Northwest Winter Festival Guide


November 5, 2016

Celebrate winter with our NW Festival Guide

Compiled by OutdoorsNW Staff

Photo at right: Fireworks above the Clock Tower at Big White Ski Resort in British Columbia. Photo by Andrew Jay, courtesy of Big White Ski Resort


Sandpoint Winter Carnival

Feb. 8–19 — Sandpoint, Idaho

The 43rd Sandpoint Winter Carnival includes such favorites as the thrilling Cirque de Sandpoint, Parade of Lights, K9 Keg Pull and plenty of snow-sport events at Schweitzer Mountain Resort.

Oregon Winterfest

Feb. 17–19 — Bend, Oregon

Enjoy the experiential fire-arts exhibit and fire-pit competition, fun runs, wine walk, motorbike stunts and plenty of live music.

World Ice Art Championships

Feb. 20–March 20 — Fairbanks, Alaska

This month-long event features ice-sculpting competitions, dog-sled rides and a children’s park. It attracts more than 100 ice artists and approximately 45,000 visitors each year from Alaska and all over the world.

Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Fest

Feb. 24–26 — Nelson, B.C.

The Coldsmoke Powder Fest is a popular celebration for skiers and snowboarders, including backcountry enthusiasts, telemarkers and those who just want to socialize and enjoy mountain culture.

Anchorage Fur Rondy

Feb. 24–March 5 — Anchorage, Alaska

The 82nd annual festival proudly features a Miners and Trappers Ball, the Great Alaskan Talent Competition, the royal court and the wackiest race in the state, the Running of the Reindeer!

Snow Blast

March 4 — North Powder, Oregon

Come to Anthony Lakes for the annual Snow Blast for events like the Dummy Downhill and the Big Air contest. Enjoy the beer garden and barbecue, live music and fireworks.

White Pass Winter Carnival

March 4–5 — White Pass, Washington

The 31st Annual Winter Carnival is a family-oriented event featuring the famed ice snow castle, live music, fireworks, Ski 4 Kids fundraiser, an 80s snowboarders reunion, and snow-sports competitions.

World Ski and Snowboard Festival

April 7–16 — Whistler, B.C.

Enjoy family-friendly activities including daily concerts, art galleries, the Kokanee Freeride, Whistler DogFest, Mascot Mayhem, and the Pro Photographer and 72-hour Filmmaker Showdowns.

Winter festival dates were confirmed by press time in mid-October, however some of the winter festivals had not yet updated their websites with 2017 dates by the time the SNOW Guide was published.

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