The first winter carnival held in 1921, was the set up by Craig O. Burt, a well recognized leader of the community at that time. He wanted to help bring the people in town out of economic and winter doldrums. It featured ski jumping and tobogganing on a hill behind the public school. It continued to grow, and by 1935 it included extremely competitive races in both alpine and crosscountry skiing. These popular events brought intrigued visitors from far and near. Through the war years the carnival was suspended, and it was not until 1974 that a group of locals brought it back to life. They added a little Stowe twist that has made the Stowe Winter Carnival a unique tradition.
Now, 43 years after locals brought back this community event, Stowe Winter Carnival is still going strong with the theme, “StowOasis”! This year’s winter celebration from January 14 – 28, 2016 for the 43rd Annual Stowe Winter Carnival, features fun and zany events, Ice carving exhibitions and a NICA sanctioned competition, sports events and kid-friendly activities.
Don’t Miss the Seventeenth Annual NICA Ice Carving Competition on Sat., Jan. 21, 2016 as we continue to bring Ice Sculptures to Stowe, the perfect winter venue for Ice Sculpting! Let’s get “StowOasis” in quintessential Stowe! Whether you plan to compete or simply enjoy the entertainment, come experience the fun of a New England winter at the 43rd Annual Stowe Winter Carnival.