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Events

Winter Carnival

108th Annual Winter Carnival February 3rd-February 7th, 2021

This year’s #108WinterCarnival’s theme is “Happy Outside!”
Please check back for information on the upcoming 2021 Winter Carnival. With the uncertainty of COVID-19, we are hopeful that we can host the Winter Carnival and will have more details soon.

108th Winter Carnival - Same Spirit – COVID Adjusted
Pandemic Influenced Winter Carnival Sees Changes but Continues Tradition

The 108 year-old Winter Carnival will see changes due to COVID-19 restrictions and the effort to ensure athletes, spectators, and community members all stay safe and follow guidelines this winter.

The Carnival, set for Feb 3rd-7th, is hosted by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, and traditionally features 5 days of on-snow sporting events and shows put on by the athletes of the SSWSC. This year, the carnival will continue with outdoor activities for the youth of our community and some traditional experiences around town, but all spectator events will be limited.

Most notably, the week will be lacking in Street Events and the Night Extravaganza, which draw over 9,000 spectators in a two day span. “The City of Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Springs Chamber, and SSWSC have a tight partnership to make all of the moving parts of the street events and Night Extravaganza come together,” said Sarah Floyd, Executive Director of the SSWSC. “The number of individuals who must work in close proximity to put these events together, combined with the concerns of how to manage crowds, made for a group decision to cancel these popular events during this year’s Winter Carnival and focus on other ways to celebrate our community.”

Most outdoor events will remain so that the youth of our community can be involved in this annual tradition. Winter Carnival Royalty and Grand Marshals will be recognized and celebrated, and SSWSC athletes will make numerous descents in smaller groups down the darkened backside of Howelsen Hill throughout the evenings of the week of the Carnival to enjoy the experience and magic of skiing with flares. Howelsen Hill will feature opportunities like obstacle courses, sledding and rail jams. The Soda Pop Slalom sponsored by Christy Sports and snow sculptures hosted by Steamboat Creates will still be included in the week’s festivities.

Memorabilia will be available for purchase, including Winter Carnival buffs and posters sponsored by Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty and created by local artist Sarah Juschka. Winter Carnival buttons, traditionally the ‘spectator entry ticket’ will not be used for entry this year and will be limited to a number of 500 ‘collectors’ buttons , designed by one of Steamboat’s talented youth artists in the annual art competition. The purchase of buffs and buttons will follow tradition and afford the wearer FREE skiing and riding lift tickets at Howelsen Hill when shown to the ticket office between February 3rd and the 6th.

Saturday’s Night Extravaganza, normally a show of fireworks featuring the lighted man, fiery hoop jumpers and LED skiers, will certainly be missed. Blair Seymour, SSWSC Youth Program Director, who normally directs the skiing and riding for the Night Extravaganza, said, “We may not be able to host a full Winter Carnival, but we are grateful to still be able to provide some opportunities to celebrate the traditions of Winter Carnival. The kids participating won’t remember the lack of crowds, but they will remember the excitement of skiing with a flare and the happiness of sliding down a ski slope in the dark with their friends.” Longtime SSWSC supporter and local firework pyrotechnic Tim Borden and Yampa Valley Bank are sponsoring fireworks that can be seen from decks across the valley and encourages people to step outside for their own private viewing on Saturday night.

Without the traditional Night Extravaganza, the opening in the calendar allows for something a little different this year.  In a collision of opportunity with timing, the SSWSC is making plans to host the World Pro Ski Tour on Saturday evening at Howelsen Hill, adding some excitement in the absence of the Night Extravaganza.

“While there will be no spectators, the exciting side-by-side racing with two huge pro jumps will conjure up images of some of our favorite Carnival events, and the live stream will allow people to enjoy the event safely in their homes,” said Associate Executive Director, Jon Nolting. “We understand the community will be disappointed to not see the traditional night show, but we’re excited to have something else to present that is novel and celebrates our winter heritage.”

