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Winter Carnival

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

At this time, we are planning a full Winter Carnival! Please check back for more information.

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 Today, this five-day long carnival no longer represents a need to forget the long winters, it highlights the community-wide acclaim of snow that has earned the town of Steamboat Springs the moniker, Ski Town, USA.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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