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The good, the bad and the neon

— Tom Schwall told his wife Judy he would give her $1,000 not to participate in the Steamboat Ski Area’s 40th Anniversary Costume Contest. It’s a good thing she turned him down.

Dressed as Carl Howelsen and Marjorie Perry circa 1913, the couple won the contest — the last in a series of four — a 2003 Bud Light Bombardier Snowmobile Saturday at Gondola Square. The contest included finalists from three previous contests, each commemorating a different period of Steamboat’s history.

Judy also won a 2003-04 season ski pass in a drawing for the contestants from all four contests.



“Carl’s” outfit was complete with authentic jumping skis and a military jacket with medals from his ski jumping and cross country victories in Norway. The real Howelsen was known for building Steamboat Springs’ first ski jump and being one of the pioneers of skiing in the area.

“Marjorie” had wooden skates, skis, vintage shoes, bloomers and a muff. According to an account read at the contest, Perry and Howelsen met in Hot Sulphur Springs in 1913, and Perry wooed “him to the Yampa Valley to add his ski jumping thrills to Steamboat’s first Winter Carnival.”



The series of costume contests began on Jan. 18 with the “1960s & Before.” Feb. 8 was “The Psychedelic ’70s” and March 1 was “The Neon ’80s.”

The top three winners from each of those contests were invited to the final, in which a panel of local media representatives served as judges.

Terin and Jay Petersen, finalists from “The Neon ’80s” contest, placed second overall in the final for their ultra bright costumes.

They wore neon multicolored ski suits that belonged to Doak Walker and Skeeter Werner.

The couple also wore neon lip-gloss and sunscreen along with ’80s-style sunglasses.

“These costumes are hilarious,” Terin said. “We’re lucky to have gotten them.”

L.D. Shoffner won third place in the contest, dressing as himself from the 1970s.

Shoffner wore a red hat with an original “Impeach Nixon” button and a 1979 Texas Ski Week Badge. He also wore original 1972 yellow Moon Boots, and he brought a 1979 Steamboat brochure boasting 62 runs and $14 daily lift tickets.


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