Nanook Traditions: Winter Carnival

      As the amount of daylight steadily increases and we grow near to the much anticipated spring season, there is one event to be celebrated. Winter Carnival is one of three Nanook Traditions that dates back to 1936. This weekend event is hosted by the Student Activities office and The Department of Recreation Adventure and Wellness. It is dedicated to highlighting the best qualities that Alaska has to offer during the winter months! To see this years schedule click on the following link:2015 Winter Carnival Schedule.

      The winter carnival begins on a Thursday with a Student Organization Fair held at the multilevel lounge at the Wood Center. This is a great place for students who are interested in becoming involved in a student organization as UAF has over 130 student organizations!  The LIVE program (Leadership, Involvement, Volunteer and Experience) always designates a specified service project for each Nanook Tradition. This year LIVE participants are crafting knits for those in need at the Wood Center. The night concludes with a poetry slam at a favorite campus hangout, Arctic Java.

      Friday evening the carnival is in full swing at the Student Recreation Center. Many events are in store for the evening amongst good company, ambient music and delectable snacks around campfires. This includes the Ice Climbing Competition on the Outdoor Ice wall and skating under the stars on the outdoor ice rink (all rental gear required for the ice wall/skating is free). Ice dodge ball is a student favorite as several students form teams to compete for an undefeated title at the Patty Ice Rink. After a fun filled evening students can warm up with a movie at the Hess Recreation Center.

      Saturday is packed with several fun winter activities! A free skate ski clinic is hosted by Outdoor Adventures on the UAF Campus Trails. This is followed by a three hour Skiing and Snowboarding competition at the Hulbert Terrain Park. Meanwhile open ice climbing and a sledding competition will take place at the outdoor climbing tower and the SRC sledding hill. Free sled dog rides will also be offered at Beluga Field for any member of the public. Winter Carnival concludes with a small fee to attend a concert at the UAF Pub or a dance at the Hess Recreation Center for those under the age of 21. This weekend celebration is jam packed with several events at virtually no cost to the students. This Nanook Tradition successfully honors the winter recreation activities that aid in helping Alaskans endure the harsh winters.

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