From shovel racing to skijoring, 8 must-see Winter Carnival street events
Adult shovel race
There’s a reason this annual event is always referred to as “famous.” Brave adults hold on tight to a shovel as they are towed at full speed down Lincoln Avenue by a horse. The fastest shovel rider wins, and falling off results in embarrassment as well as disqualification.
This sport dates back more than 2,000 years and started in Lapland, where residents were towed through heavy snow on skis by reindeer. At the Winter Carnival, the sport includes young athletes going off jumps and performing tasks on skis while being towed by a sprinting quarter horse. Skijoring first arrived in Steamboat in 1915.
Contestants on skis race each other on a slalom course while being towed by a horse. Missing cones or falling results in disqualification.
Try to position yourself just below the jumps in the middle of Lincoln Avenue for this event. Athletes, towed by horses, hit a 2-foot ramp and compete to see who can fly the furthest while maintaining a standing position.
Ring and steer
Contestants on skis attempt to lasso a ring around “Prince” the steer’s head. Contestants are penalized for missing the steer.
Ring and spear
Contestants use a spear to try and collect five rings on a course while being towed by a horse down the street. Contestants are penalized for missing a ring.
Two people on skis tie their legs together and race to the finish line. Contestants are forgiven for losing their balance, but the first pair over the finish line wins.
Contestants on skis maneuver around a variety of obstacles and make a dash to the finish line.
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