“Snow Wars – May the Frost Be With You” theme of winter festival February 8-11 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH

Featured image credit: Dartmouth Winter Carnival

The Dartmouth Winter Carnival started as a snow sporting weekend in 1911. Now it has grown to a three-day campus-wide festival with live music and ice sculptures.

The 2018 theme is “Snow Wars – May the Frost Be With You.” The carnival runs Thursday-Sunday, February 8-11, and most events are open to the public.

Other events include alpine ski competitions, a human dogsled competition, polar bear plunge, chili cook-off, and a costume parade. Prizes will be awarded for costumes in several categories.

Live music will be provided by The Arcadian Wild at One Wheelock and Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra at the Spaulding Auditorium.

Watch The Breadwinner at the Loew Auditorium on Friday night. It’s an animated film about an 11-year-old girl who disguises herself as a boy to support her family. On Saturday in the Loew Auditorium, there’s a live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s L’Elisir d’Amore, the story about a wealthy lady and peasant who wins her love with the help of a magic elixir.

Sports events include ski races, basketball, hockey, and tennis.

View the full carnival schedule.

Dartmouth College is located in Hanover, New Hampshire, 140 miles northwest of Boston.

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