- Full Schedule of Events
106th Annual Winter Carnival February 6th-February 10th, 2019
Theme: Blast of Winter
A $10 Winter Carnival button is required for entry/spectating at all events.
Your button will serve as your lift ticket for all events you register for, and will give you free skiing access to Howelsen Hill February 6th-February 10th (Must obtain a physical lift ticket at the Howelsen Hill ticket office). All events take place at Howelsen Hill unless otherwise noted. A waiver is required for participation in all events.
Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
5:30 P.M. OPENING CEREMONIES
(Olympian Hall, Howelsen Hill Lodge, Downtown off of 5th) A celebration honoring the Winter Carnival Queen, her Court of Attendants, Little Princesses, and the Grand Marshals.
6:00 - 8:00 P.M. SPEED AND FLIGHT NIGHT SKI JUMPING
(Ages 12+, Hill Size 20, 30, 45 and 75, Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th) Learn to ski jump (on alpine or telemark equipment) under the lights on the historic ski jumps of Howelsen Hill. Register ($15) the night of the event from 5:15 –5:45pm in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. Contact Pat Arnone 970-734-8966.
Thursday, February 7th, 2019
2:00-6:00 P.M. AIR BAG JAM SESSION
(Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th) Located under the lights of Howelsen Hill. Watch the athletes of the Winter Sports Club launch into the air onto a 15ft tall 50ft wide air bag.
5:30 - 8:30 P.M. S’MORE FAMILY FUN PARTY
(Howelsen Hill Party Tent, Downtown off of 5th Street) Families, take part in the Winter Carnival Celebration! Throughout the evening’s activities at Howelsen Hill, a family style chili and S’More party will be taking place in the big white tent on Vanatta Ballfield. Just call it S’More Family Fun! Enjoy the outside ski activities, then head into the tent for warm chili, a DJ and dancing! Complete with a bonfire, fire spinners, and s’more making outside: it’s fun with the entire family! $10 tent entry for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under, Winter Carnival Button Required!
5:00 P.M. CROSS-COUNTRY OBSTACLE RACE
(Ages 5-12, Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th) A fun and entertaining noncompetitive obstacle race at Howelsen Hill for Nordic skiers and “wanna be” Nordic skiers. Spectators are welcome. Pre-registration not required, but a release form must be signed or already be on file with SSWSC in order to participate.
5:00-6:00 P.M. POWDER TOOLS MID-WINTER TERRAIN PARK JAM SESSION
(Ages 14 and Under, Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th) Open to both skiers and snowboarders. Located under the lights of the Howelsen Hill Terrain Park, this event is open to the public. Pre-registration is required at 4:00 pm at the terrain park. A waiver must be signed or already be on file with the SSWSC in order to participate. Practice runs from 4:30-5:00 pm, Jam Session from 5:00-6:00 pm.
5:00 - 6:30 P.M. PARENT-CHILD DUALS
(All Ages, Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th) Everyone is a winner in this friendly competition. Come join our family fun by racing or bumping down the junior courses on Howelsen Hill Face. Go head to head against your child on either the GS style race course or dual mogul course. Pre-registration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already be on file with SSWSC in order to participate.
5:00 P.M. SNOW SCULPTURE JUDGING
(All Ages, Lincoln Avenue) Stroll down Lincoln to view hand carved snow sculptures! Judging will take place from 3-5pm tonight, February 9th, and winners will be highlighted with ribbons and announced at Street Events on February 10th and 11th and at the Night Extravaganza on February 10th! Sculptures will be built February 8th in three categories; student, professional, and individual/group/business. Applications can be found at www.steamboatarts.org. For more info, contact the Steamboat Springs Arts Council at (970)879-9008.
5:30 – 7:00 P.M. SKI JUMPING JAMBOREE
(Ages 4-11, Hill Size Bump & 20, Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th) An enjoyable time for children to take to the Bump Jump and 20 meter jump at the Nordic jumping complex of Howelsen Hill for some “flying fun” on alpine equipment. Pre-registration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already be on file with SSWSC in order to participate. Training begins at 5:00pm. Helmet required.
