104th Annual Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival Schedule
Winter Carnival is one of Steamboat's two favorite weekends of the year. It is also easily the easiest time of the year to understand why Steamboat Springs is special. The best thing about Steamboat is the sense of community here. Part of that sense of community is our dedication to mountain life and Winter Carnival shows that off all in one long weekend like nothing else. Where else closes a US Highway through their downtown for two mornings to cover it with snow and drag kids behind galloping horses, gives 6 year olds flares to ski down an icy slope at night, has a lighted man that sets off fireworks from his back while skiing, ski jumpers flying through a ring of fire, fireworks, and more much more all at once. The Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival is a must see for locals and visitors alike. Now I need to plan some time to pull the kids behind our snowmobile at 60 mph to prepare then for the street events...
Wednesday, February 8th
5:30 P.M. Opening Ceremonies- Honoring the Winter Carnival Queen, the Little Princesses and the Grand Marshals; Location: Olympian Hall, Howelsen Lodge.
6:00-8:00 P.M. Speed and Flight Night Ski Jumping- Learn to ski jump at historic Howelsen Hill, under the lights; Location: Howelsen Hill.
Thursday, February 9th
5:00 P.M. Cross-Country Obstacle Race- A fun and challenging race for Nordic Skiers; Location: Howelsen Hill.
5:30-6:30 P.M. Parent-Child Duals- Race head to head with your favorite Parent or Child. Choose between GS style or Dual Moguls; Location: Howelsen Hill
5:00-6:00 P.M. Air Bag Jam and Terrain Park Session- Watch Athletes from the Winter Sports Club show off and launch into the Air Bag and style out in the Terrain Park; Location: Howelsen Hill.
6:00-9:00 S'More Family Fun Party- Enjoy an evening of fun and activities, family style chili and a party taking place under the big white tent. Cost $10 per Adult/$5 for kids 12 and under.
7:00-9:00 Dual GS Ski Race- Come Race head to head and see if you are the fastest in the land; Location: Howelsen Hill.
Friday, February 10th
10:00 A.M. Christy Sports Soda Pop Slalom- Fun Race, open to everyone in the 5th grade or under 10 program.
Pre Registration is required at the the Winter Sports Club office.
1:30-3:00 P.M. Ski Jumping Jamboree- An enjoyable time for the kids to take to the Bump Jump and 20 Meter Jump and try their skills at ski flying fun.
Open to the public, registration is required.
3:00-5:00 P.M. Snow Sculpture Judging- Take a stroll down Lincoln Ave and view the hand carved snow sculptures created by local artists and students.
4:00 - 6:00 P.M. NORDIC JUMPING EXHIBITION (SSWSC Athletes, Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th) SSWSC Nordic Combined athletes jumping the Hill Size 20, 30, 45,75 and 100. 6:00 - 7:00 P.M. AMATEUR SKI JUMPING (Ages 15+, Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th) Ski Jumping (on alpine equipment) under the lights on the historic ski jumps of Howelsen Hill. Prizes, jumping and high-flying fun. Register ($25) the night of the event from 5:00-5:45 pm in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. For more information, contact Pat Arnone at 970-734-8966. 5:00-5:45 pm in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. For more information, contact Pat Arnone at 970-734-8966.
6:00-8:00 P.M. Wheels Dual Slalom Bike Race- Always Entertaining head to head bike race on the face of Howelsen Hill.
7:00-12:00 A.M. Tito's Mountain Soiree, Steamboat Style- Kick off the 103rd Carnival in Style. An evening of fun, food, libations and music from Loose Change.
Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 970-879-0695 or www.sswsc.tix.com.
Saturday, February 11th
8:00-11:00 A.M. Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast-Yum! Hosted by the Knights of Columbus, the perfect way to start your Carnival day.
Donations accepted. Location, Holy Name Church, 524 Oak Street.
8:00 A.M. 100 Meter Nordic Sprint- Who is the fastest on skinny skis? Male and Female divisions.
9:00-Noon Street Events- The most popular and always entertaining show featuring kids on skis, being pulled by horses. A Must See!
1:00 P.M. Pro Alpine Jumping Qualification-Ski Jumping at it's finest. Participants launch of the big hill in alpine gear for glory.
6:15-6:45 P.M. SSWSC Expo- Athletes demonstrate their skills in all disciplines.
7:00 P.M. Night Extravaganza- An Evening full of entertainment at the Historic Howelsen Hill, featuring the lighted man and the State's greatest fireworks display.
Sunday, February 12th
9:00 -Noon Street Events- The most popular and always entertaining show featuring kids on skis, being pulled by horses. A Must See!
11:30 P.M. Diamond Hitch Parade- End the 103rd Winter Carnival in Style and watch the world's only marching band on skis. The diamond hitch parade consists of a rope tied in the shape of one or more diamonds. Each entry travels the parade route on snow being pulled by horses, tractors, or even snow cats. Always entertaining and full of laughs.
1:00 P.M. PRO ALPINE SKI JUMPING FINALS (By Qualification, Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th) This is a must-see ski jumping event with participants launching off of the HS127 “Big Hill” on alpine skis and boots, rather than the usual ski jumping equipment. Watch as world records get broken! For more information, contact Pat Arnone at 970-734- 8966, $100 entry fee.