Full throttle for winter events
Jump in an icy pond
The "Winky Shrinker" Frozen Fishing Pond plunge is one of the events in the Green River Valley Winter Carnival.
Winter Carnival, ice fishing derby, ski races, ice hockey championship
February 13, 2006
The next several weeks are full of fun scheduled events for those looking for things to do on the weekends. We have our big winter carnival, an ice fishing derby on Fremont Lake, alpine ski races at White Pine and the state Midget B ice hockey championships all taking place over the next three weekends. Then there’s a two-weekend break, then another downhill ski race. Whether you’re skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing or just building a snowman, there are plenty of fun things to do to enjoy the winter months in Pinedale.
Feb. 18-19: Green River Valley Winter Carnival, Friday & Saturday
First up this next weekend is the annual Green River Valley Winter Carnival with two-days of events for the whole family. There will be a full day of kid’s events (Kid’s Winter Olympics, sponsored by ExxonMobil), as well as slightly twisted, but good fun, events for crazy adults ("Winkie Shrinker Frozen Fishing Pond Plunge" and "Frostbite Princess" Drag Beauty Queen Pageant). There will also be the "Frozen Tundra Team Pull", showing the amazing pulling strength of working horse teams. Topping it off will be the "Cabin Fever Ball" at Rendezvous Pointe (sponsored by EnCana) with live music and fun contests. This is a local event that is good time for all ages, with a wide variety of events for participants and fun to watch for spectators. Green River Valley Winter Carnival info & schedule. 2005 Winter Carnival Photo Galleries
Feb. 24-26: Pinedale High School Alpine GS Ski Race/WAHL Midget B State Hockey Championship, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Pinedale High School Alpine GS Ski Race takes place Friday and Saturday at White Pine Ski Area, 10 miles east of Pinedale. High School alpine ski teams from across the state will be participating in this fast-paced giant slalom race. It’s a short hike over a relatively flat trail from the White Pine lodge to the finish line where the event will be held. Food services are available at the lodge. 2005 Alpine GS Photo Gallery
Pinedale is honored to once again host the WAHL Midget B State Hockey Playoffs. High school age teams from across the state will be competing for the state championship. Pinedale was tied for 5th in the state with Cody at the end of the regular season, but is seeded 6th due to head to head competition. Here are the teams that are in the state playoffs here in Pinedale and their seeds. Sheridan – 1st, Douglas – 2nd, Jackson – 3rd, Cheyenne – 4th, Cody - 5th, Pinedale- 6th. Games will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Sublette County Ice Arena in Pinedale. We’ll post the game times when we get the schedule. Pinedale Hockey Association
March 4-5: Big Fish Winter Derby on Fremont Lake, Saturday & Sunday
This annual ice fishing derby on Fremont Lake is sponsored by the Pinedale Boat Clulb and brings fishermen from all over to try their luck for the big fish prize. Contestants stake out their favorite spots on the frozen surface of 11-mile long Fremont Lake and enjoy the view of the snow-covered Wind River Mountains while waiting for the big lunker to bite (or not, doesn’t matter). Like one fisherman said, "my worst day fishing is still better than my best day at work!" Derby headquarters is Lakeside Lodge Resort and Marina. Dress warm and come try your luck! Big Fish Winter Derby info. 2005 Big Fish Winter Derby Photo Gallery
After these events, there’s a two weekend break before the next weekend winter event, the Caroline Classic Ski Race, on Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26.
That’s great, but when can we go hiking in the mountains?
Our winter season typically lasts through March, with spring trying to push back in during April and May opening things up for low elevation hiking. The high country opens up for hiking about late July for those planning trips to Cirque of the Towers and hiking the Continental Divide. We’ve had a good snow season, so the answer to the question of when will things open up in the high country depends on what the weather does in June. We’ll post current condition reports here on Pinedale Online. Also, check our news story and photo gallery archive for past years to see what things are typically like here for the months you plan to visit. Pinedale Online Story Archives
Year-round Pinedale Calendar of Events