Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival

Did someone say skijoring on Lincoln Ave., ski jumping through fiery hoops, and fireworks?  This could only mean one thing…it’s almost time for Steamboat’s infamous Winter Carnival!  Every winter around 400 tons of snow is dumped onto the main drag in downtown Steamboat Springs for a full weekend of action-packed festivities.  You won’t believe your eyes as kids ski behind horses ridden by Yampa Valley’s legacy ranchers, or as our very own Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes fly over the jumps at night on Howelsen—lit by flares and LED lights.  Experience this and so much more as Steamboat celebrates its 107th year of the longest running Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi. 

Here’s the lowdown for this year’s shenanigans:

Opening ceremonies begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 on Howelsen Hill.  Make sure to catch the S'More Family Fun on Thursday and the Dual Slalom Bicycle Race on Friday.  All of the street events will take place on Saturday and Sunday, and the “Lighting the Flame” nighttime extravaganza is on Saturday at 7 p.m.  Winter Carnival concludes with the Diamond Hitch Parade on Sunday followed by the Pro Alpine Ski Jumping Finals at 1 p.m.  To see all the events and a more detailed schedule, visit:

This event is a great opportunity to embrace the western heritage upon which Steamboat was founded. Even more, Winter Carnival is a fun-filled weekend with exciting opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy.  We can guarantee this is one event you won’t want to miss out on this 2020 winter season. We’ll see you there!

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