For more than one hundred years, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has hosted a winter carnival that celebrates the town’s community, western heritage, athleticism, and of course, its love of all things winter.
Born from the need to lift the spirits during Steamboat’s long winters, the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival now honors everything snow has to offer. With its grand parade, array of vendors, and long list of exciting events, this winter carnival has been named one of the Top Ten Winter Carnivals in the World by National Geographic.
This year, events are scheduled all day, every day from February 8th through February 12th. For families, there are events like the S’more Family Fun Party, Parent-Child Duals, and Snow Sculpture Competition. During the carnival’s famous street events, child-focused activities include Ring & Spear and Donkey Jump.
However, in true Steamboat fashion, it is the athlete that holds the highest honor. For the winter athlete, carnival events include open ski-jumping, cross-country obstacle races, a slalom bike race, downhill races on Howelsen Hill, and opportunities to show off wild tricks while landing in a giant airbag.
Good times are had by all when the sun sets and the nighttime extravaganza goes into high gear. Thousands of people ascend on Howelsen Hill to watch the Lighted Man, a daredevil who wears a pyrotechnic suit that shoots fireworks. Alongside the Lighted Man are athletes who jump through fiery hoops and the explosion of one of the largest firework shells in the world.
Come to Ski Town USA where the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club hosts the ultimate winter party. For a chance to see it all, grab a Winter Carnival Button for $10, which is good for admission to all 2017 Winter Carnival Events. For more information, visit sswsc.org/events/winter-carnival
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