Are you prepared for the 102nd annual Winter Carnival? The festive winter tradition returns to Ski Town USA® Feb. 4 - 8. For more than a century  Steamboat has  celebrated the unique fusion of western culture and skiing heritage during this illustrious event. If you’re planning to visit us for Winter Carnival 2015, check a few things off your list first:

Buy your button

You may be wondering why everyone is wearing the same button around Steamboat Springs. If you’re watching any of the Winter Carnival events, you should be wearing one, too.Winter-Carnival-Button-2015

The annual button is designed by a young Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athlete, and the funds raised from each $10 sale go to benefit the 101-year-old Winter Sports Club and the future Olympians they nurture.  Visit our info on event ticketing to find out where to buy your button.

Brush up on your history

Did you know that Carl Howelsen brought ski jumping to Steamboat Springs in early 190

0s, or do you know the origins of the Diamond Hitch Parade? Learn a thing or two about skiing heritage and Winter Carnival tradition at the Tread of Pioneers Museum in downtown Steamboat Springs. Get started with the video below!

Gear up

Need a new jacket for watching the Street Events downtown? Or a new pair of goggles for skiing at Steamboat Ski Area? Christy Sports is your stop for all the Winter Carnival prep you’ll need. The experts at Christy Sports will have you decked out, tuned up and set for all the Winter Carnival festivities. Find Locations

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Is your phone charged and ready to go? Winter Carnival is one giant photo-op. You won’t have time to put your camera back in your pocket between young children pulled by horses flying off ski jumps and skiers with roman candles strapped to their backs flying down Howelsen Hill. Don’t forget - hashtag all your photos with #102WinterCarnival and check out the feed for the latest on-scene coverage.


Checked all these items off your list? We’ll see you on the snow. Find the best lodging deals for your Winter Carnival weekend trip by visiting the link below.