As a spring snow storm moves into the Casper area, City officials have announced they're postponing the Hogadon Basin Ski Area Winter Carnival from this weekend until Saturday, April 6th, from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

"Due to snow in the forecast for Friday, the ski area decided to take advantage of one last powder day and delay the carnival to closing weekend. The event will feature live music, food and drink specials, as well as the Pond Skim and Dummy Downhill events. The ski area’s last day will be Sunday, April 7th," states a release from the City of Casper.

The Dummy Downhill starts at 10 a.m. and is free to enter. The participants will release their creation over a ski jump, resulting in "spectacular jumps and spectacular wrecks," according to organizers. There are some rules you need to follow:

  • Dummies should be mounted to a snowboard or two skis, be at least 30 inches tall, have no metal bracing or weights, and should be made of wood, plastic, wire, foam, rubber, tape, vinyl, cardboard, and/or plastic tubing.
  • Sand or a non-hazardous material may be used as weight or ballast.
  • Registrations can be picked up at Hogadon Basin Skier Services.
  • All dummies must be brought to the skier services desk by 9:00 a.m. on March 30th.
  • A lift ticket is not needed to participate.

In the Pond Skim event, you can test your skills by skiing or snowboarding over the Hogadon pond. If you want to be a part of that you'll need to have a lift ticket, pay a $5 entrance fee and sign a waiver. You're also encouraged to bring a change of clothes as organizers say you're guaranteed to get wet.

Spectators are welcome to both the Pond Skim and Dummy Downhill without a lift ticket, but if you don't have one you'll need to walk to both events.

You can find more information on the Hogadon Basin Ski Area website, Hogadon.net.