120th Annual. Jan 25-28. Olaus Jeldness would be amazed. He was the Norwegian miner who, way back in 1897, initiated Canada's Oldest Winter Carnival by inviting his friends to the top of Red Mountain for a now infamous 'Tea Party'. Afterwards, he sent his guests barreling down the hill with long wooden sticks strapped to their feet which he called 'skis'. And, that is how the sport got its start in Canada.
Olaus would be astounded to see boarders flying through the air carving graceful lines right beside the very same post office that he knew during Saturday's fantastic Rail Jam. Following that, watch out for some Big Air, Fireworks and Torchlights at Red Resort's Family Fun Night.
Old traditions continue with Friday's parade that gives participants a chance to win a seasons ski pass while listening to live music downtown at the Carnival Extravaganza. The big Variety Show follows that with wonderful family entertainment.
Still more comes on Saturday morning with the Fireman's Pancake breakfast and the amazing Sonny Samuelson Bobsled Race that comes screaming down Spokane Street. Watch for the world renown Slocan Ice Sculptures while taking a Dogsled ride by the Snow Volleyball or the World Bigolfathon Championships.
Rossland's finest social event, the Rotary Wine Tasting, recalls that first tea party by going bigger and better at the High School Auditorium on Saturday evening.