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Wolfeboro Winter Carnival!
February 20, 2016--February 27, 2016
winter carnival volunteer0.pngWinter Carnival returns to Wolfeboro with events for young and old alike! With events based at Abenaki Ski Area, Pop Whalen Ice Arena and throughout greater Wolfeboro, there is literally something for everyone. What a better time to get out and try a new outdoor winter sport, eat a pancake breakfast, watch a ski movie, go on a horse drawn sleigh ride, compete in a race or jump competition, skate for FREE at the Pop Whalen Arena or watch some fireworks over the snow?

Saturday, February 20, 2016
IMG_4604.jpgAbenaki Winter Triathlon, Saturday, February 20th, 2016, 9am
Registration is open for the Abenaki Winter Triathlon that occurs on Saturday, February 20th--one of our less well known annual events that is truly unique. It starts with a 1/2 mile snowshoe at Abenaki Ski Area--up the Freeway trail and down the Main slope. You then strap your XC skis on for a 2.78 mile ski through the snowy woods, then run into the ice arena to finish off with a 1 mile lap skate. Not only is this a fun event on the day of, it's a great motivator to get up off the couch, get outside and get in shape through the winter months. Complete map, equipment lists, registration information, race schedule information and more can be found here.

Progressive XC Ski Dinner, Saturday, February 20th, 2016, 6:30pm
register here.pngThe Annual Progressive XC Ski Dinner will be held at 6:30pm on Saturday, February 20th, 2016 on the Abenaki XC Ski Loop Trail. Participants will strap on skis, snowshoes or good winter boots and progress out on to the candle-lit 4 Kilometer XC Ski Loop starting at Abenaki Ski Area. Skiers and hikers will stop at warm bonfires along the 4K trail and be treated to a delicious multi-course  Italian dinner served at various stations along the way. Appetizers and a small warming fire will greet participants at the first table, followed by a delicious Italian main course at the second station a kilometer or two down the trail, followed by the dessert station in Pikes Pasture, complete with s’mores, ice cream sandwiches, cookies, cocoa, coffee and more. In between stations, participants ski or hike through the tranquil woods of the Abenaki Loop Trail, lit by hundreds of candle-lit luminaries.
2142013_30623_0.jpgLocal restaurants, café’s, caterers and chefs contribute their expertise to provide a simply delicious meal, served to you under the stars. Participating restaurantsincluded Garwood’s, O Bistro, Wolfeboro Inn, Nolan's Pizzeria, Downtown Grille Café,  Seven Suns Coffee, Welcome Home Personal Chef Service, Harvest Market and Hunter’s IGA (now Shop and Save). It is truly a magical event that is sponsored by Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation and Wolfeboro Lions Club all to raise funds for the Friends of Abenaki. All skiers/hikers must have a ticket that is available to purchase for $15 for adults, $12 for youth.

We recommend bringing the following items for your enjoyment of the experience: headlamp, warm layers, appropriate gear for being outside at night in February, a sense of adventure and an empty stomach! Limited to 125 participants, this event typically sells out prior to the day of the event, so register today to save your spot!


Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Learn to Curl at Pop Whalen Ice Arena, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
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Free Learn to Curl Event will be held at Pop Whalen Ice Arena on Wednesday, February 24th. There will be two sessions 9AM-10:30AM and 10:30-12:00PM

Abenaki Ski-A-Thon, Wedensday, February 24th, 2016, 4PM
    The Ski-a-Thon consists of two back to back 60 minute endurance skiing events between up to 40 skiers and snowboarders to see who can ski the most laps in that hour. Prior to the event, participants will seek pledges per lap skied, with all       proceeds benefitting the Friends of Abenaki. Participants may ski on any trail and the hill will be closed to the public during the event. Spectators are welcomed and encouraged to come cheer on the skiers during this exciting event. Prizes will       be awarded for most laps skied and most money raised per lap. Young and old alike are encouraged to sign up today to take part in this fun event. Come for the whole evening and enjoy winter in Wolfeboro! Register for the event at            

Ski Movie TBD at Abenaki Ski Lodge, Wednesday, February 24th, 2016, 7pm
The Friends of Abenaki and Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation will host a screening of a ski movie TBD.
Doors open for MOVIE TBD at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7pm. Tickets for the film are $5 for adults and $3 for youth (under 18) at the door.

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Slopestyle Competition, Thursday, February 25th, 2016, 5pm
register here.pngAbenaki Ski Area in Wolfeboro will be hosting an open Slopestyle Competition. The terrain park has been rebuilt and upgraded this year to include 2 boxes, 6 rails, a barrel pop, a culvert slide and 4 jumps.The Slopestyle Competition consists of taking a complete run through the terrain park, doing a combination of tricks and jumps on the various elements to earn the highest possible score. Skiers and Boarders are judged on style, amplitude and difficulty. Medals for top three scores in youth through adult age divisions. Come see the little ski area that everyone is talking about—Abenaki Ski Area: Since 1934, America’s Oldest Small Ski Area, right in the heart of the Lakes Region.

