104th Winter Carnival events fill week: View the schedule
Friday, Feb. 10
10:00 A.M. Christy Sports Soda Pop Slalom (Age 10 and younger, Steamboat Ski Resort, Stampede Run). This is a fun race and is open to any skier or snowboarder in the fifth grade or U10 program and younger. Pre-registration is required at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club office from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 2 and 3.
1:30 to 3 p.m. Ski Jumping Jamboree (Age 4 to 11, Hill Size Bump and 20M, Howelsen Hill). Children can take to the Bump Jump and 20M jump at the Nordic jumping complex of Howelsen Hill for some “flying fun” on Alpine equipment. Registration deadline is noon Feb. 4. Check-in from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. on event day. Open to the public.
4:30 to 6 p.m. Nordic Jumping Exhibition (SSWSC Athletes, Howelsen Hill). SSWSC Nordic combined athletes jumping the Hill Size 20, 30, 45, 75 and 100.
6 to 7 p.m. Amateur Ski Jumping (Age 15 and older, Howelsen Hill). 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 to 5:45 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. For more information, call Pat Arnone at 970-734-8966.
6 to 8 p.m. Wheels Bike Shop Dual Slalom Bicycle Race (Age 12 and older, Howelsen Hill). 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 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. For more information, call Chris Johns with Wheels Bike Shop at 970-846-7433.
7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tito’s Mountain Soiree (Age 21 and older, Howelsen Hill, tent at Vanatta Field). Celebrate the 104th Winter Carnival in a true winter wonderland. An evening of libations, food, live music with Loose Change, a bonfire and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance at 970-879-0695, ext. 100. sswsc.tix.com
Saturday, Feb. 11
8 to 11 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 a.m. 100-Meter Nordic Sprint (All ages, Lincoln Avenue) The Steamboat Springs Nordic Council is looking for the fastest skate skiers in the area. A 100-meter Nordic sprint on Seventh and Eighth streets before the Street Events. The race will have male and female divisions as well as 13-and-older and 12-and-younger age categories. Anyone interested can register for this free event at the Steamboat Touring Center, 970-879-8180.
9 a.m. to noon Street Events (Presented by Yampa Valley Bank, 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 age 6 to 14; there are also non-horse events for ages through 14. Pre-registration required at wintercarnivalsteamboat.com.
1 p.m. Pro Alpine Ski Jumping Qualifications (Howelsen Hill) This is a must-see ski jumping event with participants launching off of the HS127 on Alpine skis and boots, rather than the usual ski jumping equipment. For more information, call Pat Arnone at 970-734-8966, $100 entry fee.
6:15 to 6:45 p.m. SSWSC Athlete Exhibition (Howelsen Hill) Club athletes demonstrate their skills.
7 p.m. Night Extravaganza (Presented by Yampa Valley Bank, Howelsen Hill) This community favorite draws thousands of spectators for an exciting display of “Take Me to the Mountains.” The evening starts with a Winter Sports Club exhibition highlighting athletes showing their prowess in the dark, lit by flares and LED lights. Known across the country, the Lighted Man will arc down Howelsen Hill shooting fireworks from his pyrotechnic suit, and Nordic and Alpine 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.
Sunday, Feb. 12
9 a.m. to noon Street Events (Presented by Yampa Valley Bank, 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 age 6 to 14; there are also non-horse events for age 1 to 14. Pre-registration required at wintercarnivalsteamboat.com.
About 11:30 a.m. Diamond Hitch Parade (Lincoln Avenue) The Diamond Hitch consists of at least four 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-covered streets.
1 p.m. Pro Alpine Ski Jumping Finals (By Qualification, Howelsen Hill) 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, call Pat Arnone at 970-734- 8966, $100 entry fee.
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