Friday, February 8th, 2019
10:00 A.M. CHRISTY SPORTS SODA POP SLALOM
(Ages 11 and under, Steamboat Ski Resort, Stampede Run) This is a fun race and is open to any skier or snowboarder ages 11 and under (SSWSC U12 athletes are not eligible). Pre-registration required at Howelsen Hill Lodge January 31st, February 1-2, or February 6-7 from 3-6pm.
4:30 - 6:00 P.M. NORDIC JUMPING EXHIBITION
(SSWSC Athletes, Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th) SSWSC Nordic Combined and Special Jumping 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.
6:00 - 8:00 P.M. JOHNSIE MEMORIAL DUAL SLALOM BICYCLE RACE
(Ages 12+, Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th) An exciting on-snow, mountain bike event down the face of Howelsen Hill. Event includes practice, qualifying, and final competition rounds. Register the night of the event at 5:30 pm in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. For more information, contact Chris Johns with Wheels Bike Shop at 970-846-7433
7:00 P.M. - 12:00 A.M. TITO’S MOUNTAIN SOIREE
Presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka (Age 21+, Howelsen Hill, in the Tent at Vanatta Field) Celebrate the 105th Winter Carnival with an evening of libations, food, live music by the 6 Million Dollar Band, a bonfire, and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance at sswsc.tix.com or 970-879-0695 x 100.
Saturday, February 9th, 2019
8:00 - 11:00 A.M. KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PANCAKE BREAKFAST
(All Ages, Holy Name Catholic Church – 524 Oak St.) Hosted annually by the Knights of Columbus, this function is the perfect way to fuel up for all of the day’s activities. In addition to a Winter Carnival button, donations are graciously accepted.
8:00 A.M. 100-METER NORDIC SPRINT
(All Ages, Downtown, Lincoln Avenue) The Steamboat Springs Nordic Council is looking for the fastest skate skiers in the Boat! They are hosting a 100-meter Nordic Sprint on Lincoln Avenue between 7th and 8th streets prior to the Street Events. The race will have male and female divisions as well as 13 and over & 12 and under age categories. Anyone interested can register for this free event at the Steamboat Touring Center 970-879-8180. Check in morning of the event at 7:30am at 7th Street.
9:00 A.M. – noon STREET EVENTS
Presented by Yampa Valley Bank (Downtown Lincoln Avenue) A wildly entertaining show featuring children on skis and snowboards being pulled behind horses along snow covered Lincoln Avenue. Races include street slalom, ski joring, ring and spear, donkey jump and the famous adult shovel race. The horse events are for children ages 6-14; there are also non-horse events for ages 1-14. Pre-registration required at WinterCarnivalSteamboat.com beginning February 2nd at 10 am.
1:00 P.M. PRO ALPINE SKI JUMPING QUALIFICATIONS
(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. For more information, contact Pat Arnone at 970-734- 8966, $100 entry fee.
6:15 - 6:45 P.M. SSWSC ATHLETE EXHIBITION
(Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th) SSWSC athletes demonstrate their skills as the sun sets behind Howelsen Hill!
7:00 P.M. NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA
Presented by Yampa Valley Bank
Athlete Lighting Provider: Yampa Valley Electric Association (Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th) Join us for this must-see evening of entertainment at historic Howelsen Hill! This community favorite draws thousands of spectators for an exciting display of “Lighting the Flame.” The evening starts off highlighting athletes showing their prowess in the dark, lit by flares and LED lights! Known across the country, the Lighted Man will then ski down Howelsen Hill shooting fireworks from his pyrotechnic suit, and jumpers will soar through a fiery hoop off of the Nordic jumps! End the night with a stunning fireworks show that will feature one of the largest fireworks in the Country! Spectators: Don’t forget your Winter Carnival button!