Ice Fishing Class 5-7PM, Thursday, February 25th/ 9AM-1PM, Friday, February 26th
  Ice fishing is a recreational activity the whole family can enjoy. This introductory course will cover tip ups and other ice fishing equipment, ice safety, knot tying, fish identification, ethics, rules and regulations, and basic winter ecology.                        After completing a classroom session you'll head out on the ice and put your newly learned skills to the test.  Age Restrictions: 8 and over; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  Classroom Time: 4 to 6 hours.  Fieldtrip: 2 to 4 hours
  NOTE: All equipment and materials are provided. A fishing license is not required to participate, when fishing during designated fieldtrip hours.  Please sign up ASAP at

FREE Skating Party at Pop Whalen Arena, Thursday, February 25th, 2016, 6:30pm
Hosted by the American Legion, this event is open to the public and includes FREE Public Skating Admission for all, FREE hot dogs and FREE Hot Cocoa. The tunes will be cranking, so come on out for a great night on the ice.
Friday, February 26, 2016
IMG_44593.jpgSki and Snowboard Races, Friday, February 26th, 2016, 5pm
register here.pngOn Friday, February 26th, 2016 at 5pm, Abenaki Ski Area in Wolfeboro will be hosting Ski and Snowboard Races that are open to the public. The Ski  Races consist of taking runs through our slalom race course and competing for the best time out of 2 runs with medals for the top three times in youth through adult age divisions. Come see the little ski area that everyone is talking about—Abenaki Ski Area: Since 1934, America’s Oldest Small Ski Area, right in the heart of the Lakes Region.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Winter Carnival Festivities throughout Wolfeboro, Saturday, February 27th, 2016, 7am—9pm
  • 7am—10am Friends of Abenaki Pancake Breakfast at Abenaki Ski Lodge. With pancakes, bacon, coffee and juice, this has become a Wolfeboro tradition not to miss! All funds raised support ongoing Capital Improvements at Abenaki Ski Area. By donation!
  • 11am-9pm Abenaki Ski Area open for skiing and riding.
  • 12pm-4pm Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides at Abenaki Ski Area. Steve Collins of Belgian Meadows Farm will be providing horse-drawn sleigh rides along the Abenaki XC Ski Trails. $5 per person for a 15 minute ride through the magical snowy woods!
  • 12pm-4pm Inflatable Obstacle Course at Abenaki Ski Area. Come try the inflatable obstacle course—race your friends, race your parents to see who can get the best time! $5 for an all you can ride wristband!
  • 12pm-2pm Fischer XC Ski and Tubbs Snowshoe Demos at Abenaki Ski Area Provided by Nordic Skier.
  • 12pm-4pm Face Painting at Abenaki Ski Area. FREE face painting for young and old alike!
  • 12pm-8pm Crockpot dishes and Baked Goods at Abenaki Ski Area In addition to our regular burgers and dogs, the Abenaki Ski Team will be selling delicious chilis, subs and mac and cheese! Come hungry!
  • 2pm-3:30pm Pop Whalen Public Skating
  • 1:30pm Mini Minute Challenges at Abenaki Ski Area. Compete against your friends and family in these fun minute-to-win-it games!
  • 3:30pm Mini Minute Challenges at Abenaki Ski Area. Compete against your friends and family in these fun minute-to-win-it games!
  • 3:40pm-4:30pm Pop Whalen Stick Practice
  • 5:00pm Little Air Competition register here.pngThe little sibling to our Big Air Competition, this fun event is for our novice skiers and riders who feel like getting some air on our mini jump that we will be setting up on the Kiddie Hill. Spectators will be cheering as our young competitors try their biggest and best moves!
  • 5:30pm BIG AIR Competition register here.pngThis is a freestyle Aerials contest set up on our big and medium jumps in our newly IMG_0132.jpgreconstructed Terrain Park. The Big Air Competition consists of hitting our large or medium jumps and doing your biggest trick to earn the highest possible score. Skiers and Boarders are judged on style, amplitude and difficulty. Medals for top three finishers in youth through adult age divisions. The comp will feature a bonfire, music and fireworks from RS Fireworks. Come see the little ski area that everyone is talking about—Abenaki Ski Area: Since 1934, America’s Oldest Small Ski Area, right in the heart of the Lakes Region
  • 8:30pm Fireworks at Abenaki Ski Area To cap off our week of winter festivities, we will be treated to a Fireworks display from the top of Abenaki Ski Area. There is nothing quite like seeing the fireworks lighting up the sky above our hometown ski slope!

Expanded Winter Vacation Hours for Abenaki Ski Area and Pop Whalen Arena:

Abenaki Ski Area
Pop Whalen Lap Skating
Pop Whalen Stick Practice
Pop Whalen Public Skating
Saturday, Feb 20:
Sunday, Feb 21:
Monday, Feb 22:
Tuesday, Feb 23:
Wednesday, Feb 24:
11am--4pm (Closing early for Ski-a-thon/Ski Movie)
Thursday, Feb 25:
Friday, Feb 26:
Saturday, Feb 27:
Sunday, Feb 28:

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Town of Wolfeboro
84 South Main St., P.O. Box 629
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire 03894