Cabin Fever - Ski Mag

Cabin Fever

Author:
Updated:
Original:
Olympia, World Record Snowman

Long winters do strange things to people. Using a crane and volunteer muscle, Bethel, Maine, residents constructed Olympia, the world’s biggest snowman (and snow-woman) two winters ago—topping their own 1999 record. Named after U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, the snowman is featured in the recently released Guinness Book of World Records 2010, and at 122 feet was only about 30 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty. Olympia was a study in Maine thriftiness: Her eyelashes were 16 old skis, with five red automobile tires for lips, three truck tires for buttons and 30-foot spruces for arms. “As far as I know, her record still stands,” says Robin Zinchuk, executive director of Bethel’s Chamber of Commerce. The group is taking a break from setting world records but is holding its annual
WinterFest in January. It will feature a far less ambitious construction project. “We’ll have a snow maze,” Zinchuk says, “that will be four feet high.”

Related

LindleyHut Illustration

Cabin Fever

In the backcountry, where pain and satisfaction are often bedfellows, good partners—and good drugs—make all the difference.

Sunday River Snowmaking

Not Done Yet: Boyne Blows Spring Snow at Eastern Resorts

Snow guns are turned back on at Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Loon—because spring skiing should be a right, not a privilege.

SaddlebackLiftTOUT

Saddleback ‘Needs’ $3M or Resort Won’t Open

Resort general manager says Saddleback needs the money in 2 weeks to secure its future.

The East Coast War of Fog tout

The East Coast War of Fog

In the snowy mountains of western Maine, a bitter battle rages. Proud Sugarloafers swear allegiance, while brash Sunday Riverites remember every insult.

Resort Guide 2021 Bretton Woods

2021 Resort Guide East - No. 7: Bretton Woods, N.H.

You won’t find crazy steeps at Bretton Woods, but the scenery alone is worth a visit.