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DU students celebrate winter with annual carnival

University of Denver students are celebrating winter in the Rockies during Winter Carnival Jan. 28–Feb. 3. Sponsored by the DU Programs Board (DUPB), the 47th annual weeklong carnival combines on-campus activities with a mountain adventure in Breckenridge.

Jan. 28— Polar Bear Run/Walk
The carnival begins with a 5K Polar Bear Run/Walk at Washington Park starting at 9 a.m. The starting line is across Louisiana in the southeast part of Washington Park. Proceeds benefit the Bridge Project. Each entrant receives a long sleeved t-shirt and post-event refreshments. 

Feb. 1—Movie Off the Grid
Olympic skier turned NFL football player Jeremy Bloom serves as narrator as the world’s best winter sports athletes embark on a global mission to discover the deepest snow, the steepest mountains and the world’s gnarliest snowball fight. Olympic 2006 medalist Toby Dawson and X-Games gold medalists Zach and Reggie Crist pack the notable cast of this adrenaline-filled documentary-style Warren Miller film.

Feb. 3—Breckenridge
A bus ride (optional), meal voucher, ice skating and sleigh rides at Beaver Run Resort are on tap for undergraduate students for $10 per ticket. Participants will be eligible for nearly $5,000 in prizes, including iPods. Buses leave DU at 8 a.m. and depart Breckenridge at 6 p.m. So far, 50 students have signed up.

“It’s a great way to have a good time with your friends even if you’re not a skier,” says Antoine Perretta, a freshman hospitality major and co-director of DUPB’s traditions committee. 

Perretta says the trip to Breckenridge is a good alternative to spending a Saturday in Denver.

DUPB is an internally elected group of students who serve on a variety of committees that search for diverse and interesting events to be held on campus. Visit for more.

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