An annual event since 1914, making it the oldest, continuous Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi. The Carnival initially started as a way to get through the tough winter months and has continued through the years as a fun experience for kids, families and everyone in the Steamboat Springs Communities. Below we have included a loose schedule, giving you an idea of what type of events are
Wednesday, February 6 – Opening Ceremonies
Thursday, February 7 – Cross-Country Obstacle Race, Town Challenege Alpine Race, and 20, 30, & 50 Meter Jumping
Friday, February 8 – Soda Pop Slalom, Tubing Party, Dual Slalom Bicycle Race, and Snowboarding Jam Session
Saturday, February 9 – Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast, Street Events, International Muzzle Loading Biathlon, and Night Extravaganza featuring a torchlight parade, fireworks show, and the famous Lighted Man
Sunday, February 10 – Street Events, Diamond Hitch Parade, and Pro Alpine Ski Jumping Finals
For those who are unfamiliar we have included a brief description of some of the main events below!
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.
Ski Jouring: (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.
Street Slalom: (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.
Donkey Jump: (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.
Shovel Race: (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.
3-Legged Race: (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.
Obstacle Course: (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 Yard Dash for ages 3-5 years, 75 Yard Dash for 9-11 years and 150 Yard Dash for 11-14 years all on skis.