Chestnut Mountain, the lower Midwest's largest ski resort, is hosting the Heartland's first ski resort winter carnival the weekend of Feb. 25-26.  It promises fun for the whole family with games, competitions and live music. 


On Saturday there will be a Wiener Race (don’t ask) and the fourth annual Big Nut Open snowboard competition followed by a torch light parade that evening and a fireworks display over the Mississippi River.  Live music provided by Madison will be taking place in the Three Gables Lounge from 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. The Silly Slalom takes place on Sunday afternoon.  There will be a slew of carnival games and food available both days, and Jo Jo The Clown will be hanging around the slopes both days from 12-3 p.m on Saturday and 11 a.m to 2 p.m on Sunday.


The Big Nut Open is a Super Park Slopestyle event and Rail Garden Rail Jam for both non-open and open classes.  Entry fee is $15 for one Non-Open event and $20 for both.  Open Class fee is $20 for a single event or $25 for both.  Open Class will be competing for cash prizes with at least a minimum prize of $500 for the men’s open class.


Chestnut has a couple of weekend lift and lodging packages available all winter long.  The No Frills, Just Thrills Package, good for Friday and Saturday night lodging, starts from $115 per person, per night based on double occupancy.  It includes a two-day lift ticket.  The all-inclusive Weekend Ski Package starts from $345 per person, based on double occupancy.  It includes two nights' lodging, two two-day lift tickets, breakfast and lunch both days, and dinner Saturday night.