Sunday, February 10th, 2019
9:00 A.M. – noon STREET EVENTS
Presented by Yampa Valley Bank
(Downtown Lincoln Avenue) A wildly entertaining show featuring children on skis and snowboards being pulled behind horses along snow covered Lincoln Avenue. Races include street slalom, ski joring, ring and spear, donkey jump and the famous adult shovel race. The horse events are for children ages 6-14; there are also non-horse events for ages 1-14. Pre-registration required at WinterCarnivalSteamboat.com beginning February 2nd at 10 am.
APPROX. 11:30 A.M. DIAMOND HITCH PARADE (after Street Events)
The diamond hitch consists of at least four (4) skiers. The skiers hold on to points of a rope tied in the shape of one or more diamonds. Animals, people or vehicles may pull the skiers down the snow-filled streets. Anyone is welcome to enter the parade. Pre-registration required, deadline is February 7th at 6pm. Register online at www.WinterCarnivalSteamboat.com.
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.
Why Should I Purchase a Button?
Funds from button sales go towards hosting Winter Carnival and support the athletes of the SSWSC. In addition, wearing your button gives you FREE SKIING at Howelsen Hill February 6- February 10! (Must obtain lift ticket at ticket office.)
For additional information: 970-879-0695
- Street Events
- On Saturday, February 10th and Sunday, February 11th, hundreds of people will line Lincoln Avenue to witness the Street Events. The Street Events are a wildly popular and entertaining show featuring children on skis (or snowboards) being pulled behind horses down a snow-covered Lincoln Avenue. Horse Events include: Street Slalom, Ski Joring, Ring & Spear, Ring & Box, and the famous Donkey Jump. Horse Events are for children ages 6 to 14 years old, while Non-Horse Events are for children ranging in age from infant to 14 years old. See below for the 2017 Street Events Schedule.
Register for the Diamond Hitch Parade Here
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10
Time Event Age
8:15 a.m. 100m Nordic Dash*
9:00 a.m. Street Slalom (10-14)
9:30 a.m. 3-Legged Race (50yds) (5-8)
9:40 a.m. Ski Joring (6-9)
10:00 a.m. 3-Legged Race (75yds) (9-11)
10:05 a.m. Ski Joring (10-14)
10:35 a.m. 25yd Dash (3-5)
10:40 a.m. Ring & Box (6-9)
11:10 a.m. 50yd Dash (6-8)
11:15 a.m. 75yd Dash (9-11)
11:25 a.m. Donkey Jump (6-9)
11:55 a.m. Shovel Race (18+)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11
Time Event Age
9:00 a.m. Ring & Spear (6-9)
9:00 a.m. Ring & Spear (6-9)
9:30 a.m. Obstacle Course (50yds) (5-7)
9:40 a.m. Obstacle Course (50yds) (8-10)
9:50 a.m. Obstacle Course (50yds) (11-14)
10:00 a.m. Street Slalom (6-9)
10:20 a.m. 25yd Dog Dash (0-5)
10:25 a.m. 25yd Dad Dash (0-5)
10:25 a.m. 25yd Dad Dash (0-5)
10:30 a.m. Donkey Jump (10-14)
11:00 a.m. Shovel Race (18+)
11:30 a.m. PARADE BEGINS
Events in bold require advance registration.
*On Saturday, the Nordic Council will be putting on a 100 meter Nordic Sprint. This race will start on 6th and end at 8th Street. Please contact the Nordic Council for registration information. The street events will start at 9:00 a.m. as usual.
Ring and Box
(Ages 6 - 9): Contestant with skis on will have a ring of rope in their hand and will be pulled down main street by a horse. The contestant will attempt to drop the ring in a washtub as he/she passes by tub. Fastest time wins. Penalty for missing the washtub.
Ring and Spear
(Ages 6 - 9): Five stands will be located on the street with a ring of rope hanging from each stand. Contestants with skis will carry a spear and attempt to collect all five rings while being pulled by a horse down the street. Most rings collected and fastest time wins. Penalties for every ring missed.
