Winter Carnival Schedule 2016

See the below schedule for details on all 2016 events that take place throughout the carnival. Event time and details are subject to change. For more info on these events and registration details visit wintercarnivalsteamboat.com.

Event Ticketing

A Winter Carnival button is required for entry and spectating at all events. Purchase a Winter Carnival Button ($10.00) to show your support of the Winter Carnival and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Event Ticketing

Wednesday, February 3

5:30 p.m.  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

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 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. Register ($15) the night of the evnt from 5:15 - 5:45 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

Thursday, February 4

5:00 p.m.  Cross-Country Obstacle Race

A fun and entertaining obstacle race for Nordic skiers and "wanna be" Nordic skiers. Spectators welcome. Pre registration not required, but a release form must be signed or already be on file with SSWSC in order to participate. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Parent-Child Duals

Everyone is a winner in this family friendly competition. Come join or family fun by racing or bumping down the junior courses on Howelsen Hill Face. Go head to head against your child on either the GS style race course or dual mogul course. Pre registration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already be on file with SSWSC in order to participate. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Air Bag Jam Session

Located under the lights of the Howelsen Hill. Watch athletes of the Winter Sports Club launch into the air onto a 15 foot tall and 50 foot wide air bag. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Powder Tools Mid-Winter Terrain Park Jam Session

Located under the lights of the Howelsen Hill Terrain Park, this event is open to the public. Pre registration is required at 4:00 p.m. at the terrain park. A waiver must be signed or already be on file with the SSWSC in order to participate. Practice runs from 4:30 - 5:00 p.m., Jam Session from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Open Ski Jumping

Ever wonder how Olympic Ski Jumpers can fly over 3 football fields? Now is your chance to come learn to fly in a safe and fun environment! The SSWSC welcomes you to try the bump jumps, 20m and 30m during our historic Winter Carnival. Alpine ski equipment recommended. Pre registration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already be on file with SSWSC in order to participate. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. S'more Family Fun Party

Presented by F.M. Light & Sons, families can take part in the Winter Carnival Celebration! Throughout the evening's activities at Howelsen Hill, a family style chili and S'more party will be taking place in the big white tent on Vanatta Ballfield. Just call it S'more Family Fun! Ski, ride, and enjoy s'more fun with the entire family! Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under for tent entry plus your Winter Carnival Button. There will be a DJ and dancing! Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Winter Carnival Dual GS Ski Race & Party

Come race head-to-head and show your GS technique on Howelsen Hill! Single elimination format. Registration in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill beginning at 6:00 p.m., inspection at 6:30 p.m., racing starts at 7:00 p.m. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

Friday, February 5

10:00 a.m. Christy Sports Soda Pop Slalom

This is a fun race and is open to any skier or snowboarder in the 5th grade or U10 program & below. Pre registration is required at the Winter Sports Club office January 28 and February 2 - 3 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Location: Steamboat Ski & Resort, Mt. Werner, Stampede Run

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. 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. Registration deadline is Thursday February 4th at noon. Check-in from 12:30 - 1;15 p.m. on event day. Open to the public. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. 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. Check in at the tubing hill. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Nordic Jumping Exhibition

SSWSC Nordic Combined athletes jumping the Hill size 20, 30, 45, 75, and 100. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 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. Register ($25) the night of the event from 5:00 - 5:45 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wheels Bike Shop 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. Register the night of the event at 5:30 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. The Soiree, Steamboat Style

Celebrate the 103rd Winter Carnival in a true Winter Wonderland. An evening of libations, food, live music with Loose Change, a bonfire, and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 970-879-0695 or visiting sswsc.tix.com.

Saturday, February 6

8:00 - 11:00 a.m. 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

8:00 a.m. 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. The race will have a male and femaile divisions as well as 13 and over and 12 and under age categories. Anyone interested can register for this free event at the Steamboat Touring Center, 970-879-8180. Check in morning of the event at 7:30 a.m. Location: Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Avenue

9:00 a.m. – 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. Pre registration required at WinterCarnivalSteamboat.com beginning January 29th at 10:00 a.m. Location: Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Avenue

Street Events Schedule

1:00 p.m. - Pro Alpine Ski Jumping Qualifications

A must-see ski jumping event with participants launching off of the HS127 on alpine skis and boots, rather than the usual ski jumping equipment. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

6:15 - 6:45 p.m. SSWSC Athlete Exhibition

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

7:00 p.m. Night Extravaganza

A must-see evening of entertainment at historic Howelsen Hill! This community favorite draws thousands of spectators for an exciting display of "Warmth of Winter". The evening starts with a winter sports exhibition highlighting athletes showing their prowess in the dark, lit by flares and LED lights! Known across the country, the Lighted Man wil arc down Howelsen Hill shooting fireworks from his pyrotechnic suit, and Nordic and alpine jumpers will soar through a fiery hoop off of the Nordic jumps! End the night with a stunning fireworks show that will feature one of the largest fireworks in the country! Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

Night Extravaganza

Sunday, February 7

9:00 - 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. Pre registration is required at WinterCarnivalSteamboat.com beginning January 29th at 10:00 a.m. Location: Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Avenue

Street Events Schedule

Approximately 11:30 a.m. after Street Events - 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. Pre registration is required, deadline is January 29th at 6:00 p.m. Location: Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Avenue

Register online here

Winter Carnival Band And Shovel Race

1:00 p.m. Pro 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