Winter Carnival: Heroes and Villains Find Their Power, in These Frozen Winter Hours!

Beards Competition

Beards Competition

Early in December, clean-shaven competitors sign up in three different categories (beards, goatees, and sideburns). Contestants then have two months to grow the fullest facial hair possible. Finally, in an attempt to wow the judges, they often show off their beards using costumes, songs, skits, and the like.

Broomball

Broomball

Always intense, always a favorite, broomball is much like hockey, and yet... Using duct-taped brooms, a mid-sized ball, and no skates, players slide madly around the ice trying to put the ball past the goalie. Sounds simple if you've never tried it.

Curling

Curling

Students compete in this ancient Scottish game at the Calumet Armory, where they throw granite stones across the ice and coax them along with brooms.

Human Dog Sled Race

Human Dog Sled

On your mark, get set, pull! Six runners haul four riders and a musher in this zany event.

Ice Bowling

Ice Bowling

One team member is hurled down the lane by other members trying to knock down as many pins as possible.

Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing

Competitors brave early hours and cold out on Chassell Bay in search of the biggest northern pike or walleye. The competition is divided into two categories, individual and team effort, and is judged based on the weight of the fish caught. Participants pay a registration fee that becomes prize money. The fish must be alive when weighed, or else they will not be considered for scoring.

Skating

Skating

Relay races are held at Dee Stadium, in downtown Houghton.

Skiing

Skiing

Student organizations compete in races at the Tech Trails (Cross-Country) and at the Mt. Ripley Ski Hill (Downhill).

Snow Volleyball

Snow Volleyball

Volleyball in the snow makes for interesting competition. Teams must battle the cold weather and loose footing while making a run for Winter Carnival glory. Teams of six bump, set, and spike their way to victory.

Snowshoe Races

Yooper Sprint

To run in 27-inch snowshoes requires much coordination and power. In the sprint relay, it's a mad dash for the finish, while the cross-country relay requires more stamina and endurance.

Tug-o-War

Tug-o-War

On dry land, this event can be an easy win with sufficiently hefty people on your side, but at Carnival it is also a team-wide test of grip on ice.