Planning a ski trip to any of the resorts around the Twin Cities the last of January?  You might want to check out the nation's oldest winter carnival, which takes place in St. Paul Jan. 21-31.  They are celebrating 124 years this year.  

Wild Mountain, Afton Alps, or Welch Village are all located within an hour of St. Paul.

There isn't an event they haven't tried on snow over the last century.  Blanket tossing and snow golf still rate high with these Midwestern revelers. More than 300,000 people are expected to attend this winter's event over its 10-day run.  It's not only the nation's oldest winter carnival, it's the best attended.  Events include parades, ice carving contests, hockey tournaments, art shows, and a blues music and film festival.  Click on the link below for more information.  Individual event tickets range in price from $15 to $75. 

All three of the surrounding ski areas have gotten off to a good start this season.  Wild opened in November, and the other two weren't far behind.  Conditions have been optimum so far for skiing and riding.  Spend the day on the slopes and head into St. Paul for a little revelry in the evening.  The Winter Carnival is big, historic, and fun.  A lot has changed since 1887 when that first carnival took place, but not the spirit of the event.  

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