By Alicia Dziak

The Dummy Downhill has become synonymous with Winter Carnival at Holiday Valley, and it’s one of the highlights of the weekend as people put their hearts and souls into building the most creative and all around best dummies on skis they can.

The idea for this part of the weekend came about in the early 90s, the brainchild of Robin Bissel, who ran the Screaming Eagles at the time. From there, it’s grown into one of the wackiest parts of Winter Carnival, and if you’re familiar with the weekend, that’s no easy feat!

Guests can expect to watch a procession of dummies skiing down the Yodeler slope, over a ski jump and landing without human assistance. According to Jane Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley’s marketing director, some of the favorite dummies over the years have included, Snoopy on his dog house, Gumby, Lorena Bobbitt, ‘Boney’ Miller, a Zippo lighter and Krusty the Clown (made by the resort’s Food & Beverage service entirely out of hot dog rolls).

Do you think you can top those? Try your hand at building and submitting your very own dummy! Entry forms and construction guidelines (there are weight and size requirements and certain building materials need to be avoided) can be found at Race-day registration begins at 1 p.m. on March 15, when dummies will be inspected, weighed and measured. The race begins at 2 p.m.

Dummies are judged by the crowd’s applause, so a good strategy is to go for something fun and funny that might be able to win over the crowd with a particularly aerodynamic jumping style.