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WINTER WONDERLAND: CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH THESE FUN EVENTS
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- Jan 01, 2020
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In some parts of the world, people huddle up inside and wait for winter to end, but in the Yellowstone-Teton Territory, people embrace winter, snow, and outdoor recreation year-round. Celebrate the first month of the year—and of the new decade—with these festive, exciting, snow-themed events.
In downtown Driggs, up to nine teams will transform massive blocks of snow into intricate works of art. Driggs Snowscapes is scheduled for January 14-18, 2020. This is the 9th year for the event, which is hosted by the Downtown Driggs Association. Before the carving begins, volunteers stomp snow into large snow block molds to compact the powder and prepare it for the sculptors. Then, when it’s time to carve, the professional and amateur sculptors transform their snow blocks into an array of snow masterpieces. The community will vote on January 18, selecting their favorites for the People’s Choice and Kid’s Choice awards. Last year’s grand prize and kid’s choice winner was “Fowl Weather Friends,” a snow sculpture depicting of an owl protectively encircling a variety of small animals with its wings. In the evening, it’s time for the Snow Ball at the Driggs City Center. Enjoy live music by Ben Winship and Jackson 6, dancing, raffles, drinks, and food.
Winterfest in Island Park
Island Park holds the distinction of having the longest Main Street in the U.S. with a 33-mile-long main road. This route is the scene of the 15th annual Wild Wild West Winterfest, scheduled for January 17-18, 2020. Snowmobiles are the centerpiece of this much anticipated annual event, organized by the Island Park Chamber of Commerce, which includes a torch-lit snowmobile parade, as well as a casino game night, kids carnival, and a firework show.
First Winter Snow Trek 2020 at Harriman State Park
Celebrate the New Year by spending an evening with a Harriman State Park ranger enjoying the winter night out on the trail. Harriman State Park’s First Winter Snow Trek 2020 is scheduled for January 1, 2020. Bring your skis or snowshoes to join a park ranger for a three-mile roundup journey, which also involves a stop at the Becker Warming Hut for hot cocoa by a warm fire. Limited space is available, and advanced reservations are required. Call 208.558.7368 to make a reservation.
Free Ski Day at Harriman State Park
January 4, 2020 is Free Ski Day at Harriman State Park and 17 other locations throughout the state. Enjoy a day out on the trails and sampling the wonders of the local parks at the Idaho Park N’ Ski locations. In addition to Harriman State Park, other Island Park-area Park N’ Ski locations include Brimstone/Buffalo Ridge, Bear Gulch/Mesa Falls, and Fall River Ridge.
Scoot and Shoot
The Madison County Moody Powder Pushers Snowmobile Club (a.k.a Madison County Snowmobile Club) is celebrating its 30th Annual Snowmobile Winterfest Scoot & Shoot this year. The event is scheduled for January 17-18, 2020 with registration in Rexburg followed by the main event in the Big Hole Mountains. The snowmobiling and shooting challenge will feature a number of stops with challenges involving rifles, shotguns, BB guns, and dart boards. One station even has a “wrist rocket” to shoot malted milk balls at a target during the fun, family event.