Skiers, snowboarders, and outdoor enthusiasts all flock to the Camden Snow Bowl during the winter months for some fun in the snow. But thousands of spectators gather once every year to see a particular event that involves a one-of-a-kind toboggan chute.â€œIâ€™m at the Camden Snow Bowl, the site of the National Toboggan Sled Championships and Iâ€™m joined right now by Andrew Dailey for the Camden Snow Bowl. Tell us a little bit about the race. How long as this been going on?â€ â€œ23 years now, Rob.â€ â€œ23 years. And so, you get a lot of interest. Itâ€™s a national race, but a lot of international attention as well?â€ â€œWe do. We have teams from all over the world, really. London, England this year, the British National Team.â€ â€œThatâ€™s great! So youâ€™re going to take us over and show us the chute now?â€ â€œAbsolutely.â€ â€œLetâ€™s go.â€The Championship continues to grow. This weekend, there are 425 teams entered to compete for bragging rights and hand-crafted toboggan trophies. On top of that, 6 to 8 thousand people are expected to turn out to watch the event and enjoy other festivities in what is known as â€œTobogganville.â€ Many of the townsfolk joke that there will be more people in Tobogganville this weekend than there are in the entire town of Camden.â€œSo hereâ€™s the chute Andrew. Letâ€™s talk about some of the stats here: how long is this?â€ â€œWe have 400ft of pure adrenaline.â€ â€œNice! And I see some of the ice here on the bottom. Roughly how thick is that ice?â€ â€œRight now youâ€™re probably looking at about 1/2â€ to 3/4â€ of an inch there. For the Nationals, we like to get an inch and a half, maybe close to 2 inches of ice for the actual event.â€ â€œWhen people come flying down this thing, theyâ€™re going to go out onto that pond right there?â€ â€œYup, Hosmer Pond.â€ â€œAnd roughly how fast can we expect to be going?â€ â€œYouâ€™re going to may hit 40-45mph.â€ â€œWow!â€To get layers of smooth ice in the chute, Andrew explained that they use a custom Zamboni and a thin layer of plastic at the very bottom to make sure the ice wonâ€™t chip and will be able to handle the hundreds of teams that will compete.â€œSo weâ€™re at the top of the chute, Iâ€™m getting ready to head down here momentarily, Andrew. But first, I wanted to talk about some of the rules and regulations with these sleds.â€ â€œReally, thereâ€™s specs you have to go by, that are on our website, for when youâ€™re building a sled. The main thing is the weight: it has to be 50 pounds or less. The other one is that there are runners on the sled or a flat bottom. The runners have to be just a quarter of an inch off that base slat. Thatâ€™s kind of the main thing.â€ â€œBut theyâ€™re allowed to wax those to get an extra edge?â€ â€œYup, thatâ€™s encouraged. Everyoneâ€™s got their own recipe.â€â€œSo Iâ€™m going to head down this. Number one piece of advice for me?â€ â€œKeep your arms and legs in and scream really loud.â€ â€œSounds like funâ€¦letâ€™s go!â€I took Andrewâ€™s advice as I went flying down the chute. That split-second feeling of having your stomach in your mouth, combined with a rush of adrenaline, was all I needed to understand why these toboggan championships were so popular. Hard to believe, but most of the fastest records for this event are between just 8 and 9 seconds.â€œWell, there you have it. What an adrenaline rush! We went down several times and each time we went progressively faster and faster. I rode with the defending national champion, Jim Jefferson, and he estimated our last run to be going right around 37 mph. Definitely reminiscent of a roller coaster.â€A big thanks to the folks at the Camden Snow Bowl and to WABI-TV5 Photographer Tom Round!For more info on the Camden Snow Bowl, check out their website at www.camdensnowbowl.com.