Get Ready for Rossland's Winter Carnival!

Photo by Larry Doell
Photo by Larry Doell

There will be non-stop fun at the Rossland Winter Carnival -- the longest-running such event in Canada, it's been happening every year since 1898. With so much going on, people will wish they could defy the laws of physics by  being in more than one place at a time.  Here's a smattering of the events.

On Thursday, January 26th, the Winter Carnival Variety Show at RSS will showcase many examples of fresh talent.  People can satisfy an itch to gamble -- fairly harmlessly -- by betting on their favorite bobsled team(s) at the "Bobsled Calcutta" at the Rossland Legion, and see a special performance by the Boomtown Garter Girls.   There are music events that evening -- check the online schedule of events (link below).

Friday carries on with Learning to Luge at Red Mountain Resort.  Downtown, there will be free hot apple cider at the Nelson & District Credit Union; at the Rossland Museum, there will be family-friendly events such as snowshoe races, potato sack races and more.  The best Olaus Jeldness imitators can win prizes at "Give us your best Olaus" by the Rossland Beer Company. 

Enter the City of Rossland Winter Carnival Parade -- there will be prizes! -- or just enjoy watching it.  The parade is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm.  There will be music by the Foggy Goggle Boys at the Olaus Ice Palace Beer Garden, for a  mere $5.  And there will be two light shows by Pyro4ya, and more music at different venues. 

On Saturday, everyone will want to see the Sonny Samuelson Bobsled Race, slated to begin at 9:30 am Rossland Time.  Before that, fortify yourself with the Firefighters' Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Hall on 2nd Avenue; but if you couldn't make it to the Pancake Breakfast, the West Kootenay Snowgoers will be serving refreshments in the parking lot of The Garage Restaurant. 

Out at Red Mountain Resort, there will be a Fat Bike Demo, and back downtown, "The Game" Rail Jam will begin at around 10:00.   This year's rail jam is designed to be more spectator-friendly.

Worked up an appetite?  The Eagles will be serving sausages, hot dogs, coffee, hot chocolate and hot cider at Harry LeFevre Square.  Or the Rossland Legion will be offering two types of borscht and home-made pie. 

At the Rossland Museum, the third annual snowman-making competition will get underway, with goodies to follow.  Meanwhile, behind the Ice Palace on Queen Street, check out the 19th annual Powder Pounder Snow Volleyball Tournament.

The Rossland Mountain Market will be at the Miners Union Hall starting at noon.

From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Red Mountain Resort will host Family Fun Night, with free night skiing and boarding, plus fire pit, marshmallow roasting and other fun stuff, and the cafeteria will be open.

And there will be a number of musical performances, at the Ice Palace and elsewhere. 

At what time and place the Lily May Raffle draw will take place is still not known to this writer. If someone else knows, perhaps they could enlighten the rest of us by way of a comment. (Commenting is easy;  just sign in with FaceBook.)

Sunday, January 29th  gets off to a fast start with the Olaus Invitational BC Cup Luge Race at RED Mountain Resort.  Also out at Red, the Revolution Fat Duro, a Fat bike Enduro race.  Back downtown at Queen and Columbia, there will be an "AdventureSmart" session at 10:00 am, to help keep people safe and well-prepared out in the hills.

At 1:00 pm, the John Heintz Relay Race (downhill ski, Nordic ski, bike, snowshoe and run) from the top of Red Mountain) will get people's blood circulating.

For more events, and more details on all of them -- where and how to register, costs (if any), who's performing where -- go to:


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