Springalicious finale to take over Steamboat Ski Area this weekend
- 10 to 11 a.m. | Registration and check in
- 11 to 11:30 a.m. | Cardboard D'Elegance/judging
- 11:30 a.m. | 17 & under race begins followed by 18+ race
- Award Ceremony will follow the end of race
- 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. registration and check in
- 1 p.m. | Pond skim begins, first come, first serve basis
- Award Ceremony will immediately follow the end of race
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Ah the cusp of spring – weather perpetually in a moody and capricious state, rivers on the rise, flocks of visitors a distant memory and the time when powder day freshies become slushies.
Layers of puffy jackets, Gore-Tex shells and those powder JJ skis are swapped with the latest thrift store treasures of denim cutoffs, animal print and retro-esque garb.
And not to be forgotten – pond skimming and cardboard crafts racing down the ski hill.
This weekend the schedule is full of on-hill antics, free music and the celebration of another ski season in the books.
Festivities kickoff at 11 a.m. Saturday with the 38th annual Cardboard Classic at the base area near Gondola Square. At 3:30 p.m., four-piece outfit The Last Bandoleros will blend Tex-Mex, country and rock n’ roll on the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square.
In true closing day fashion, the Splashdown Pond Skim will take over the Stampede hill near the base area at 1 p.m. Sunday. Shortly after will be the last concert of the season with the new-wave jam, roots, rock group Robert Randolph and the Family Band starting at 3:30 p.m. on the Steamboat Stage.
“I think one of the most exciting things about living in Steamboat is the changing of seasons,” said Nicole Miller, Steamboat Resort digital communications manager. “With the first snow in fall, everyone gets excited to be out on the mountain. Then in the spring, it’s another season of transition when everyone is anticipating and looking forward to the upcoming summer. Springalicious is about celebrating that change of winter to spring and to have another great day on the mountain before the season comes to an end.”
Amateur and professional cardboard engineers will take the challenge to create cardboard crafts constructed from a variety of salvaged cardboard, glue, string, water based paint, duct tape, masking tape and balloons to race down the Stampede hill in a creative finish or spin to win.
“Before the race starts, it’s always fun to see all the crafts lined up while the Cardboard D’Elegance is going on to see all of the creativity from each of the competitors,” Miller said.
Crafts will be judged during the Cardboard D’Elegance from 11 to 11:30am. Awards will be presented for best representation of the following categories: Coca-Cola Classic, Most Creative, Best Individual Craft, Best Reproduction, Judge’s Choice, Best Costumes, Crowd Favorite and Best Engineering.
Competitor Lizzie Konen is a first-time participant in this year’s Cardboard Classic. Her team has created a rugby-inspired raft, based on the local team’s biggest event of the season, the Cowpie Classic.
“We will be crafting a huge cowpie with the goal post in the background along with our team’s flag on the top,” Konen said. “Our inspiration this year is to get the men’s and women’s rugby teams together and start recruiting for this coming season.”
The team will be dressed for the occasion in their rugby uniforms with added accessories, a few Hawaiian shirts and cowboy boots – “Our post-game go-to’s,” Konen said.
They plan to vie for the award of most creative and unique raft.
“Our cowpie creation will definitely be one of a kind,” Konen said.
Registration is free and takes place online at steamboat.com/events in advance or day-of at the Coca-Cola Tent in Gondola Square. Teams registered in the 17-and-under division start their race at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, with the adult race immediately after.
A post-race awards ceremony and party will follow.
One of this year’s new pond skim competitors James Brown is traveling all the way from New Jersey just for the big splash.
“I watched it three or four years ago when I was visiting family for closing day,” Brown said. “Typically when you travel you pack clothes — well, I packed costumes. Four different ones actually, all with a sasquatch theme.”
His primary concern, however, is not to get over the water, it’s to not fall before he skis down the hill.
“My strategy is to fall as awkwardly as possible because I have no chance of getting over the water — you have to try something that works in your favor,” Brown said.
And the fear of falling won’t stop this competitor.
“If I do fall before I get to the bottom, I will ditch the skis, run down and jump in the water anyways,” he said.
He just might have a chance in winning, with the judges awarding based on the following criteria: costume, distance, style, crowd response and air.
The Splashdown Pond Skim is limited to 75 people. So far, Miller said 32 brave pond skimmers had registered as of Thursday afternoon.
Registration is free. Online registration closes online Saturday afternoon at 50 people and there will be 25 spots open for day-of registration at the Coca-Cola Tent in Gondola Square.
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