The Carlington Summit
by Frances Tanner.

Deep, natural snow has created a local winter playground for tube-riders and snowboarders alike at Carlington Snowpark, making it the place to be for youth and families alike and deep relief to local operator Mark Denault. After last year's dismal weather, Denault brought in $25,000 worth of snow-making equipment — and hasn't had to use it once.

Large school groups arrive daily, and reasonable prices keep the hill within local means. Children under four years ride the inner tubes for free, while prices for children under 12 start at $6 for an hour's tubing, up to $9 for three hours. Teens and adults pay between $7 and $11 for the same times.

Snowboarding is the big attraction for older youth, for whom snow has been shaped into half-pipes, moguls and other challenges. Prices are only $12 on weekday evenings or for a five-hour pass on weekends, rising to $15 for those with the stamina to stay all day on Saturday or Sunday. Riders may bring their own boards and boots or rent everything they need at the hill.

Hours on Monday to Friday are 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Snowpark is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. During March break, hours will be extended — dare we say weather permitting?

Call 729-9206 to inquire about rentals and their popular snowboarding lessons.

If you are headed to the hill by car, don't forget that a large parking lot is open behind the Dulude arena every evening and weekend.