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Winter Carnival

Please check back for information on next year’s 2022 Winter Carnival, scheduled for Feb 9-13, 2022

Thank you to the community

The 108th Winter Carnival has passed without some of our favorite highlights, but 2022 will be here before we know it, and we look forward to enjoying all of our familiar activities together.

Thank you, Steamboat Springs community, for your purchases of buffs, buttons and posters to show your support of our annual celebration. This year’s poster and buff artwork, sponsored by Steamboat Sotheby’s, was a perfect representation of our Winter Carnival traditions on Lincoln Avenue. Once again, the city of Steamboat Springs honored buttons and buffs for free skiing at Howelsen Hill Ski Area throughout the carnival, and many locals and visitors enjoyed our home hill. Thank you.

Special thanks to the Steamboat Pilot & Today team who produced great Winter Carnival memories through their numerous stories highlighting longtime locals’ carnival memories. If you have not read these stories, I recommend that you take the time to find them at In a year when the job of a reporter focused on so many local and global challenges, these stories reminded us of the many reasons we love the Yampa Valley and of the importance of our heritage and longstanding traditions. Thank you to the staff at the Steamboat Pilot.

A huge shout-out to Brian Harvey and Steamboat Radio who recorded interviews with longtime locals, reliving special memories of Winter Carnivals gone by. All of these interviews can be found at They are priceless. Brian, we thank you for your commitment to Steamboat and our entire community.

Yampa Valley Bank and Tim Borden gave us a fireworks show that, although watched from afar, brought cheering and celebrating to the valley for just a little bit Saturday night, reminding us of the “Big Show” during Winter Carnival 2020.

We look forward to celebrating the 109th Winter Carnival in February 2022.

Thank you, Steamboat.

Sarah Floyd

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club executive director

Winter Carnival Posters and Buffs


*SSWSC athletes and coaches will be receiving a complimentary buff with their membership! Buy yours locally at the following vendors:
Pine Moon Off the Beaten Path Lyon’s Corner Drug Johnny B Good’s Elevated Olive Bucking Rainbow Yampa Valley Bank F.M. Light & Sons Ski Haus Steamboat Specialties /Steamboat Hat shop Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty

The 108th Winter Carnival artwork was created by artist Sarah Juschka and sponsored by Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty.


These are a few of my favorite things about Winter Carnival. This was my opportunity to incorporate what I love about the event into an enchanting painting that draws you in and warms your heart. From the fluffy mountain dogs to the kissing couple, and the center stage red sleigh with the spirited steeds enjoying every moment of this festive event, to name a few! For this piece, I chose an illustration style that you would find in a whimsical storybook. I hope you enjoy this painting as much as I did when creating it. Cheers, and may you see the beauty all around you this winter season.


I feel called to art, and in many ways, it consumes me.  My paintings display detailed light, shapes, energy, color, life, and emotions.  Art, for me, is an outlet for creative energy.  Painting is a way to honor my gift and is extremely gratifying.

I am inspired by the rich tapestry of life in Steamboat. With so much beauty all around, I wait for my subject to find me.  It’s a spiritual process for me. I try to be present and fully open to finding the subject that is calling me at that time.

My influences are, first and foremost, everything I see, feel, and experience, highlighted by my appreciation for nature. I hope to express my love for the subject while retaining the power of strong, simple shapes that celebrate the sensual character to establish my composition. Then the painting progresses. I take great joy in applying thicker, lush layers of the paint, using not only brushes but also palette knives and hands if needed. All spaces are important to me - both negative and positive. My work includes landscape and figurative painting.

My art comes from my own creativity, from memories, objects, photos, and plein aire. When I find my subject, a surge of excitement emerges.  At that time, the subject gives me energy to continue the process.  Using that inspiration, I sketch my subject with charcoal pencil, and paint with acrylics, oil pastels, and other textural mediums. I paint both on location and in my studio.

Sarah’s work can be seen on her website at


Winter Carnival Memory Interviews

Brian Harvey at Steamboat Radio conducted interviews of “Favorite Winter Carnival Memories.” Listen to them below!
PJ Wharton’s favorite memory, presented by Yampa Valley Bank

Loris Werner shares his favorite memories, presented by UCHealth

Bobby Yaeger remembers generations pulling kids down Lincoln Avenue, presented by the City of Steamboat Springs

Bob Dapper’s favorite memory was attempting to fly off the jumps carrying a full sized flag! This memory is presented by Native Excavating

SSWSC Youth Program Director Blair Seymour discusses her favorite memory of her son, World Cup Racer Jett Seymour, participating in the Soda Pop Slalom. Presented by Deer Park Road Corporation

Local Jeff Temple shares memories of the Lighted Man, Presented by Smartwool

Steamboat local and creator of the World Record Breaking Firework, Tim Borden, shares his favorite Winter Carnival Memories presented by Steamboat Resort

Executive Director Candice Bannister, from the Tread of Pioneers Museum, shares her favorite memories about Leif Howelsen. Presented by Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty.



Please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any questions or call the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club at 970-879-0695.


The Winter Carnival, proudly hosted by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, is a community-wide celebration of athleticism and winter. This historic event that has been listed as one of the Top Ten Winter Carnivals in the World by National Geographic. For over a century, the Winter Carnival has been a celebration that builds community and highlights Steamboat’s western and ski heritage.

When the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival was first established, it was a celebration born out of the residents’ need to forget the hardships of winter, chase away the shorter days, and bring happiness back to a valley plagued by snow. Today, this five-day long carnival no longer represents a need to forget the long winters, it highlights the community-wide acclaim of snow that has earned the town of Steamboat Springs the moniker, Ski Town, USA. Our Winter Carnival events are unique; we cover our main street with snow and tow children on skis and snowboards behind horses, wild with excitement! The kids maneuver around cones, fly off jumps and best each other in friendly sport. Throughout the week, athletes will celebrate our Olympic heritage by soaring off of nordic jumps, practicing spins and aerials onto an airbag, and racing down the slopes of Howelsen Hill. The Winter Carnival Night Extravaganza entertains and amazes nearly 8,000 people in attendance as they watch the famous Lighted Man in his pyrotechnic suit shooting fireworks from his body, skiers jumping through the fiery hoop, and the spectacle of a barrage of fireworks that culminates in the explosion of one of the largest firework shells in the world.

We are privileged to celebrate our history and heritage in this idyllic mountain town with a world-class Winter Carnival. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the unique heritage and community of the one, the only, Ski Town, USA.


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