News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Cabin fever getting you down? Well, the town of Bennington has a suggestion: A Winter Carnival Jan. 30. The Carnival features a variety of fun family activities, says theRutland Herald. It all starts Friday, Jan. 29 with ice carving which runs throughout Saturday, including demonstrations by 10 teams vying to win the contest, voted on by the public. Continuing with the “ice” theme, there’s the Penguin Plunge Saturday at the Lake Paran boat launch to benefit the Special Olympics, followed by a post-plunge (hopefully warm-up) party, dog sled races, snowshoeing, and lots more. You can try a horse-and-buggy ride if all of the above isn’t enough to lift your spirits. The 4-legged member(s) of your family also can join in the fun by participating in the Pet Winter Fashion Contest and showing off his or her favorite winter fashion outfit. Don’t you feel better already?

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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