 

Full Schedule of Events

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108th Annual Winter Carnival
February 3rd-February 7th, 2021
A $10 Winter Carnival button or a $15 buff are required to participate in the Soda Pop Slalom or the Rail Jams.

Your commemorative button/buff will give you free skiing access to Howelsen Hill February 3rd-February 6th (Must obtain a physical lift ticket at the Howelsen Hill ticket office). Note:  2/7 is a Free Ski Sunday.  Skiers and riders must have advance reservations.

A signed waiver and helmets are required for participation in the Soda Pop Slalom or Rail Jams.

Masks and social distancing are required for all events.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

12:00 PM OLYMPIC HERITAGE TOUR
Presented by the Tread of Pioneers Museum
(Howelsen Hill Lodge, 845 Howelsen Parkway, Downtown off of 5th)

Tours led by the USA’s only six-time winter Olympian Todd Lodwick explore Steamboat’s Olympic heritage; the multiple talents of Carl Howelsen; and the history of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Winter Carnival, Howelsen Hill, and ski jumping. Social Distancing and facemasks required. Group sizes will be limited per state and county orders, first come, first served. treadofpioneers.org

5:30 PM OPENING CEREMONIES
(Outdoor Podium Area Behind Howelsen Hill Lodge) 
A celebration honoring the Winter Carnival Queen, her Court of Attendants, Little Princesses, and the Grand Marshals. Open only to immediate friends and family of the Winter Carnival Royalty.

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

4:00 PM SNOW SCULPTURE JUDGING
Presented by Steamboat Creates
(All Ages, Lincoln Avenue)

Stroll down Lincoln to view hand carved snow sculptures! Judging will take place at 4pm on February 4th, and winners will be highlighted with ribbons and announced on Steamboat Create’s and Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s social media platforms as well as wintercarnivalsteamboat.com. Sculptures will be built February 3rd by high school and community teams inspired by the theme, ‘Happy Outside.’ Applications can be found at www.steamboatcreates.org and are due January 25th. For more info, contact Steamboat Creates at (970)879-9008, sylvie@steamboatcreates.org. Volunteers needed to help build forms! Sign up HERE

Friday, February 5th, 2021
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CHRISTY SPORTS SODA POP SLALOM
(Ages 11 and under, Howelsen Hill, Magic Carpet) 
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 is required HERE in 15 minute intervals by February 1st.  Button or Buff, as well as social distancing and facemasks will be required.

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM TOUR WINTER CARNIVAL EXHIBITS
Presented by the Tread of Pioneers Museum
(800 Oak Street, Tread of Pioneers Museum)

The Tread of Pioneers Museum invites locals and guests alike to take a walk through history, and see the most memorable items from over a century of Winter Carnivals. Take a look at the original light suit worn by the very first Lighted Man, the full collection of Winter Carnival buttons, and photos of the historic events that have brought the community together for 108 years. Visit treadofpioneers.org for more information, hours and admission fees.

12:00 PM ICONIC STEAMBOAT WALKING TOUR
Presented by the Tread of Pioneers Museum
Depot Art Center – 1001 13th St.

Join the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Steamboat Creates for a free guided tour of Steamboat’s most iconic historic and cultural sites in downtown Steamboat Springs. Start at the historic Art Depot on 13th St. for free hot cocoa and a guided tour of this treasured landmark and newly refurbished art studio caboose. Then stroll through the downtown area for a specially curated tour of historic buildings, mineral springs, history stories, cultural sites, hidden surprises, and art murals. The tour ends at the Tread of Pioneers Museum where you can continue to discover the history and heritage of Steamboat Springs through its exhibits and historic homes. Half-price museum admission for all tour participants. First come first served; dress warmly to walk outside; tour follows all COVID state and county regulations and protocols. Face masks and social distancing will be required. treadofpioneers.org

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM POWDER TOOLS MID-WINTER TERRAIN PARK JAM SESSION
(Open to all ages, Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th) 
Open to both skiers and snowboarders. Located at the Howelsen Hill Terrain Park, this event is open to the public. Pre-registration is required at wintercarnivalsteamboat.com. A waiver must be signed or already be on file with the SSWSC in order to participate. Button or Buff, as well as Social Distancing and facemasks will be required.

