The beloved U.S. Toboggan National Championships is returning this weekend for its 31st year.
Last year, for the first time, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancelation of the highly anticipated event. But this year is expected to bring a large crowd to the Camden Snow Bowl.
Take a trip down memory lane and get excited for the only organized wooden toboggan race in the country.
Clockwise from left: Shannon Bryan lets out a scream while making a run with teammate Josh Smigelski at the U.S. Toboggan Championships, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Camden, Maine; The championships chute in 2018; A four-man toboggan team called the Ray Bandits makes its first run. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP and Lauren Abbate / BDN
Clockwise from left: A team competes during the U.S. National Toboggan Championships at the Snow Bowl in Camden in February 2015; A costumed team makes their way to the start; A team zips down the chute. Credit: Ashley L. Conti / BDN
Clockwise from left: BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki sits in a toboggan in January 2016 at the top of the Jack Williams Toboggan Chute at the Camden Snow Bowl; tewart Young (left), chute master of the U.S. National Toboggan Championships for the past 16 years in Camden, stands at the top of the toboggan chute with Landon Fake (center), general manager of the Camden Snow Bowl; A group of racers relax by the fire at their encampment in “Tobogganville” on Hosmer Pond at the 25th annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships in February 2015; A toboggan starts its trip down the chute at the 25th event; The toboggan chute sign can be seen in Camden. Credit: Aislinn Sarnacki / BDN
Water was visible in 2016 on top of the ice at Hosmer Pond in Camden. With rain and warm weather causing concerns about the thickness being sufficient to support the weight of racers and spectators, organizers decided to move the U.S. National Toboggan Championships from the 400-foot long toboggan chute to a path that will be carved out of the snow along the adjacent Camden Snow Bowl ski slope seen in the background.