102nd Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival Event Schedule, Feb. 4-8 2015

January 19th, 2015
Photo: Brian Irwin

Photo: Brian Irwin

You may have been to a winter festival before, but we guarantee it was nothing compared to the Steamboat Winter Carnival. Think: parade, fireworks (okay, those are pretty normal), and add in a skiing Lighted Man, kids pulled on skis down mainstreet, ski jumping through fiery hoops and more.

If you’ll be in Steamboat Springs Feb. 4-8, don’t miss the 102nd Winter Carnival (and if you don’t have plans to be here, then make them!)

102nd Steamboat Winter Carnival Schedule

Wednesday, February 4

5:30pm Opening Ceremonies

A celebration honoring the Winter Carnival Queen, her Court of Attendants, Little Princesses, and the Grand Marshals. Location: Olympian Hall, Howelsen Hill Lodge, Downtown off of 5th Street

6-8:00PM Speed and Flight Night Ski Jumping

Learn to ski jump (on Alpine or Telemark equipment) under the lights on the historic ski jumps of Howelsen Hill. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

Thursday, February 5

4:30PM Cross-Country Obstacle Race

A fun and entertaining obstacle race on Klumker field for nordic skiers. Spectators welcome. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

6-9:00PM Winter Carnival Dual GS Ski Race & Party

Come race head-to-head and show your GS technique on Howelsen Hill! Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

4-6:00PM Air Bag Jam Session

Located under the lights of the Howelsen Hill Terrain Park, this event is open to the public. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

6-7:00PM Snowboarding Jam Session

Located under the lights of the Howelsen Hill Terrain Park, this event is open to the public. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

Friday, February 6

10:00AM Soda Pop Slalom

This is a fun race and is open to any skier or snowboarder in the 5th grade or U10 program & below. Location: Steamboat Ski & Resort, Mt. Werner, Stampede Run)

Soda Pop Slalom Winter Carnival

1:30-3:00PM Ski Jumping Jamboree

An enjoyable time for children to take to the Bump Jump and 20 meter jump at the Nordic jumping complex of Howelsen Hill for some “flying fun” on Alpine equipment. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

4:30-6:30PM Community Tubing Party

Come experience Howelsen Hill’s Tubing Hill. FREE fun for the whole family with Winter Carnival button. Tubes are provided and a waiver must be signed. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

4:30-6:00PM Nordic Jumping Exhibition

SSWSC Nordic Combined athletes jumping the Hill size 20, 30, 45 and 75. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

6-7:00PM Amateur Ski Jumping

Ski Jumping (on Alpine equipment) under the lights on the historic ski jumps of Howelsen Hill. Prizes, jumping and high-flying fun. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

6-8:00PM Dual Slalom Bicycle Race

An exciting on-snow, mountain bike event down the face of Howelsen Hill. Event includes practice, qualifying and final competition rounds. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

Dual Bicycle Slalom Winter Carnival


7PM-12:00AM Sorel Soiree

Celebrate the Winter Carnival in a true Winter Wonderland. Dress to the nines but wear your Sorels to an evening of libations, food, live music with Loose Change, a bonfire, and more. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street in the Tent at Vanatta Field

Saturday, February 7

8-11:00AM Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast

Hosted annually by the Knights of Columbus, this function is the perfect way to fuel up for all of the day’s activities. In addition to a Winter Carnival button, donations are graciously accepted. Location: Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak Street

8:00AM 100-Meter Nordic Sprint

The Steamboat Springs Nordic Council is looking for the fastest skate skiers in the Boat! They are hosting a 100-meter Nordic Sprint on Lincoln Avenue between 7th and 8th streets prior to the Street Events. Location: Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Avenue

9:00AM-Noon Street Events

A wildly popular and entertaining show featuring children on skis and snowboards being pulled behind horses along snow covered Lincoln Avenue. Races include street slalom, ski joring, ring and spear, donkey jump and the famous adult shovel race. The horse events are for children ages 6-14. Non-horse events for ages 1-14. Location: Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Avenue

Street Events Schedule

6:15-6:45PM SSWSC Athlete Exhibition

SSWSC athletes demonstrate their skills. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

7:00PM Night Extravaganza

A must-see evening of entertainment at historic Howelsen Hill. The evening features a winter sports exhibition, the Lighted Man, torchlight parades, fiery hoop jumpers, the largest Winter Carnival fireworks display ever, and much more. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

Night Extravaganza

8-10:00PM Night Show After Party

Warm up by the fire with friends after the Fireworks. $5 donations for tickets for food and libations. Music and Fun! Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street in the Tent at Vanatta Field

Sunday, February 8

9-11:00AM Street Events

A wildly popular and entertaining show featuring children on skis and snowboards being pulled behind horses along snow covered Lincoln Avenue. Races include street slalom, ski joring, ring and spear, donkey jump and the famous adult shovel race. The horse events are for children ages 6-14. Non-horse events for ages 1-14. Location: Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Avenue

Street Events Schedule

Appx. 11:30AM Diamond Hitch Parade

The diamond hitch consists of at least four skiers. The skiers hold on to points of a rope tied in the shape of one or more diamonds. Animals, people or vehicles may pull the skiers down the snow-filled street. Anyone is welcome to enter the parade. Location: Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Avenue

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Winter Carnival Band And Shovel Race

1:00PMPro Alpine Ski Jumping Finals

This is a must-see ski jumping event with participants launching off of the HS127 “Big Hill” on alpine skis and boots, rather than the usual ski jumping equipment. Watch as world records get broken! Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

1-2:00PM Parent-Child Downhill

Everyone is a winner in this non-competitive, fun event. An adult and child ski together through Howelsen Hill’s terrain. Each child is given a participant ribbon and is provided an opportunity to have a professional photograph taken on the podium. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

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