Toboggan National organizers and the Camden Snow Bowl will once again host teams and spectators from all over the country for a long weekend dedicated to the zany sport of traditional wooden toboggan racing. We hope you have a great time while you are here, that you enjoy all that Camden has to offer, and that you stay warm and have a safe time outdoors.
The original toboggan chute dates back to 1937 and in 1991 it was officially dedicated as the Jack R. Williams Toboggan Chute and the first U.S. National Toboggan Championships were held. The Toboggan Nationals is an event created by Williams and then-Camden Parks and Recreation Director Ken Bailey. Still going strong, the Toboggan Nationals boasts a field of a maximum of 425 teams, nearly 1,300 racers and more than 6,000 spectators over three days of spirited competition. This event makes the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area the most popular place to be in the Midcoast each February.
Registration and practice runs are held on Friday, with racing commencing Saturday and finishing up Sunday morning. Sunday at noon kicks off the finals, when the trophy winners are named and honored.
The Toboggan Nationals would not be possible without the efforts of dozens of volunteers, who contribute hundreds of hours year-round to plan, prepare for and manage the event. The Event Committee wishes to thank all those who have made it possible to hold this special event at the Snow Bowl – going on 29 years. Take a moment to thank the volunteers, as well as the generous sponsors, advertisers and vendors who pitch in year after year with their time, expertise and funding to make this event a huge success. Don’t forget the racers either, as they contribute their talent, entry fees, sense of humor and bravery to bring this event to life.
Our sponsors are truly highly-valued partners on our team. Their financial and in-kind support helps contribute to the ongoing viability of the Camden Snow Bowl, one of the few community-owned ski areas left in this country. Please patronize our generous sponsors and join us in thanking them for their support.
2018 Toboggan Championship Committee members:
Holly Edwards (cochairman), Stuart Young (co-chairman), Bob Annis, Sandy Cox, Tom Cox, Tom Dowd, Jim Jefferson, Steve Pixley, and Beth Ward (Camden Snow Bowl General Manager).