Celebrating 40 years

Ski Corp. has a variety of activities planned for Steamboat Ski Area's 40th birthday


— The Pepsi Aerial Pyrotechnics Performers will buzz the crowd and perform an aerial display in a fireworks-equipped airplane at the Steamboat Ski Area's 40th Anniversary Community-Wide Celebration Sunday. After that is a big fireworks show.

Yes, it appears that the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is pulling out the big guns for its community celebration.

There will be a Jumbo Tron screen set up for a video presentation and guest speakers, too.

"We are really hoping that everyone in the community will be coming down," Ski Corp. Vice President of Marketing Andy Wirth said. "It will be a really neat event."

Longtime local favorites Banks and Shane will even be coming back to town to perform their blend of country music, kicking off the celebration at 3 p.m. with a concert at Headwall.

Wirth hopes the celebration will be similar to the Olympic send-off party last year in downtown Steamboat Springs.

"This is really a moment for us all," he said. "It's not really about the ski area, it's about the community celebrating."

Sunday's celebration is just one in a string of special events that begin today and will stretch over the next month and a half to celebrate Steamboat's 40th year.

Tonight, the party gets under way with a black-tie gala and a Big Head Todd and the Monsters concert.

On Saturday, people can ski with local skiing legends, such as Jim "Moose" Barrows and Billy Kidd, starting at 9 a.m. at the gondola.

The band Liquid Soul will perform a free show at 3 p.m. Saturday in Gondola Square. During the show, the first of four costume contests celebrating different eras in Steamboat's history will be held. Each contest coincides with the Bud Light Concert Series show at Gondola Square. The theme for Saturday's contest is the '60s and before. Contestants will vie for grand prizes including a season ski pass and a 2003 Bud Light Bombardier snowmobile.

A fireside chat with some of the local legends involved with the ski area through the years, including John Fetcher and Jim Temple, is also scheduled for Saturday afternoon. The chat will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

"It is just to gather and have a casual conversation. It's a chance to rub elbows and ask questions," Ski Corp. spokeswoman Cathy Wiedemer said.

Monday will feature skiers throwing big air at the Budweiser All-Star Aerial Show from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the mountain.

This year's 29th annual Cowboy Downhill, also part of the 40th anniversary, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the mountain. Grammy-nominated country and western singer Joe Nichols and his band will perform a show at the Steamboat Music Tent.


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