Gore Mountain's 9th Annual Cardboard Derby took place on March 15. The derby is half parade and half race that can put a smile on anyone's face.
Visitors of all sizes lined the snow banks along the course to watch as wacky cardboard creations make their way down the hill. Adding to onlookers delight, fully costumed riders squirmed their way out of the derbies that crashed and burned.
Several of the derby entries were big on art and small on sled engineering. The dragon was one such derby that created a spectacle that didn't slide and needed a handful of guys to get down the course. Others derbies were not much more than a box but flew down the course. Some like a huge Elvis and equally large Easter basket slid down without a hitch. Begging the question, what are they going to do with that thing now?
The Cardboard Derby marks the wind down of another record-breaking season at Gore for skier visits. The opening of the Burnt Ridge area with a high-speed quad and four trails was the highlight for the 2008-09 ski season. The long awaited interconnection is only one chairlift away from becoming a reality.