Closing weekend events
9:30 a.m. Cardboard Classic/judging
10 a.m. 18 and younger Cardboard Classic begins on Headwall
11 a.m. Adult Cardboard Classic begins on Headwall
3 p.m. American Relay free concert in Gondola Square
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Splashdown Pond Skimming registration at the Gondola Square Information Center
2 p.m. The Radiators free concert in Gondola Square
2:30 p.m. Upper mountain lifts close
3 p.m. Lower mountain lifts close
3 p.m. Splashdown Pond Skimming begins on Lil' Rodeo
4 p.m. Susan Tedeschi free concert in Gondola Square
Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Ski Area will shut down its lifts earlier than usual for Sunday's closing day festivities and will enforce a zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate behavior and illegal drinking on the mountain.
"We're taking necessary steps to ensure everyone's safety," Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokeswoman Heidi Thomsen said. "We want people to have fun; we want people to enjoy and celebrate the great snow year and a great season all around."
People cited for foul language, obscene gestures, throwing snowballs or exhibiting other rude or abusive behavior will lose their skiing/riding privileges for the entire 2008-09 season.
Closing weekend's events are for everyone in the community, and things such as foul language and obscene gestures don't make it fun for anyone, Thomsen said.
"We're not trying to punish anyone - we don't look at it that way. Our No. 1 concern is safety," Thomsen said.
Local law enforcement also will be out in force this weekend for Springalicious events.
"We have people up at the base for the Cardboard Classic and pond skimming, trying to have an extra presence to keep everyone safe and happy," Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said.
"It's busier than normal - we can anticipate that due to the festive atmosphere, the last weekend the mountain's open, there's concerts in the gondola base area, more alcohol consumption that's going on," Rae said. "So we staff up in anticipation of more problems related to that."
Ski Corp. security also will have an increased presence throughout the weekend. Security will check clothing, hydration packs and backpacks today and Sunday to look for alcohol.
"Legal drinking would be ordering a drink at one of our restaurant facilities, because it's a controlled environment," Thomsen said. "We don't allow open containers on the mountain. We don't allow people to be drinking excessively and skiing."