The first Stowe Winter Carnival dates back to 1921. Yes, that was 90 years ago. It was organized by Craig O. Burt, a recognized Stowe community leader. His goal was to provide his fellow Stoweites with a cheerful reprieve from winter and economic doldrums. It took place behind the public school, in the village, and featured ski jumping and tobogganing. Within about ten years, the event grew to include more competitive alpine and cross-country races.
Stowe’s tradition of being a welcoming community did not falter. Visitors from nearby towns, out of state and abroad soon migrated here to enjoy the high-spirited festivities both as intrigued observers and as participants. Though the Carnival did not continue through the war years, it was not forgotten. A group of residents restored the winter festivities in 1974. Thirty-seven years later, it remains a unique Stowe tradition that offers a feast of excitement for residents and visitors alike.
Stowe will be hosting its 37th Annual Winter Carnival beginning next Monday, January 17. The two-week event will kick off with a Snowgolf Tournament at Stowe Country Club. The following days will be filled with indoor and outdoor activities for all ages and tastes, such as the Warren Miller Movie Night, Stowe Youth Hockey Tournament, Kids Karnival Kaos, Snowvolleyball Tournament, to name a few and, of course, the 11th Annual Nationally Sanctioned Ice Carving Competition.
The Stowe Winter Carnival is carefully crafted to offer full-time, part-time and occasional residents a proper balance of winter sports, festivities and socializing. For visitors who entertain the idea of making a home in these parts, it offers a wonderful taste of the warmth, hospitality and vitality of our community.
From January 17 to the 29th, Stowe becomes our playground. One might say that the Stowe Winter Carnival brings the “Greater Stowe Family” together. It revitalizes through the contagious spark of playful abandon that shines on every face.
Click HERE for the full Carnival Schedule
Click HERE for Carnival History