Ski area to celebrate season with Closing Day events |

Ski area to celebrate season with Closing Day events

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What: 35th annual Cardboard Classic

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 11

Where: Base of the Steamboat ski area near Gondola Square

— For Steamboat’s closing day events, locals “go all out.”

Just ask Tori Allen, who has participated with her fiancé and friends the past three years. Two or three weeks prior to the annual Cardboard Classic, her living room resembles a craft studio, with bits of cardboard, tape and paint strewn about.

Inspired by the movie “Up!” Tori Allen and her fiancé Corey Milar created this craft for the 2013 Cardboard Classic. In this photo with them is Leona Thurston and their dog Sampson.

“I think this event is part of what makes Steamboat different,” Allen said. “People really go all out, and I think the bar gets raised every year because the ideas get better and better every year.”

Open for all creative craft engineers of any age to participate, the 35th annual Cardboard Classic will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday as part of the Closing Weekend events at the base of the Steamboat ski area. Participants must check in at 9 p.m. For those 17 and under, judging will begin at 11 a.m., and the 18 and older division will start immediately following.

Participants are limited, however, to only a few construction materials, such as glue, string, cardboard, water-based paint, duct tape, masking tape, packing tape, balloons and other decorations.

Judging for the event is based on categories that include most creative, best individual craft, best reproduction, judges’ choice and Coca-Cola Classic.

“I’m always blown away at how much engineering and time people put into the structures,” said Kerry Shea, owner of McKnight’s Irish Pub & Loft, who watched a group of his employees participate last year. “It’s a fun event that is a great way to wrap up the season.

In the past, the range of innovative crafts has included a Fred Flintstone car, Wreck-It Ralph, the house and characters from the movie “Up,” rainbow trout, a tank, a replica car from the movie “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” the Batmobile and many more.

“I think the Springalicious activities show the fun-loving spirit of our community and is a special treat to close out the season with great live music and events that the community and visitors alike are celebrating what a good season we had,” said Loryn Kasten, public relations manager for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation.

The annual Splashdown Pond Skim — in which skiers and snowboarders, dressed in costume, are seen riding down the last bit of spring snow to an ice cold pond at the bottom — will be canceled this year due to the lack of snow depth to dig the pond, Kasten said.

Similar to the past several season, lifts running on Sunday will close earlier than usual. Morningside lift will close at 2:30 p.m., followed by Burgess Creek, Four Points, Storm Peak Express, Sundown Express, Sunshine Express at 3 p.m., then Christie Peak Express, Bashor and the Gondola at 3:30 p.m.

To see the Cardboard Classic and Pond Skim videos go to Explore’s Facebook page here:

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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