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!

Horse Events:
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.

Non-Horse Events:
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.