While skiing and tubing are a staple at Great Bear — the ski valley tried out a different kind of winter activity several years ago.
In this week’s Flashback Friday, Perry Groten takes us back in 1985 for the cardboard races at Great Bear.
Skiing took a back seat to quite a different winter sport at Great Bear ski valley. Over 150 racers slip slidded their way way down the slopes on, of all things, cardboard.
The rules were simple. Make a sled out of cardboard using shipping tape and glue and take off.
(nats of race)
While it may look like there’s not much to cardboard racing other then pushing off and sliding down a hill, a number of participants brought with them a very scientific approach.
“E= more speed square”
“Hold it down and come back forth about 5 or 6 times. Get it all iced up. And these guys are going to cheat and give me a hell of a boost. I’m going to pull up like this and just fly on out. Cheaters always prosper.”
“We got the turbo thrusters on here. I lead with this thing at a 115 mph. We have a fast machine.”
Those crossing the finish line first walked off with record albums and video equipment, courtesy of a local radio station. Unfortunately there were more wipe outs than winners.
“A lot of people have been wiping out, what are you going to do to try to avoid that?”
For some, their prayers were answered, others weren’t quite as lucky.
Perry Groten, KELOLAND News.