Cardboard box sleds race for the gold at Powder Ridge


Middlefield, CT. (Feb. 6, 2018) Powder Ridge Park will host our 1st revival of the Cardboard box sled race. Challenging family, friends and businesses to build the fastest sled and race it down the mountain for a great cause.

The race will benefit the John J. Nerden RTC Camp (Camp Nerden) in Middlefield.  Camp Nerden  has just celebrated its 50th anniversary serving the community and those with intellectual disabilities.  “The camp is supported solely by donations from local businesses, civic organizations, service clubs, interested individuals, and requests for funding from the cities and towns we serve,” explains Laurie Russell, President of the Board of Directors.  “We love the idea of coming together with Powder Ridge and the community for this event.”

Participants can be a part by entering one of two divisions; The Family Division, parents can help build but children must be the passengers, $20. Per sled. And the Team division for businesses, friends and coworkers, $100 per sled. Sign up on line at Purchase before Feb. 25th and receive 25% off! Enter coupon code “boxsled”.

“In the past, this event had been part of Powder Ridge’s history. Area businesses and municipalities would come together to help local charities.” says Sean Hayes, CEO. “As a member of the community we are very excited to bring this event back and help benefit our neighbor at Camp Nerden”.

Awards will be given out for best design, funniest, most creative helmet and fastest speed and of course yearlong bragging rights!

Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort is the first full service year-round urban mountain sports park and resort, featuring skiing, snowboarding, tubing, mountain biking and synthetic snow adventures for all ages. The 225-acre facility is centrally located in the heart of Connecticut at the junction of all the major throughways, providing easy access to the over 23 million people within a 90-mile radius.  The newly renovated lodge houses the Marketplace for casual dining and large events.  On the second floor of the lodge is the Ridgeside Tavern, Fire at The Ridge Restaurant, and 10 hotel rooms.  The mountain has been upgraded with new snow making equipment, snow grooming vehicles, and updated aerial and surface lifts.  The training center is the only Terrain Based Learning Facility in CT, which utilizes sculpted snow to give beginners high level skiing and riding sensations without the fear or risks of falling and stopping.

The John J. Nerden RTC Camp has provided a free year-round recreational program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities from 18 cities and towns in the central Connecticut area for over 50 years.  Located on 15 acres of land in Middlefield donated by Powder Hill Ski Area in 1965, Camp provides 7 weeks each summer of recreational programming for approximately 125 campers ranging in age from pre-school to adult.  Activities include swimming, arts and crafts, outdoor recreation, music, special events, and a weekly cook-out.  All this is done at no cost to the campers and their families.  For further information please visit our website at


If you would like more information about this topic, call Laura Loffredo at (860) 894-2205 or contact Powder Ridge by email.