2004 Winter Carnival Schedule

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Wednesday, Feb. 4

5:30 p.m., Opening Ceremonies at Olympian Hall, Howelsen Hill Lodge, Downtown off of Fifth. Sponsored by Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co., Chamber Ambassadors and Pepsi Cola. A celebration honoring the Winter Carnival Queen, her Court of Attendants and Little Princesses, the Grand Marshal and if we're lucky, a special appearance by the Lighted Man.

Thursday, Feb. 5

4:30 p.m., Cross-Country Obstacle Race at Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of Fifth. Sponsored by SportsMed. A fun and entertaining obstacle race for young cross-country skiers, ages 5-12. Spectators welcome. Pre-registration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already be on file with SSWSC in order to participate.

7--8 p.m., 20, 30 & 50 Meter Jumping at Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of Fifth. An opportunity for those ages 11 and older to take a shot at ski jumping on Howelsen's infamous jumps. Alpine, telemark or jumping skis only please. Register the night of the event from 5:45 -- 6:45 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge.

7--8 p.m., Snowboarding Jam Session at Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of Fifth. Sponsored by PowderTools. Located under the lights of the half pipe at Howelsen Hill, this event is open to anyone looking to have some fun on his or her board. Prizes provided by PowderTools. Pre-registration is not required, but a release form must be signed.

8 p.m., John Varco Slide Show at Olympian Hall, Howelsen Hill Lodge, Downtown off of Fifth. Sponsored by Backdoor Sports and Colorado Mountain College. Former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club member and renowned mountain climber, John Varco, presents a slide show of several climbing expeditions.

Friday, Feb. 6
10:30 a.m., Soda Pop Slalom at Mount Werner, Headwall Run. Sponsored by Christy Sports and Pepsi Cola. This is a fun race and is open to any skier or snowboarder through the fifth grade who is not an age-class racer with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Pre-registration required at the Winter Sports Club office. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m.

1:30 p.m., Bumps, Jumps & 20 Meter Ski Jumping at Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of Fifth. An enjoyable time for children ages 4-11 to take to the slopes of Howelsen Hill for some "flying fun." Pre-registration required at the Winter Sports Club office. Registration deadline is Thursday, Feb. 5 at noon.

9 a.m. -- noon, Gelandesprung Ski Jumping Training at Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of Fifth. This is a must-see Alpine Ski Flying event with participants launching off of the "Big Hill" in Alpine skis and boots, rather than the usual ski jumping equipment. For more information, contact Pat Arnone at 879-8141.

6--7 p.m., Tubing Party at Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of Fifth. Sponsored by Lincoln Avenue Printers. Fun for the whole family. Bring your own tube.

7 p.m., Dual Slalom Bicycle Race at Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of Fifth. Presented by Sore Saddle Cyclery. An exciting on-snow, mountain bike event down the face of Howelsen, complete with thrills and spills. Call Sore Saddle Cyclery at 970-879-1675 for more information. Register the night of the event at 5:30 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge.

Saturday, Feb. 7

8--11 a.m., Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast at Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak St. 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, a nominal entry fee is required.

9 a.m.--noon, Street Events Downtown, Lincoln Avenue. Sponsored by First National Bank of Steamboat Springs. A wildly popular and entertaining show featuring children on skis and snowboards being pulled behind horses through the snow covered streets of downtown. Races include street slalom, ski joring, ring and spear, donkey jump and the infamous adult shovel race. The horse events are for children ages 6-14, while there are also non-horse events for infants to 14-year-olds. Pre-registration required at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. Call the Chamber at 970-879-0880 for more information.

9 a.m.--noon, Gelandesprung Ski Jumping Training at Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of Fifth. See above description.

Noon--2 p.m., International Muzzle Loading Biathlon at Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of Fifth. In this unique endurance event, participants clad in fur trapper, frontier vintage attire combine marksmanship while using early Americana black powder firearms with cross-country skiing on primitive equipment. Call Paul Yonekawa at 970-870-4530 for more information.

Noon--3 p.m., Steamboat Telemark Revival at Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of Fifth. Sponsored by Backdoor Sports. Free-heel skiers join in competition on the steep face of Howelsen Hill. This laid-back and fun event is open to men and women telemarkers. Call Backdoor Sports at 970-879-6249 for more information.

1 p.m., Chariot Races at Rodeo Grounds, Downtown off of Fifth. Drivers ride in a chariot behind a two-horse team in this head-to-head competition. The horses dash down a straightaway to a thrilling and thunderous finish, typically in 30 seconds or less. Call Kathy Duncan at 970-879-0129 for more information.

1 p.m., Gelandesprung Ski Jumping Qualifying at Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of Fifth. See above description.

6:30 p.m., Night Extravaganza at Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of Fifth. Sponsored by First National Bank of Steamboat Springs, Native Excavating and Mountain Sports Center. A must-see evening of entertainment at historic Howelsen Hill featuring a winter sports exhibition, the Lighted Man, glowstick and torchlight parades.

Sunday, Feb. 8
9--11 a.m., Street Events, Downtown, Lincoln Avenue. Sponsored by First National Bank of Steamboat Springs. See above description.

11:30 a.m., Diamond Hitch Parade, Downtown, Lincoln Avenue. The diamond hitch consists of at least four at 4) 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 streets. Anyone is welcome to enter the parade. Pre-registration required. Call the Winter Sports Club at 970-879-0695 ext. 104 for a parade entry form.

1 p.m., Gelandesprung Ski Jumping Finals at Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of Fifth. See above description.

1--2 p.m., Parent-Child Downhill at Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of Fifth. Sponsored by Ski Haus and Pepsi Cola. Everyone is a winner in this non-competitive, fun event. An adult and child ski together through Howelsen Hill's terrain.

1 p.m., Chariot races at rodeo grounds. See above description.

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