Red Baron Jesse Forgeon zooms into
history as the winner of The Most Creative Snow Box award.
Snow box Bonanza
Rotarun’s Snow Box Derby
attracts kids of all ages
Words by Dana
Photos by Willy Cook
five years, the Wood River Valley’s minor-league Rotarun Ski Area, on
Croy Creek Road west of Hailey, has been the site of some of the most
creative and dazzling displays of sheer lunacy and fun.
It’s every man for
himself as teeth and claws are bared in this highly competitive derby.
The Snow Box Derby, a
true mountain-town kind of event, is sponsored by the Blaine County
Recreation District, Rotarun Ski Club, Ruscitto Latham Blanton
Architecture, the Kiwanis Club and Smoky Mountain Pizza.
Not displaying the usual
grace of a Sun Valley Suns hockey player, John Stevens is
unceremoniously dumped out of his pirate ship.
This year, the Sixth
Annual Snow Box Derby is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 25.
Open to ages 5 and older, the derby offers multiple divisions in which
to compete: Peewee, Junior, Teen, Adult and Professional. The only
construction materials allowed are cardboard, paint, tape and glue, with
detailing for purely visual effects encouraged. Wings, tails, teeth,
towers—just about anything goes here.
contestant is more concerned with hanging on to his Gatorade than his
“It’s like the Rose
Bowl parade, where you have to use flowers,” said Dave Keir, BCRD
recreation director. “After that, you can take it wherever you want.
We’ve had racecars, floating islands, snow cats, Sponge Bob, the Red
Baron and a Wicked Spud potato. The Hailey Coffee Company did a cup and
saucer one year.”
Team Alpine heads out
for a smooth start,
which is more than can be said for Number 25.
Mostly it’s a fun
outing for the family, a silly spectator sport and as much fun as you
can have standing in the snow on a (small) mountain in Idaho.
“What’s fun is watching the sleds do a yard sale all the way down. They
just seem to disintegrate,” Keir said with a laugh. “Wipeouts, the
outfits and the funny hats are all fun. It’s good, friendly competition.
And the number-one thing is everyone goes home in one piece.” Even if
your snow box doesn’t.
This tough competitor is
so sure of his prowess on the slopes of Rotarun that he has no need for
goggles or a snow suit.
“Kids of all ages” is the Snow
Box Derby’s unofficial slogan, which Ruscitto Latham Blanton architect
Michael Bull takes to heart when he volunteers to be the firm’s driver
for the day.