ALL DAY: TREAD OF PIONEERS MUSEUM MOVIE
(Hosted virtually at wintercarnivalsteamboat.com) 
Join the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in a virtual film presentation of “Hill of Champions: The Story of Howelsen Hill.” The film, produced by F.M. “Smokey” Vandergrift, celebrates the ski area’s founding and storied history. Watch the movie here

 

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM TOUR WINTER CARNIVAL EXHIBITS
Presented by the Tread of Pioneers Museum
(800 Oak Street, Tread of Pioneers Museum)

The Tread of Pioneers Museum invites locals and guests alike to take a walk through history, and see the most memorable items from over a century of Winter Carnivals. Take a look at the original light suit worn by the very first Lighted Man, the full collection of Winter Carnival buttons, and photos of the historic event that has brought the community together for 108 years. treadofpioneers.org for more information, hours and admission fees.

12:00 PM - 8:00 P.M. WORLD PRO SKI TOUR
(watch virtually at wintercarnivalsteamboat.com)
The World Pro Ski Tour, a nationwide tour of events featuring the popular “dual” format of alpine ski racing, is coming to Howelsen Hill! Featuring a side-by-side race format, TV viewers will be able to consume the most exciting alpine ski racing of the season. NO SPECTATORS ON SITE.

SATURDAY EVENING: VIEW FROM HOME FIREWORKS SHOW
Presented by Yampa Valley Bank
(Watch from your home, no spectators at Howelsen Hill)

Steamboat’s pyrotechnic experts are at it again: brought to the community by Yampa Valley Bank, Tim Borden and Native Excavating, the SSWSC invites you to watch a winter firework show from your deck, street, and homes. Let’s stay “Happy Outside” with a brilliant firework show! NO SPECTATORS AT HOWELSEN HILL. HOWELSEN PARKWAY WILL BE CLOSED.

 

Sunday, February 7th, 2021

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM SUNDAY FREE SKI DAY AT HOWELSEN HILL
Provided by the City of Steamboat Springs
(Howelsen Hill Ski Area, 845 Howelsen Parkway)

Skiers and riders must have advance reservations! Make a two-hour time slot reservation for skiing and riding at Howelsen Hill: North America’s Oldest Operating Ski Area and Steamboat’s original ski area. What better way to celebrate the 108th Winter Carnival’s theme of “Happy Outside” and bring a smile to your face than carving down 440 vertical feet on the face, riding the boardwalk carpet for easy-access beginner terrain, or cruising for miles on the Nordic trails for cross-country skiing, skate skiing, fat biking, and snowshoeing. Reserve your spot now.

www.WinterCarnivalSteamboat.com
#108WinterCarnival
For Additional Information: 970-879-0695


Get Your Button

This year’s 108 Winter Carnival Button collectable button Winner will be announced soon! Thank you to all of the talented artists who participated in the contest!

Winter Carnival Posters and Buffs


 

Order your Winter Carnival Poster/Buff Combo online and have it shipped HERE!

*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 Sotheby’s International Realty!

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


2021 WINTER CARNIVAL ARTWORK INSPIRATION

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.

ABOUT SARAH JUSCHKA

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 sarahsfineart.net

 

Build a Snow Sculpture

The highlight of downtown, snow sculptures remind us to be ‘Happy Outside.” Steamboat Creates works hard to put together the task of building and judging snow sculptures, and invites you to submit an application to participate! Building will take place on February 3rd, inspired by the theme “Happy Outside.” Judging will take place at 4pm on February 4th, and winners will be highlighted with ribbons and announced on Steamboat Create’s and Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Social Media platforms.  Applications can be downloaded here and are due January 25th. For more info, contact Steamboat Creates at (970)879-9008, sylvie@steamboatcreates.org.



APPLY TO BUILD A SNOW SCULPTURE HERE


Volunteers are needed to help build forms! Sign up at HERE.



Questions

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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