- Steamboat Ski Area, Mount Werner Road, Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs Ah, spring skiing: the slush, the sun, the goggle tan and the cardboard.
The Smartwool Cardboard Classic returns Saturday to the Steamboat Ski Area. The Cardboard Classic features vehicles made entirely from cardboard racing down Headwall at the base of the ski area. The creativity of the entries and the costumes of the competitors contribute to the success of the event - whether or not they reach the finish line in one piece.
Classic participants create homemade cardboard racing crafts from cardboard, glue, string, water-based paint, duct tape, packing tape and masking tape. All participants must be older than 5, sign a waiver and have no more than six people per craft. An adult must accompany children 6 to 10 years old who wish to participate.
Last year's race included the Wizard of Oz's ruby slipper and the Pink Ladies' convertible, along with a built-to-scale Hummer replica created by a Steamboat Resorts team headed by Jim Fletcher.
"I got too old to build with Legos, so cardboard's the next best thing," Fletcher said. His team at Steamboat Resorts plans to enter another car Saturday, this time an imitation taken from the movie Talladega Nights.
"The Hummer was pretty easy when compared to our NASCAR for this year," Fletcher said. "The edges are a lot curvier than the Hummer, and we don't have a car handy to get the measurements."
An award ceremony will be held after the race at Bear River Bar & Grill at the base of the gondola. All participants who enter the race are eligible for a drawing for a free 2007-2008 Steamboat season pass, with various prizes awarded at random.
Cardboard is available by calling the Steamboat Ski Area at 879-6111.