Not everyone is happy
about it, but the Pinedale Town Council approved
the use of Burzlander Park sledding
hill for the Cardboard Classic, a sledding
contest that enables families and friends to
create homemade sleds for a timed event
during the Pinedale Winter Carnival, Feb.
15 to Feb. 18.
The council voted at its Jan. 28 meeting
to commit staff to moving snow and grooming
the hill for the event.
Traditionally, the sledding event takes
place on Sunday of the Pinedale Winter
Carnival weekend at White Pine Ski Resort.
However, this year the skijoring competition
was expanded to two days, including a
sanctioned event that will draw competitors
from outside the community.
To eliminate conflicts, organizers with
Main Street Pinedale originally scheduled
the 2019 Cardboard Classic for Saturday
at White Pine Ski Resort. However, White
Pine Chief Executive Officer Alan Blackburn
took offense, saying he received late
notice of the change and moving the date
takes business out of his pocket.
Blackburn issued a statement this week,
saying the ski resort must close the tubing
hill for the annual Cardboard Classic. He
was notified of the changed date only four
weeks before the event.
Main Street Pinedale Board Member
Bolgiano, vice chairman, said the change in
scheduling had come after the skijoring
competition was extended. They expect to
attract larger numbers of competitors and
observers and would be able to increase the
prize purse and increased entry fees would
provide funding for Main Street Pinedale.
“We have spent four years attracting
tubing hill business. Many travel from
Sweetwater and Fremont counties for a fun
afternoon of tubing,” Blackburn said in his
“It’s the biggest tubing revenue day of the
week and White Pine simply cannot afford
to turn away business. And we don’t want to
be in a situation where customers drive two
or more hours to come to White Pine only to
be told that they cannot tube because of the
Cardboard Classic,” Blackburn said.
White Pine absorbs all the costs in preparing
for the Cardboard Classic, even on Sundays,
and the only source of income is from
entry fees, Blackburn said.
One solution proposed was moving the
time of the Cardboard Classic to Saturday
morning, before the tubing hill opens in the
However, that recommendation was
turned down due to conflicts with the annual
Radakovich and Bolgiano appeared at
the Jan. 28 council meeting and asked the
town to help host the Cardboard Classic
at Burzlander Park. The council approved
the move and also approved employee assistance
in moving snow to the location and
some grooming to prepare the hill.
Bolgiano said the change was last minute
for this year. He said parking at the ball
fields and at areas businesses would be used.
“I am disappointed by this reaction as the
numerous events that White Pine hosts bring
a great deal of business to the lodging and
catering businesses in the town,” Blackburn
said in his prepared statement.
“The key people who will truly miss out
will be the youngsters. White Pine’s Junior
Snowsports Club members is comprised
of more than 160 students, kindergarten to
eighth grade, and they had planned to build
crafts to participate in this year’s event,”
Blackburn said. “So as not to disappoint our
young skiers and snowboarders, a cardboard
event will be added to the ski resort’s Spring
Fling, which forms part of the final weekend’s
celebrations at White Pine at the end
of the season, March 24.”