Back-to-back weekends celebrate spring in Steamboat Springs |

Back-to-back weekends celebrate spring in Steamboat Springs

Tamra Malczyk flies off the kicker at the bottom of the pond skim run in Steamboat Springs. The event was canceled last year due to a lack of snow but will be back this year as part of the Steamboat Ski Area's Springalicious events.
Joel Reichenberger

— There are many words to describe the arrival of spring in Steamboat Springs, but there’s one that sums it up best: springalicious.

There’s music, dancing, on-hill antics of skiing on water, racing in cardboard crafts, a competition on rails and, hopefully, sunshine.

After a year of free music and in celebration of another 300-plus-inch season that still doesn’t seem willing to stop, the next two weekends will wrap up the 2015-16 ski season with a variety of events.

“It’s one of the best ways to end the season,” said Loryn Kasten, public relations manager for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation. “What’s interesting about this year is that we’re still in full winter mode. It’s a contrast to last year, and we are really looking forward to hosting these events that will close out the season with a bang.”

With plenty of snow left to ski on the mountain, events will kick off at 3 p.m. Saturday with the Red Ball Express fundraiser, hosted by the Ski Town USA Rotary Club. Then, at 3:30 p.m., jamband, reggae group, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad will take the stage in Gondola Square for this weekend’s Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Concert show.

On Sunday, the “Toes on the Nose Surf Jam” will start at 1 p.m. at the Lil’ Rodeo Terrain Park. Be dressed to impress in surf-style outfits and ready to wow the judges and crowd. Judging is based on style, individuality and overall crowd response. All ages and abilities are welcome. Registration is $20, and contestants can sign up Sunday at the Coca-Cola tent, located near the Billy the Kidd statue, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Next weekend, festivities will continue at 11 a.m. April 9 with the 36th annual Cardboard Classic, a competition that pits amateur and professional cardboard craft engineers in a race down the mountain. The race will be followed by the triple Grammy-award winning, multi-ethnic band Ozomatli, bringing its funky, rock, hip-hop and reggae-infused music to the Steamboat Stage.

On April 10, the final day of the season, the Splashdown Pond Skim will attract costumed skiers and riders brave enough to skim across an icy pool of water at the base of the ski area. Registration for both the Cardboard Classic and the Splashdown Pond Skim is still open, with a fee of $10.

Closing out the Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Concert Series will be the originators of the “Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass genre,” Leftover Salmon. They’ve become known as the Colorado slam grass pioneers, having gotten their start in Boulder and acquired a following of fans across the country. The concert will start at 4 p.m. April 10 at the Steamboat Stage.

“I think one of the best kept secrets out there is spring in ski country around the time when most people start to think about summer and put away the skis and boards,” Kasten said. “Like many other resorts, we like to create fun and exciting events so people can see what that secret is all about, and I think we’ve succeeded in that.”

Schedule of Springalicious events:

Saturday, April 2,

3 p.m. — Red Ball Expess

3:30 p.m. — Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Concert: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Sunday, April 3

1 p.m. — Toes on the Nose Surf Jam

Saturday, April 9

11 a.m. — 36th annual Cardboard Classic

3:30 p.m. — Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Concert: Ozomatli

Sunday, April 10

1 p.m. — Splashdown Pond Skim

4 p.m. — Bud Light Rocks the Boat free Concert: Leftover Salmon

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

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