(Ages 6 - 9 and 10 - 14): Contestant with skis will race a flat course down the street while being pulled by a horse. Fastest time wins.
(Ages 6 - 9 and 10 - 14): Contestant with skis will ski a slalom course through a series of cones while being pulled by a horse down the street. Fastest time wins. Anyone missing a cone or falling during performance will be disqualified.
(Ages 6 - 9 and 10 - 14): Contestant will attempt to jump off a 2-foot ramp while being pulled on skis by a horse down main street. Longest distance while maintaining a standing position wins.
(Ages 18 and over): Contestants will situate themselves in a shovel of any type and while being pulled by a horse, will race a flat course down the street. Fastest time wins. Anyone falling off the shovel during performance will be disqualified.
Waivers must be signed by participants or their guardian the day of the event at the start line.
25 Yard Dog and Dad Dash
(Ages 5 and under) Children 5 years old and younger compete against one another while being pulled in a sled or toboggan (no metal runners allowed) by the family dog. All dogs must be leashed and led by the parent/dog owner during the dash. Following the dog competition will be the Dad Dash with Dad on all fours pulling the child. First one over the finish line wins.
(Ages 5 - 8 and 9-11) Two people on skis tie legs together (ties provided) and race to finish line. The first pair over the finish line wins.
(Ages 4-6, 7-10, and 11-14) Contestants on skis maneuver around a variety of obstacles and then make a straight dash to the finish line. First one over the finish line wins.
25, 50, and 75 Yard Dashes
25 Yard Dash for ages 3-5 years, 50 Yard Dash for 6-8 years and 75 Yard Dash for 9-11 years all on skis.
STREET EVENT REGISTRATION
Registration is not yet open. We try to accommodate as many kids as we can in the time we have allotted for the street events.
- Night Extravaganza
On Saturday, February 10th, the Night Extravaganza on Howelsen Hill is lit up with colors as Winter Sports Club athletes flip through the air off the jumps while others descend down the mountain leaving a red glow outlining perfect ski turns. Most known, the light-wrapped Lighted Man carves down the hill with roman candles shooting out of his backpack, which makes for a spectacular opening act for the fireworks show and the brave athletes jumping through the fiery hoop. Don’t forget to wear your Winter Carnival Button!
- Tito’s Mountain Soiree
Tito’s Mountain Soiree
The BEST Winter Carnival Celebration!
Check Back for 2019 Mountain Soiree information
Must be 21+ I.D. required
- Event Registration and Tickets
STREET EVENT RULES
Contestants must have read through the waiver statement and signed the release.
Pre-registration in the lottery system is mandatory for all horse events.
Contestants must wear goggles and a helmet (cycling or ski racing helmet is sufficient)
Contestants may enter only one (1) Horse Event per day.
Contestants may sign up only for events for which they are the designated age.
Contestants must have a Winter Carnival Button - available at the Winter Sports Club Offices, participating downtown merchants, and the Chamber Visitor Center
Shovel Race contestants must provide their own shovel.
Shovel Race contestants must wear a protective helmet.
- BUTTONS AND WHERE TO PURCHASE
A $10 Winter Carnival Button is required to participate or Spectate in events!
- Winter Carnival Posters
A $10 Winter Carnival Button is Required for Entry/Spectating at All Events.
Your button will allow you to pick up a free lift ticket for all events you register in. It will also grant you free skiing at Howelsen Hill during Winter Carnival! (Pick up your ski ticket inside by showing your button!)
The Winter Carnival, hosted by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, is a community-wide celebration of athleticism and winter. With over a century behind it as the official organizer of the Winter Carnival, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is proud to host this historic event that has been listed as one of the Top Ten Winter Carnivals in the World by National Geographic. For over 100 years, Winter Carnival has served our valley and visitors as a celebration that builds community and highlights our 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 5 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, saddle up the horses and tow young athletes on skis behind horses, wild with excitement! The athletes 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, athletes 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 the largesse of 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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