U.S. Toboggan Nationals begin today, Feb. 8, at Camden Snow Bowl and events planned for the day will proceed, according to officials. Friday's events will continue as planned, with all events one hour earlier than scheduled, according to a press release from the Toboggan Nationals committee.

Andrew Dailey said the toboggan chute will be open Friday and the $5 fee will be waived for teams wishing to practice.

According to the press release, weather permitting, Friday's schedule remains the same, but with registration and toboggan inspection and the mountain closing an hour earlier. The toboggan chute will be open for practice runs and to the general public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Team registration and toboggan inspections will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be no fee for registered teams to take practice runs Friday; the cost for the public is $5 per person.

Down the Chute beer and wine tasting has been cancelled, according to the Facebook page, which states"Ticket holders and brewers are expressing enough concern that we have decided to cancel today's First Eva' Down the Chute Beer & Wine Challenge. We are heartbroken that so much hard work and planning went into this event just to have mother nature one up us. I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm SORRY. We will now set about the business of refunding tickets and cleaning up all the other details."

According to Dailey, all events for Saturday have been canceled due to the blizzard warning in effect all day.

Racing will resume Sunday, with one run for each team and finals, in the normal format, to proceed beginning at 8 a.m., he said.

According to the press release, Sunday events will start at 8 a.m. with two-person and three-person teams taking a single run to qualify for the finals. Following that group will be the experimental and the four-person teams. Best times for each division qualify, with 25 top times making it in the finals in the two-person and three-person divisions; top 50 times qualify for the finals in the four-person division. For the experimental group, the top three times qualify for the finals.

Following a lunch break, and memorial sled runs, the finals will begin at approximately 1 p.m. The format is two runs each for all divisions, beginning with the two-person and three-person teams, followed by the four-person and experimental teams.

The tubing hill will be closed Friday, but the mountain will be open to skiers and snowboarders until 6 p.m., weather permitting.

“As soon as the weather clears on Saturday and it is safe, the Toboggan committee will be out at Tobogganville cleaning up the chute as quickly as they can to get it ready for Sunday morning; since it needs to be shoveled out by hand, said Holly S. Edwards, U.S. Toboggan Nationals chairman. "We are very excited to have everyone in town and we look forward to race day on Sunday. We are going to do our best to get everyone out there to race on Sunday and have a good time. We know this is the place folks are going to want to be to play in the snow and there will still be a ton to do .”

Changes to any of the current plans and opening and closing times will be posted on the Camden Snow Bowl's website at camdensnowbowl.com and on the U.S. National Toboggan Championships website.



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