Welcome to Winter Carnival

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— The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is pleased to be hosting the 90th Winter Carnival. Beginning as an organizing committee for the Carnival, the Winter Sports Club has sponsored the Winter Carnival as a service to the community since 1914.

I must acknowledge that the enduring success of this famous winter celebration is due to the overwhelming support of the entire community. The Winter Carnival is made possible due to volunteers, participants, spectators, guests to the Yampa Valley, lodging properties, business partners, the City of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Ski Area. The Winter Carnival is truly a unique, community-based event.

This year's Winter Carnival theme is Honoring the History of Howelsen Hill. Howelsen Hill is the oldest continually operating ski area in Colorado; one of the largest Nordic ski jumping complexes in North America; and has one of only a few 90-meter jumps in the country. It is also the home of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. With the hard work and dedication of the City of Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space & Recreational Services staff, Howelsen Hill continues to be a unique public park for all to enjoy season after season.

As usual, many of the events of Winter Carnival take place at Howelsen Hill, including ski jumping, dual slalom bicycle race, snowboarding jam session, cross-country obstacle race, tubing party, telemark revival, international muzzle loading biathlon, chariot racing, parent-child downhill and the Night Extravaganza.

The Night Extravaganza is brought to you by First National Bank of Steamboat Springs, Native Excavating and Mountain Sport Center. This Saturday evening event wraps up the Winter Carnival with a bang and offers an exciting new freestyle aerial exhibition along with food and beverage concessions, the Lighted Man, fiery hoop jumpers, a glowstick parade, a spectacular fireworks finale and much more.

Additional Winter Carnival festivities include such events as the Film Festival, Pancake Breakfast, Soda Pop Slalom, the Street Events with horse and rider pulling kids down Lincoln Avenue on skis and the Diamond Hitch Parade, which includes the Steamboat Springs High School band on skis. There definitely is something for everyone.

The only cost to participate in or attend most events is $7 for an official Winter Carnival button. Buttons can be purchased at select businesses throughout town or at most of the events. All proceeds from button sales support the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and its young athletes. So, buy a button and enjoy the 90th Winter Carnival activities.

Thank you to the entire community, volunteers, winter athletes and sponsors that make this multi-day event possible.

Happy 90th!

Rick DeVos is executive director of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

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