Winter Carnival Details

Updated: Jan 21

Wednesday, January 12th at 6pm

Nansen: Past, Present & Future (Zoom Presentation)

The Fortier Library at WMCC presents Scott Halvorson (grandson of Alf Halvorson, a key force in the construction of the jump) and Shawn Costello (former jumper and primary organizer of the last jump events at Nansen) sharing the history and unfolding developments related to the Nansen Ski Jump site.

Registration required:

Sunday, January 16th

Free Open Ski Day at the Nansen Trails, Milan Hill State Park

All may come and enjoy the trail system free of charge. Ski, snowshoe, climb the Milan Hill Fire Tower and enjoy hot drinks / snacks near bonfires both in front of the hut and on the trails. Treats and bonfires available from 10:30am - 3:30pm.

Monday - Thursday, January 17th - January 20th

Snow Sculpture Contest

You do not have to be Michelangelo to win the Nansen Snow Sculpture Contest - it's possible that even the simplest snowman could win a prize.

1. Build your sculpture in your yard or near your home

2. Email us a picture with your home address at We'll share them online.

3. Judges will drive by the sculpture location for a closer look on Thursday evening.

4. Watch our Facebook page for the winners to be announced on Sunday, January 23rd Prizes:

Overall Best Sculpture - $50

Funniest - $30

Most Creative - $30

Best Snowman - $20

Berlin / Gorham / Milan / Randolph / Dummer / Shelburne

Friday, January 21st, 6pm - 8pm

Burning of the Greens Bonfire at Tondreau Park (Behind Berlin City Hall)

We'll kick-off the big weekend with a bonfire of Christmas trees smack dab in the middle of Berlin (behind City Hall). Enjoy the fresh smell of pine and woodfire while festive music plays in the background.

** Parking available at Tondreau Lot and downtown. Dress warm!

Saturday, January 22nd, High Noon - 2pm

The Battle at Big Nansen 3! - 2022 Art Sled Rally

Prepare your wild sled creation for what is now perhaps the best sledding hill in all of New Hampshire - The Big Nansen Landing Hill! Get a group together to build your craft or go it solo... no age limits and no rules... whatever you build, it simply has to make it down the hill. Cardboard and foam are recommended building materials. It is important that your sled is safe, so consider how your design will work out for you if it crashes. Bonfires will be burning to keep you warm and food vendors will be on hand to keep your tummy happy. Cash prizes for creativity, hilarity and distance.

$50 Best Adult Sled $50 Best Youth Sled $30 Funniest Sled $25 Most Creative Sled $10 Distance Award $20 Best Spectator Costume

Sledders please send theme song requests for your sled to and make sure to arrive at 11am for registration and photos.

Sunday, January 23rd, 10:30am - 3:30pm

Eastern Meet Ski Jumping (10m and 39m)

Come see the first competitive ski jumping event at the Nansen Jump Park in nearly 40 years! Some call ski jumping "the first extreme sport" and jumpers from all over New England will show us how it's done. The morning will feature a competition on the 10m jump and at approximately Noon the action will move to the new 39m jump found to the right of the Big Nansen. (Restoration work on the Big Nansen is still underway, so there won't be any jumping on the "sleeping giant" yet.) Sunday will be an historic moment in the life of the Nansen Ski Club and for ski jumping in New England. Don't miss out!

Parking on Route 16 and in Nansen Wayside.

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