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Steamboat’s favorite things about Winter Carnival

Compiled by Julia Ben-Asher

Rory Clow participates in the shovel races in the Winter Carnival street events as a youngster.

The Winter Carnival is as packed as a snowbank full of fun, sparkly, adorable, ridiculous and majestic events. Here are some favorites, as told by 10 Carnival-goers.


"The shovel race is fun! But I always cringe when I watch it, because it's like, 'Who's going to lose teeth?'"

— Leah Ramberg


"The snow shovel races and pulling the kids behind the horses — that's the absolute best. Both events are so unique. And it's also nice to brave the cold together as a community."

— Lorelei Ernst


"I enjoy seeing all of Steamboat out and about."

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— Izzy Sucha


"Little kids getting dragged by animals is the reason I go. There's usually good music in town as well."

— Gus Torde


"I love the fact that they're bringing back the snow sculptures and it's not just a high school event — that now, it's open to the community. I think that's fantastic."

— Chris Erickson


"Snow sculptures. It's not as cool if you didn't make them."

— Ben Massey


"The huge fireworks — they literally shake the windows all the way to Oak Creek."

— Sergio Ryan


"(I'm coming into town specifically for the Winter Carnival this year.) I don't think there are any other places that can capture such a moment of the lights coming down the ski slope and knowing they're all kids and having all the people there — it's really quite a deal. And I definitely want to see the parade this year, where they put all the snow out in the street and they have people riding on shovels."

— Dinger Ernstes


"I love the street events. I love when the horses pull the skiers — it just seems like it pulls together our whole community. It's like the old West and the new West coming together."

— Karen Reynolds


"I love that it's one of the oldest and earliest Winter Carnival parades, and that it's in our own little town."

— Camille Mattern