For the past four decades, the Sandpoint Winter Carnival has given Inland Northwest residents the perfect excuse to celebrate the wonder of winter. Throughout the 10-day carnival, locals and visitors alike can sample tasty regional cuisine as part of the Taste of Sandpoint, shop the “Abominable Snow Sale” at local businesses and partake in winter crafts. Favorite carnival traditions include the daring skijoring contest — combining horseback riding and skiing, as skiers are towed on a rope behind a horse — relaxing sleigh rides, fireworks and laser lights shows, and the adorable K9 keg pull. Check out the full schedule of festival events online.
— Colleen Fogerty