Paoli Peaks, in southern Indiana between Indianapolis and Louisville, is hosting its second annual Winter Carnival March 6-7, with events that will appeal to the whole family.
Saturday is the employee costume judging, the always popular cardboard sled race, a snow sculpture contest, and the spectator popular slosh pit and bikini races. There also will be a slopestyle race, and Snow Golf, an old Hoosier tradition. Sleds must be constructed only of cardboard. Duct tape and glue is allowed. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and brats will be served on the deck.
Sunday is tubing day. The Hat Grab winner is the competitor that grabs the most hats while tubing down the hill; no chin straps allowed. There's also a tube slosh pit, a relay race, and a dummy race. Other contests include a garbage sack race, and a snowmaking hose race where four person teams race down the hill through a slalom course with a 50-foot hose.
Paoli Peaks has a number of lodging establishments in the area that offer lift and lodging packages including the nearby French Lick Resort and Casino, truly one of America's grand old hotels, starting from $89 per person, double occupancy. There's even limited slopeside lodging available from $49 per person midweek, based on quad occupancy, that includes three days' worth of lift tickets. Children six and under ski and ride free when accompanied by parents.