skating Club ice skate and dance alongside local children and adults. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Winter Carnival Ball ft. DJ Earworm - Nelson Arena - 9:30pm-1am: Close out Winter Carnival with a bang at the Roaring ‘20s themed Winter Ball. DJ Earworm will headline after DJ LacedUp Jay will open. 
    • Must be 18 to attend and must present Middlebury ID; guests must register with Department of Public Safety before Friday, February 28th.
    • Cash bar will be available to students 21+ with two forms of ID and will accept cash only
    • No bottles, backpacks, bags, or re-admittance
    • Coats must be checked into the coat check at the door (MCAB is not responsible for lost or stolen coats)
    • Tickets are not available for pickup before the night of the ball; event tickets/wristbands must be picked up at the Mahaney Arts Center Box Office beginning at 9:30pm on Saturday, February 29
    • Replacements will not be given for lost tickets/wristbands
    • A lot of work and planning has gone in to putting on this great event.  We ask you treat the space and those working the event with the upmost respect.  Attendees can be asked to leave the event at any time if there is a behavioral and/or safety concern
    • Event staff will not admit participants who are already intoxicated upon arrival. No outside alcohol will be permitted in the event. 

 

Sunday, 03/01

  • Middlebury Community Ice Skating Show - 5:30-7:pm - Kenyon Arena: Watch members of the Middlebury College Figure Skating Club ice skate and dance alongside local children and adults. This event is free and open to the public.

 

Nordic and Alpine ski race schedule:

There are also SKI RACES both Friday and Saturday at Rikert Nordic Center and the Snow Bowl. Both the alpine and nordic teams are having a very successful season and as a team have won the past two carnivals (which Middlebury hasn’t done in 15 years) and we have  a chance to win a third this weekend, tying UVM in season record. 

Take the ACTR from ADK at 9:10 both days to get to Rikert and the Bowl! 

 

Nordic Races

Friday 2/27 

Women’s 5k Skate @10am 

Women’s 10k Skate @11:30 am

Saturday 2/28: 

Women’s 15k Mass Start @10 am 

Men’s 20k Mass Start @12 pm 

 

Alpine Races (Tentative Schedule)  


Friday, 2/27
SLALOM
1st run – 9:30 Men, 10:30 Women
2nd run- 1:00 Men, 1:45 Women

Saturday, 2/18
GIANT SLALOM
1st run – 9:30 Women, 10:30 Men
2nd run- 1:00 Women, 1:45 Men

*Note: you can watch the nordic races on Saturday AND still have time to catch the second run of the GS at the Bowl!