People in Steamboat Springs will find any excuse to play in the snow. Tourists pack the sidewalks along Lincoln Avenue to witness a little piece of Routt County history unfold on the Saturday and Sunday of Winter Carnival.
Organization: Steamboat Chamber of Commerce
Dates: 02/06/2013 - 02/10/2013 update info
Time: 9:00:00 AM - 5:00:00 PM
Event Cost: varies
Venue: around town in Steamboat Springs,CO
Contact: Steamboat Springs Chamber
Phone: (970) 879-0880
Beginning as the organizing committee for the first Winter Carnival, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) has maintained the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival as a service to the community since 1914, making it the oldest, continuous winter carnival west of the Mississippi. Winter Carnival started as a way to help residents cope with cabin fever during the height of the Colorado winter season. The event continues to this day as a way to celebrate winter; as a reason for neighbors to gather; and as an opportunity for everyone to experience a piece of Ski Town USAģ history and tradition.
This annual celebration includes a variety of events that embrace our western heritage and highlight Steamboat's tradition of winter sports. The festivities include such events as: Ski Jumping competitions, Snowboarding Jam Session, Soda Pop Slalom, Tubing Party, Diamond Hitch Parade which includes the High School band on skis, Street Events on Lincoln Avenue, and Night Extravaganza at Howelsen Hill with a brilliant fireworks display and the famous Lighted Man.
- Final events include fireworks, synchronized skiing demonstrations and the famous Lighted Man.
- Don't miss the chariot races and marching band on skis
- A 4 day Festival in February
Overview:¬†The first Winter Carnival provided local ranchers an excuse to leave their ranches for a week of fun and games in packed powder conditions. Carl Howelsen, "The Flying Norseman", founded the Winter Carnival in 1914 to give locals a reprieve in February from the monotony of winter. Early participants tested their skills at ski jumping, cross country skiing and shooting.
Today the event features ski races, ski jumping, chariot racing, street events, the shovel race, dog sled pull and the unique High School Marching Band on skis!¬†Ending the weeklong celebration is the ever-popular night show with fireworks, synchronized skiing demonstrations and the famous Lighted Man.
When: An early February event
Where: Various locations around Steamboat Springs
Fees: Most events are Free
Details:¬†The Winter Carnival is traditionally held in early February each year and is organized by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.¬†