Cardboard fun at Fernie Alpine Resort

Racers took to the slopes at Fernie Alpine Resort on Saturday with their cardboard creations for the Raging Elk Cardboard Derby.

Scarlet Guy

Scarlet Guy

Racers took to the slopes at Fernie Alpine Resort on Saturday with their cardboard creations for the Raging Elk Cardboard Derby.

Five teams built entries for the derby, where teams have to drive their homemade cardboard machines down a slope and try to finish as near a target as possible.

The teams had two chances to make the run next to the Deer Chair.

Some teams went for function over creativity, while others showed off their artistic talent.

John Sharples built a BMW motorcycle for the Raging Elk Hostel’s entry into the race.

“I cut cardboard all summer,” said Sharples about how long it took him to complete the motorcycle.

Joe Howse, who drove the cardboard motorcycle, said that Sharples would probably start work on next year’s entry the day after the race.

The Raging Elk took home the prize for Best Construction.

Scarlet Guy built her version of the Fernie Alpine Resort, complete with the chair lifts and trees, and drove it while dressed up as the Griz, complete with a beard and a cardboard rifle.

Guy won the Best Costume prize.

Tiarnan Kennedy and Mattias Larsen were pilot and co-pilot of The Spitfire Canada, and Rick Kennedy helped the boys steer the Spitfire down the hill.

Larsen and Tiarnan took home the prize for Best Design.

Team Kobasaw built a miniature Bombardier snow cat, which won the prize for Best Driving Skills, after the cardboard cat made a smooth turn away from a potential collision with the spectators. They also won for Best of the Derby.

The team that made it closest to the target was the Black Cat Litter Box, which was created and driven by a group of visitors who are in Fernie for the season.

Even though not all teams made it to the target, the crowd cheered every one on.