Looking for something fun to do outside this winter with your family or friends? It is winter time in Maine and it’s that time of year to get on your boots and gloves, pick up your toboggan and head over to the Camden Snow Bowl for some serious sledding fun. Now in its 20th year, the Camden Snow Bowl in Camden, Maine, hosts the annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships on February 5th, 6th and 7th. (This annual event is held the first weekend in February at the Camden Snow Bowl.) Participants come from all over the country, but most are from New England.
The venue is an iced-over, 400-foot long wooden toboggan chute with a vertical incline of over 70 feet that shoots toboggan riders screaming down the hillside onto the frozen ice of Hosmer Pond below. The single wooden track is constructed similar in style to an Olympics luge run. Over 400 teams compete in several divisions at the National Toboggan Championships. They compete in two-, three- and four-man toboggan teams that race down the hillside of Ragged Mountain. The fastest time down in each team division wins with tobogganers typically reaching speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. It’s the one national championship that is sure to get your adrenaline pumping because anyone can particpate. That means if you are so inclined you can become a winner and crowned a national champion. Not much training is required. Fact is, according to event organizers, the teams that usually win are made up of the largest people. And what do the winners get? Notoriety, bragging rights and really cool trophies. What other sporting event offers such instant hope? Of course, registration is required if you would like to participate in the races.
The toboggan championships were started as a tongue-and-cheek race but it has become quite an annual sporting event in Camden. The one-chute wooden toboggan run was rebuilt 20 years ago and the first U.S. National Toboggan Championships were held in 1991, drawing a hundred or so local supporters. Today more than 400 teams compete in front of an overflow crowd of 5000. The Annual US National Toboggan Championships features awards in categories including the best team uniform, spirit award, oldest team, fastest family, fastest women’s team and fastest children’s team. There is also a chili and clam chowder cook off, to keep you warm outside in the cold coastal Maine winter air. The Toboggan Championships have become a big, super fun winter sports deal in Camden.
The array of different costumes, the friendly and fun atmosphere, the awesomeness of the wooden chute, the immense beauty of coastal Maine, and the uniqueness of “see the sea while you ski” make the U.S. National Toboggan Championships an event to add to your Winter Fun Calendar. Make some turns on Ragged Mountain, head over to the chute, and just maybe become a national champion! Participant or spectator you are sure to have a great time at this annual winter event.
We are offering a special Maine lodging rate of $59 per night for the U.S. National Toboggan Championships from February 5th-7th. Our National Toboggan Races Rate is based on double occupancy and cannot be combined with any other discount such as AAA or AARP. We offer pet friendly accommodations. Please note that there may be limited availability as specific rooms are designated pet-friendly. Please call us at (800) 898-8944 for availability. There is a $10/night fee for pets.
This offer is not available through travel agents or any other third party booking agent. You must book your reservation through our front reservations desk at 1-800-898-8944 and refer to our National Toboggan Races Rate to get this discounted pricing.