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Steamboat Winter Carnival

February 7 - 11, 2024 | Details Coming Soon

The Winter Carnival celebration includes a variety of events that embrace Steamboat's western heritage and highlight our tradition of winter sports.

This unique event includes everything from kids pulled on skis behind horses down a snow-covered main street, to the Lighted Man at the Night Show Extravaganza whose battery-powered suit weighs 70 pounds.

Celebrate 111 Years of Winter Tradition in Steamboat Springs

Mention a parade and fireworks and people say that’s typical. Talk about adults on shovels being pulled down Mainstreet behind horses or skiers jumping through fiery hoops and people stop to listen. In Steamboat Springs we do things differently, and with the oldest, continuous Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi, this event is certainly no different.

About the Winter Carnival

Winter Carnival was started by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) as a way to help residents cope with cabin fever during the height of the Colorado winter season.

The event continues to this day as a way to celebrate winter; as a reason for neighbors to gather; and as an opportunity, for everyone to experience a piece of Ski Town USA®'s history and tradition.

Winter Carnival Street Parade

Winter Carnival Fireworks Howelsen

Titos Mountain Soiree

The Tito’s Mountain Soiree 80s Theme Party featuring live music by the 6 Million Dollar Band – the ultimate 80s experience - is just around the corner! That means it’s time to dig through your closet to find your best bodacious costume. Your ticket includes a hearty appetizer buffet, generous libations provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and bonfires outside of the heated party tent. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. 

Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival Street Events

Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival Night Extravaganza

2023 Winter Carnival Street Events Schedule and  Registration

Check out the events lineup and registration information. Registration for the non-horse events will be the day of the event at the registration tent located in front of 720 Fusion Fresh.

Event Ticketing

Purchase a $10 button or $15 neck gaiter/buff for entry into Winter Carnival spectator events - proceeds assist SSWSC’s athletic programming and operations. Some Winter Carnival events and parties require additional registration and tickets. All-volunteer crews produce winter Carnival as a service to the community. You may order your button in advance here or click here for a list of stores at which they are available. 

Plan Your Winter Carnival Vacation

Peruse our suggested itinerary for ideas on how to plan your Winter Carnival vacation with your family and friends. Let us guide you through the Winter Carnival event schedule, as well as experiencing all the winter activities Steamboat has to enjoy!

Winter Carnival Video Playlist

View our Winter Carnival video playlist below for an inside look at the amazing events that take place during the carnival, including an interview with Leif Howelsen, son of Carl Howelsen (founder of the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival), that shows us the history and tradition behind this wonderful event.

Steamboat Highlights