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Lions and Tigers and Snow, Oh My! – White Pass Winter Carnival

ozLions and tigers and snow, oh my! OK, that’s not exactly how it goes, but when you combine 75 years of the Wizard of Oz with the White Pass Winter Carnival, that’s what you get.

This past weekend, March 1 and 2, the White Pass Ski Resort held their 28th annual Winter Carnival and decided to use a Wizard of Oz theme. This resulted in a fun and imaginative display of snow/ice artwork and great costumes.

Dorothy’s house was dropped on the Wicked Witch of the West.

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Dorothy’s House on the Wicked Witch of the West

The Snow Castle (representing the Emerald City) incorporated the characters into the set – you can see the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy, the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Toto.

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Oz Characters on the Snow Castle

You could watch the sculptor making creations with his chainsaw. A snow sculpture competition began the day, which explained why we saw people walking around with things like a snow owl and a snow dog.

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Snow Sculptor

The Snow Castle is also a giant slide – for free! Josh spent about four hours sliding down that thing over and over.

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Snow Castle/Slide (photo by Brandy Kirkendall)

Since some of us older folks aren’t oblivious to the cold like Josh is, we went into the lodge to imbibe in some “anti-freeze”. While there we were entertained by “The Lollipop Guild” singing and dancing. They were quite a hit!

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Lollipop Guild (photo by Brandy Kirkendall)

Other outside activities include more carnival games for the kids and vendors were set up to display and demonstrate their new snow-related products. There was a Ski Patrol Poker Run, a ski competition for kids, an obstacle course, and face painting.

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Kid’s Carnival Games

Evening events include a fireworks display and parade, which unfortunately we didn’t get to see because we had to leave before they started. But we hear they were wonderful.

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A good time was had by all! (photo by Brandy Kirkendall)

The White Pass Winter Carnival is very quaint and unique to see. I expected it to be much larger and completely jam-packed with people but it wasn’t. Since it was my first time going to it I don’t know if it was typical attendance or not. But I didn’t find it more packed than any other days when we’ve been there so I was pleasantly surprised because I was dreading terrible parking conditions and a huge crowd. But it was a lot of fun, not too big, and a hit with the entire family. We’ll definitely go back next year and hopefully take the grandsons!

For more information about White Pass Ski Resort go to http://www.skiwhitepass.com

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White Pass Ski Resort

Josh getting ready for snowboarding lessons.

The snow is falling, the snow is falling! Time to head up to White Pass Ski Resort and hit the slopes. I say that like I know what I’m doing but I’m a newby. This year I will be trying to ski for the first time. Last year we bought our then 13-year-old son, Josh, snowboard lessons. It was a great deal. Three lessons with equipment rental (either snowboard or ski, you get to choose) which can be taken on non-consecutive days. This year the cost is $129.00 for ages 5-12, over age 12 is $139.00.

I have never skied before or even been to a ski resort. I was in for a bit of a shock. First was ALL the people there! I don’t think I’ve seen so many people in one spot expect during Christmas in downtown Seattle! Next was the “lodge.” It’s called the base lodge. Having only seen ski lodges on TV I was picturing a nice quite romantic room with a crackling fire and soft couches. Uh, no, it was more like a junior high cafeteria. The top two floors were jam-packed and noisy. The food is also rather expensive, but you are welcome to bring your own.

The bottom floor holds the store, equipment rental and repair, restrooms and daycare. The store actually has surprisingly affordable items. For instance, jackets were less expensive there than at the Helley Hanson factory outlet store in Centralia.

But – the lodge has great windows looking out onto the slopes. That’s where we waited while Josh had his lessons and after watching people skiing who obviously had various levels of expertise, I decided maybe I could try it so that’s my goal for this winter. Josh finished out his snowboard lessons, slowly increasing his skills. This year he will try skiing as well to compare which will work best for him. I plan on giving a couple of other family members the lessons for Christmas as well (shhh, don’t tell them!)

A new lodge up high on the ridgeline called High Camp Lodge was built when White Pass Ski Resort was able to expand an additional 767 acres last year. I hope to get up there after I learn to ski and see it so I can tell you more about what it has to offer in the way of amenities and views.

There is lodging with kitchens available on the mountain as well as nearby towns but there really aren’t any other dining options on site besides the lodge.

So check it out at skiwhitepass.com for the latest conditions and other options for lessons and we’ll see you on the slopes!

Getting there: From Interstate 5, go east on Hwy 12. From eastern Washington, go west on Hwy. 12.

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