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Dartmouth Winter Carnival


Begun in 1911, Dartmouth's Winter Carnival celebrates the beauty of the winter season in the Upper Valley and the achievements of Dartmouth's many winter sports teams. From humble beginnings as a weekend of winter sporting, Carnival has evolved into a three-day festival of events across campus. Organized each year by students on the Winter Carnival Council in partnership with the Collis Center for Student Involvement, Winter Carnival offers something for everyone!

The 2016 Winter Carnival will be Thursday, Feb. 11 – Sunday, Feb. 14

Want to get involved with planning Winter Carnival? More information on the Winter Carnival Council can be found here.

Quick Links

Poster Contest
Schedule Council

"A Clash of Carnivals: Superheroes vs. Villains"

2015 Winter Carnival Poster

This year's poster, designed by Corinne Romano '15, will be available for purchase during the week of Carnival.

2015 Winter Carnival Ice Sculpture Contest

1st Place:
Team: Northern Lights
Sculpture: The Light House on Rocky Island
Team Members:
Martin Gatens, Robert Truesdale



2nd Place:
Team: D48!!
Sculpture: Jeffrey the Lawn Flamingo
Team Members:
Edward Harvey, Emma Hartswick, Brandt Slayton, Ella Ryan, Lily Zhang



3rd Place:
Team: Rocket
Sculpture: Norse God Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir
Team Members:
Raphael Hviding, Jonathan Gonzalez, Eric Brunner, Jaime Eeg, Deepak John



Sculptor's Choice:
Team: Zeta Psi
Sculpture: Iron Dude A.K.A. Tony Pstark
Team Members:
Brian Flint, Kevin Ozoria, Peter Wang, Shih-Tzer Dawn, Kenneth Amaya, Odon Orzsik




Click here to view more Ice Sculpture pictures.

Annual Winter Carnival Ice Sculpture Contest 

ice carving

The Winter Carnival Council and Collis Center for Student Involvement are sponsoring an ice sculpture contest again this year! 

Sign up your team, organization, department, or group of friends to build a sculpture for the Ice Sculpting Contest. Only the first 20 teams that sign up and pay their deposit will be able to participate, so sign up now! 

  • The Class of 1977 is generously sponsoring cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!
  • The carving will be done Thursday and Friday, February 5 & 6. 
  • Each team gets to have a professional sculptor make major cuts on the sculpture (to the team’s specifications) before carving the rest by hand!
  • For excellent sources of knowledge and inspiration, check out the links below.
  • A $25 deposit is required from all teams to ensure the return of the professional tools provided to each team, as well as completion of the team's sculpture.  

Please click HERE for contest details, or blitz Gustavo or Juliann for more information. When you're ready to sign up, click HERE! (FULL)

2015 Winter Carnival Schedule

Below, please find a tentative schedule for the weekend. Use the navigation buttons to scroll through all the pages of events. Please check back often, as more events are being confirmed each week! 

2015 Winter Carnival Council

The 2015 Winter Carnival Council

Council Advisor: Juliann Coombs, Collis Center

Council Chairs: Katie Gibson '15 & Garrett Watumull '16

Sculpture Advisor: Joe Castelot, Collis Center

Sculpture Chair: Ben Nelson '17

Core Team: Gustavo Mercado Muniz '16, Hannah Carlino '17, Kayuri Bhimani '17, Liane Makatura '17, Lauren Mitchell '18, Sam Rauschenfels '14

Winter Carnival is organized by the Collis Center for Student Involvement Office & Programming Board at Dartmouth College. For more information, call 603-646-3399 or email us at

Last Updated: 10/14/15