“Back in 1913, winters in Steamboat Springs were generally regarded as long and cold and horrible,” says Steamboat Resort spokeswoman Loryn Kasten. “Carl Howelsen wanted to show everybody that winter could be fun and worth celebrating, and the Winter Carnival has been our most popular event in town ever since.”
Events over the five-day celebration include a cross-country obstacle race, giant slalom races, and 20-, 30-, and 50-meter ski jumping on Thursday; ski races, a vintage ski fashion show, jumping exhibitions and a snowboard jam session on Friday; jumping, biathlon, ski-joring (horse-drawn ski racing) and a must-see Night Show Extravaganza on Saturday; and the Diamond Hitch parade along Lincoln Avenue through downtown Steamboat Springs on Sunday. For a full schedule of events, visit www.sswsc.org.
Feb. 6-10, 2013