Outdoors

Weekend Getaway for Feb. 26

White Pass Winter Carnival

WHAT: White Pass is celebrating the 29th anniversary of its Winter Carnival this weekend. As usual, the centerpiece of the carnival is a giant snow castle that kids can slide on. This year, the castle will be built in the base area. The event includes a snow sculpture contest.

HISTORY: Yakima’s Dave Mahre, who died in 2005, built the original castles. The ski area website says building the snow castle takes 60 tons of snow and 750 hours.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday.

WHERE: White Pass Ski Area.

GETTING THERE: From Interstate 5 or state Route 7, follow U.S. Highway 12 east to White Pass.

ALSO: Events include carnival games, face painting, an obstacle course for kids, live music, races, fireworks and a torchlight parade

COST: Many carnival activities are free. To ski, lift tickets are $62, $42 for juniors 7-15, $5 for those 6 and younger and 73 and older. Entry in the Ski 4 Kids (ages 5-12) is $135 with training Saturday and racing Sunday.

Information: skiwhitepass.com.

Craig Hill, craig.hill@thenewstribune.com

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