Welcome to Steamboat’s 109th Winter Carnival | SteamboatToday.com

Welcome to Steamboat’s 109th Winter Carnival

Sarah Floyd
For the Steamboat Pilot & Today
Sarah Floyd, Executive Director, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

We are thrilled to offer the community the full variety of events that have been part of the Carnival for over a century, and invite all ages to participate in the fun!

This year’s Winter Carnival theme is “Where Legends Are Made.” We will celebrate our local legends as well as some of our new Steamboat Olympic athletes, many of whom have participated in Winter Carnival throughout their childhood and are currently showing their passion for winter sports on a big stage this month competing in the Beijing Olympics! These are such exciting times at the SSWSC and in Steamboat as a community.

The SSWSC hosts the Winter Carnival annually and has done so for over a century. Throughout the year, the staff at the SSWSC is proud to be an integral part of our community’s athletic, educational and youth development framework that supports 47% of the youth of our community. Our vision of creating Champions on and off the Mountain is a theme that we at the SSWSC live by throughout the year.

I hope you will join us for the many Winter Carnival events that highlight our local legends on skis, jumps and horses. The Street Events display the irreplaceable western heritage of Steamboat Springs, with our main street filled with snow and local horseback heroes with their lassos pulling children on skis and snowboards behind their galloping horses. These men and women are legends.

On Saturday night at Howelsen Hill, one of our most spectator-anticipated events is the Night Extravaganza, presented by Yampa Valley Bank and Tim Borden. On this exciting night, dozens of hard working coaches (the silent local legends helping to create champions both on and off the mountain) bring their teams of athletes together with torches, flames and lights, to provide a dazzling, synchronized ski show to truly display the community’s love of winter. Accompanied by the Lighted Man, the well-known Gooding Family, and the Steamboat Ski Patrol who soar through a hoop of fire, the Night Extravaganza showcases local legends who come together to make Winter Carnival a festive celebration.

I am grateful for, and want to personally thank, our broad base of support partners including our Winter Carnival presenting sponsors: Yampa Valley Bank and the City of Steamboat Springs, and all of our annual Gold Support Partners: Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation, Smartwool, Deer Park Road, Native Excavating, Steamboat Radio, Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty, Steamboat Orthopaedics and Spine Institute, Twin Enviro Services, and UCHealth – Yampa Valley Medical Center. Also, tremendous thanks to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, whose staff is instrumental in partnering with us to host the Street Events.

The purchase of a $10 Winter Carnival Button or a $15 Buff offsets some of the SSWSC’s costs of putting on Winter Carnival and supports the club operations making the SSWSC programs more affordable for all. In addition to serving as your spectating or participation ticket, wearing the button and buff allows anyone to get free tickets to ski or ride at Howelsen Hill from February 9-13 by presenting your button/buff is shown at the Howelsen Hill ticket office.

Join us, in celebrating winter in the Yampa Valley and supporting the community efforts and local legends who have kept the festivities going for 109 years and be sure to check http://www.wintercarnivalsteamboat.com for the full schedule of events and the opportunity to purchase tickets or register for events.

With gratitude for your support,

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