It may be a bold statement, but while there are numerous pleasures in a Camden winter (the holidays, snow sports, cozy times around a fire, a quiet harbor…), I think the event that generates the most energy and excitement is definitely the Toboggan Nationals weekend.
Hosmer Pond next to the Camden Snow Bowl becomes a tiny village of tents and shacks - a unique social scene akin to tailgating, with fast sleds and creative costumes as the main event. Spectating is done primarily from the ice, though the food tents up on the hill next to the chute generate enthusiasm and a good crowd too. The weather took a toboggan chute-like plummet from balmy to frigid, but I saw competitors and spectators fully enjoying themselves. There’s also a fun and fast tubing hill, and of course, many skiers and snowboarders took advantage of the Snow Bowl’s trails.
And the fireworks! Oh how I do love a good fireworks show, and Saturday’s display over the harbor did not disappoint!
PS If you disagree, feel free to share YOUR favorite part of winter in Camden!