Cowboy Doug Wheeler gives Tanner Visnick one extra tug as Visnick prepares to fly over a jump on Lincoln Avenue on Sunday in Steamboat Springs. The city's annual Winter Carnival wrapped up Sunday.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Cowboy Doug Wheeler gives Tanner Visnick one extra tug as Visnick prepares to fly over a jump on Lincoln Avenue on Sunday in Steamboat Springs. The city's annual Winter Carnival wrapped up Sunday.

Weather warms carnival

Ski Band shows off new uniforms amid spring-like temperatures

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Matt Carter hangs on tight while he rides a shovel as Sheri Yeager, riding Neller, drags him down Lincoln Avenue at the Winter Carnival on Sunday afternoon in Steamboat Springs.

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A Caterpillar road grader makes a first pass down Lincoln Avenue on Sunday afternoon. City employees didn't wait to begin removing the snow trucked in for the final day of Winter Carnival festivities.

Results from Sunday's street events

96th annual Winter Carnival

50-Yard Obstacle Course, ages 5 to 7

1. Kyle Kagan

2. Murphy Bohlmann

3. Lucas Rowse

50-Yard Obstacle Course, ages 8 to 10

1. Wilder Gray

2. Sammi Jo Stabile

3. Cody Vargas

50-Yard Obstacle Course, ages 11 to 14

1. Chris Heaberlin

2. Grant Andrews

3. Mariah Hoots

25-Yard Dog Dash, riders younger than 5 years old

1. Oliver and Buddy VanDeCarr

2. Joey and Kali Rezzonico

3. K. Corina and Ranger Creamer

25-Yard Dad Dash

1. Scott and Andrew Kempers

2. Keri and Margo Shea

3. Dave and Taylor Macormack

Ring and Spear, ages 6 to 9

1. Gabe Aigner

2. Kristina Steinberg

3. Matthew Kempers

Street Slalom, ages 6 to 9

1. Nolan Connell

2. Noel Keefe

3. Cody Winters

Donkey Jump, ages 10 to 14

1. Jesse Pugh

2. Finn O'Connell

3. Billy Winters

Shovel Race, 18 and older

1. Scott Kempers

2. Matt Carter

3. Adam Beaupre

— The Steamboat Springs Ski Band didn't even need their brand-new jackets and hats for the parade during the 96th annual Winter Carnival on Sunday morning.

With temperatures reaching into the 40s, band director Jim Knapp said he couldn't have been happier.

"When I woke up this morning to see it was above zero (degrees), and even above 20, it was perfect," he said. "This is what is supposed to be."

The band was prepared for the worst in new ski jackets from BAP and new cowboy hats from F.M. Light & Sons and Stetson. The band didn't even have to use the plastic mouthpieces they have for days when the cold weather would make wet lips stick to the horns.

Junior Paula Ninger, clarinetist, said the warm weather helped stave off many of the problems she faces in colder weather. Her reeds didn't freeze and her instrument didn't lock up as she skied down Lincoln Avenue playing tunes by The Beatles.

The band's old uniforms, between 30 and 35 years old, aren't going to the trash piles immediately, though. Knapp said he plans to keep them around for a while and take several of the old patches from the outfits to put on the new jackets.

The ski band led the parade down Lincoln Avenue at the conclusion of the street events. They were followed by several contingents of enthusiastic locals, including the Lighted Ladies, clad mostly in fur and carrying signs declaring that the "Lighted Man Rocks."

Races

Sandy Evans Hall, executive vice president of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, estimated that 2,000 people lined Lincoln Avenue to watch the Winter Carnival events, which began at 9 a.m.

Dogs and dads took turns pulling youngsters across 25 yards of imported snow near Seventh Street, while young racers slid through slaloms and over jumps as they were pulled behind horses.

Scott Kempers took the prize for the shovel race, holding on as he was dragged down the street. Jesse Pugh, who skis with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, took first place in the donkey jump - an event that has a skier pulled behind a horse over a ramp on Lincoln Avenue. More than 4 tons of snow were trucked onto the street and groomed for the carnival.

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