Rossland Winter Carnival a fun and eventful weekend

The 116th Rossland Winter Carnival has once again came and went, pulling people from all over to Rossland.

Spirit of Red members dressed in their best Olaus Jeldness outfits during the 116th Rossland Winter Carnival Parade on Friday. The parade was just one of the many events over the weekend in Rossland.

The 116th Rossland Winter Carnival has once again came and went, pulling people from all over to Rossland and filling the town with activities and plenty of smiling faces.

Whether your passion was history, snow sports or nightlife, there was something for just about everyone at this year’s event.

For the history buff, the Objects of Significance exhibition, put on by the Rossland Historical Museum and Archive Association, offered some tangible history of Rossland and area. The exhibit is noteworthy as each item in the collection was chosen by organizations in Rossland. The organizations each wrote a brief summary of why the object is important to the history of this town and why it chose it. The exhibit will run until the end of March at the Nelson and District Credit Union Rossland Branch from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. then will reopen at the museum in May.

There was also a packed house at the Prestige for a presentation about Rossland hero and father of skiing in Rossland, Olaus Jeldness. Who was Olaus Jeldness brought in dual perspectives, one from Ron Shearer, a Rossland-born historian, and the other from Svein Saeter, a Norwegian journalist.

Shearer talked about Jeldness’ time in and around Rossland, detailing his family life in Spokane, as well as his forays in mining. Saeter spoke about Jeldness as a boy skiing down the nearby mountains, as well as his legacy, which will include an exhibit in the upcoming Norwegian national ski museum.

Outdoors, there were many chances to take part or watch snow sports.

Up at the hill, there was a chance to learn how to luge, try out multiple skills in the King of the Mountain race and do a few laps on the night skiing course.

Down in Rossland, bobsledders were mostly unfazed by the warmer snow temperatures, with a few hitting upwards of 70 km/h. There was also the Rail Jam, where skiers and boarders slid over rails and a car’s roof in front of the downtown crowd.

Every night there were numerous places to go, with most pubs having live music and DJs. That was on top of the Olaus Ice Palace, which also featured music and was open Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

Of course, one of the main events took place on Friday, with the parade, followed by the official unveiling of the Olaus Jeldness statue downtown.

Earlier on Friday, from 2:30 a.m. to 6 a.m., Canada AM shot live from downtown, where hundreds of people showed up at the early morning hours to take part and have a chance to be on national TV.

Overall, it was an eventful weekend in Rossland.

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