Winter Carnival Sports
Sports Events Results
- 2013 First Niagra Bank Ice Skating
- 2013 Curtis Lumber Snowshoe Races
- 2013 Teachers Association Youth Cross Country Ski Races
The Winter Carnival offers a fascinating array of sporting events, including traditional winter sports such as snowshoeing and nordic ski raceing at the Dewey Mountain Cross-Country Ski Center, innertube and alpine ski races down the slopes of Mount Pisgah, skating races and hockey games at the Saranac Lake Civic Center. In addition, there are a series of non-traditional winter sports such as volleyball played in knee-deep snow, softball played on snowshoes, Ultimate Frisbee Games, Broomball, as well as an exhibition of curling and woodsmen’s logging skills.
Played by two teams of four players each on a rectangular sheet of ice, teams take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones down the ice towards the target (called the house). Two sweepers with brooms accompany each rock and use timing and their best judgment, along with direction from their teammates, to help direct the stones to their resting place. The complex nature of stone placement and shot selection has led some to refer to curling as “chess on ice.”
A distant relative of ice hockey, Broomball is played by two teams consisting of a goaltender and five others. Players hit a small ball around the ice with a stick called a “broom”, a wooden or aluminum shaft with a rubber-molded triangular head similar in shape to that of a regular broom. Players wear special rubber-soled shoes instead of skates, and the ice is prepared in such a way that it is smooth and dry to improve traction.
Ultimate Frisbee Games are held outdoors in a field of snow. All ages are welcome. No pre-registration is required and no experience is necessary. Play is centered on FUN and not competitive. Teams are made from those present, or come with a group of at least seven people to make your own team.