Five Wild Winter Competitions to See in 2014

by Country Inns & Suites
Friday, January 17, 2014

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Sochi this winter; there are some amazing and interesting winter competitions taking place closer to home! Pack your winter coat and boots and be prepared to be blown away by the talent and entertainment at these chilly competitions and festivals.

1. Winterfest in Perrysburg, Ohio – February 21-23

Downtown Perrysburg will be bustling with family-friendly activities, food, music, and two artistic ice carving competitions during Winterfest. More than 20 amateur and professional ice carvers will face off in two competitions on Saturday, February 22. Food, music, carving demonstrations, and craft activities will take place throughout the weekend. Warm up at the end of each day when you stay at our nearby hotel in Toledo.

2. Lake Geneva’s Annual Winterfest in Wisconsin – January 29-February 8

This fun festival will feature the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition. Mounds of snow are transformed into intricate works of art that look like beautiful marble. The week is filled with other fun activities as well; you can watch a family magic show, play laser tag, enjoy a soup tasting, and toast s’mores around a large fire pit. Stay at one of our many convenient hotels in the Milwaukee area to be near Lake Geneva and the area’s best skiing.

Lake Geneva snow sculpting Photo by Flickr user free4lance2

3. Winterlude in Ottawa, Canada – January 31-February 17

You must skate on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Canada, at least once in your lifetime. Each winter, this canal is transformed into the world’s largest skating rink. In addition to exploring the canal on skates, many exciting competitions will be held on this impressive rink. You can participate in or watch the Winterlude Triathlon, Annual Bed Race, Great Canadian Beaver Cup Pond Hockey Classic, and more! Rest your head at the end of a long, exciting day just down the road at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Ottawa West.

ice skating on the Rideau Canal Photo by Flickr user matt.boman

4. Lake George Winter Carnival in New York – February 1-February 23

It’s no surprise that this wintertime outdoor celebration has been an annual event since 1961. Incredibly fun and unique activities are held each weekend in February. Where else can you see an outhouse race followed by a clam chowder cook-off? You can also watch or ride in the ATV ice race or snowmobile poker run. Check out the Lake George Winter Carnival list of events to pick a weekend (or two) that works best for you.

5. Saint Paul Winter Carnival in Minnesota – January 23-February 2

Since 1886, Minnesota has been home to a winter festival that’s billed to be the largest in the United States. Test your endurance in the winter run marathon or watch drivers show their skills in the snowplow competition. The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is packed with events for the whole family, including parades and an educational green day. Fuel up each morning with a hot breakfast and defrost each night in a warm bed when you stay at any of our Minneapolis/St. Paul area hotels.

You can choose to enjoy the international winter competitions on TV this season, but we suggest that you pack your suitcases to experience some thrilling competitions yourself! Whether you watch a pond hockey game or participate in a snowy bed race, you are sure to make the most of your winter travels with a trip to one of these wild winter festivals.