THE TOBOGGAN CHUTE IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE 2021 SEASON DUE TO THE THAWING ON THE POND. Thank you for the best season in toboggan history and see you next year!

Be a kid again, with your kids!

The Jack Williams Toboggan Chute is open Saturdays and Sundays as long as there is adequate ice in the chute and on Hosmer Pond. Check the Conditions Report on the front page of the website for updates.

The cost is $10 per person per hour. To pay with cash or check go direct to the chute (straight and bear left off the parking lot, around the pond). For credit card transactions please go to the ticket window bump-out on the base lodge deck.

The toboggan chute is a handmade wooden trough, flooded with ice, with an outrun at the end onto Hosmer Pond. Ice conditions must be safe to open the chute, so if you are planning a trip it is wise to check the Conditions Report first to ensure it is operating. The chute is typically open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is also open during school vacation week in February.

Children must be at least 42 inches tall to ride a toboggan down the chute.

The Jack Williams Toboggan Chute is closed to the public Saturday and Sunday during the second weekend in February for the annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships (2021 CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE CANCELED DUE TO COVID). Visit the Toboggan Championships page for more details, including the full schedule and team registration information.

Private Rental: The toboggan chute is available to rent for private social and business events each winter, during times that we are not typically open to the public. Cost is $150/hour, for a mimimum of two hours, and toboggans are provided. Contact the office for more information.

Please be advised that all users are obligated to follow Maine’s pandemic mandates.


  • Wear old clothes that are not too bulky. The toboggans move quickly and clothing can be damaged by contact with the sides of the chute.
  • Consider wearing goggles and/or a helmet.
  • No exposed skin is allowed-gloves or mittens a must. Keeping your face covered is recommended.
  • All body parts must stay on and in the toboggan – no waving.
  • Nothing may hang off the toboggan (long hats, scarves and loose clothing must be tucked in.)
  • All riders must fit safely on the sled and be seated facing forward.
  • All riders gripping toboggan rope must have thumbs back toward the body or in a manner approved by operators.
  • Toboggan rope must not pass over heads or wrap around bodies or necks.
  • Must be 42” or taller to ride a toboggan.

The Jack Williams Toboggan Chute at the Camden Snow Bowl was built in 1936 and is the only one of its kind in the country.

Read: The History of the Chute