Celebrate closing weekend with Cardboard Classic, Pond Skim, live music
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — It’s closing weekend for Steamboat Resort. Whether you’re leaping for joy at warmer weather or wailing in despair at your ski lines melting away, there’s plenty on this weekend’s schedule to celebrate seasons past and present.
In a town where the next hilarious, ridiculous, surprisingly athletic race is always just around the bend, the Cardboard Classic stands out.
The 39th annual event invites participants to get creative, constructing their snow crafts from only cardboard, glue, string, tape, balloons and water-based paint.
The Cardboard D’Elegance kicks off the event for the day, with judges evaluating each craft in the following categories: Coca-Cola Classic, Most Creative, Best Individual Craft, Best Reproduction, Judge’s Choice, Best Costumes, Crowd Favorite and Best Engineering.
Next, cardboard crafts and their crews will slide down Stampede trail, sometimes backward, sometimes picking up speed, sometimes rolling to a halt, sometimes with the crew desperately trying to hold their vessel together, always to the crowd’s laughter and cheering.
An awards ceremony follows the race. See the full list of rules and register at steamboat.com/events.
Bud Light Rocks the Boat presents Magic Giant
Alternative indie folk-rock trio Magic Giant brings a dance party to the Gondola Square stage on Saturday, April 13.
The Los Angeles-based group consists of Austin Bisnow (lead vocals), Zambricki Li (viola, banjo, harmonica) and Zang (acoustic guitar, cello). They’ve played across the U.S. and Europe at festivals including Coachella, Firefly and Electric Forest in addition to two previous appearances at the Bud Light Rocks the Boat series. Their sound is electric, and their message is one of positivity and togetherness.
Magic Giant takes the Steamboat Stage at 3:30 p.m.
Check out Friday’s Explore Steamboat for a Q&A with lead singer Austin Bisnow.
Saturday, April 13
• Cardboard Classic: 10 a.m. registration and check-in, 11 a.m. judging, 11:30 a.m. racing
• Magic Giant free concert: 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Gondola Square
Sunday, April 14
• Splashdown Pond Skim: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. check-in, 1 p.m. skim
• The Wailers free concert: 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Gondola Square
Splashdown Pond Skim
Heads-up, it’s the next hilarious, ridiculous, surprisingly athletic race.
Plenty of ski resorts put on pond skim events in their last days of operation, a tradition first recorded in the 1920s. Steamboat’s takes place on the season’s Closing Day. The event reliably features spectacular costumes, magnificent splashes and even more magnificent wipeouts. The local splashdown also was featured in Warren Miller’s 2016 film “Here, There & Everywhere.”
Skimmers ski or snowboard down a slope and over an icy pond, maybe making it across the entire stretch of water, maybe wrecking right into it.
All participants compete head to head, without divisions. Judges will evaluate skimmers based on costume, distance, style, crowd response and air to find this year’s Splashdown Pond Skim champion.
The Pond Skim is followed by an award ceremony. Register at steamboat.com/events.
Bud Light Rocks the Boat presents The Wailers
Bob Marley & The Wailers brought fans around the world to their feet from 1973 to 1980. After Marley’s death in 1981, The Wailers have stayed together, keeping Marley alive through music and continuing to spread their legendary messages of love and unity to millions.
The group consists of Aston “Familyman” Barrett on bass, Junior Jazz on lead guitar, Josh David Barrett on lead vocals and guitar, Aston Barrett Jr. on drums, Shema McGregor on vocals and harmony, Dreadie Reid on rhythm guitar and bass and Adreas Lopez on keyboards.
The Wailers begin their show on the Steamboat Stage at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14.
Julia Ben-Asher is a contributing writer for Steamboat Pilot & Today.
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