The 30th annual Cardboard Classic is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Steamboat Ski Area. There still were registration spots open as of Thursday afternoon.

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The 30th annual Cardboard Classic is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Steamboat Ski Area. There still were registration spots open as of Thursday afternoon.

Steamboat Ski Area celebrates closing weekend

Cardboard Classic is Saturday, Pond Skim and free concert are Sunday

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Singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter will play a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Steamboat Ski Area.

Closing weekend events

■ 8:30 a.m. Saturday — STARS Snowshoe Roundup: Participants in this inaugural event hike a 2.4-mile course on mapped snowshoe trails at the ski area. Registration is $25. Register online at www.runningseries... or call 819-1996 for more information.

■ 11 a.m. Saturday — 30th annual Cardboard Classic: Teams in children’s and adult categories showcase their creativity in this annual event featuring crafts made from cardboard, string, glue, tape and paint. Check-in for registered teams is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday; judging starts at 10 a.m. and racing starts at 11 a.m.

■ 11:30 a.m. Saturday — STARS Snowshoe Stampede: The Stampede starts at about 11:30 a.m. and is a dash up and down the same hill used for Cardboard Classic. Registration is $25 and also covers the Snowshoe Roundup. Register online at www.> <p>runningseries.com or call 819-1996 for more information.

■ 1 p.m. Sunday — Third annual Splashdown Pond Skim: Competitors sport costumes and attempt to cross an icy pond on skis or a snowboard. Check-in for registered skimmers is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Registration for the event closes Saturday and caps at 50 people. Go to www.steamboat.com..., call 871-5472 or stop by the ski area information center for registration information. There is a $10 fee to enter; the event is free to watch.

■ 2:30 p.m. Sunday — Lifts close; 4 Points Hut and Rendezvous Saddle close

■ 3 p.m. Sunday — Thunderhead facility closes

■ 3 p.m. Sunday — Donavon Frankenreiter, free concert: Pop-conscious singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter shares his honest-minded and soul-steeped original songs in a free concert.

For more information about the closing weekend at Steamboat Ski Area, go to www.steamboat.com...>

— Steamboat Ski Area hosts its third annual Springalicious celebration this weekend, with live music and zany events ending the 2009-10 ski season.

The inaugural STARS Snowshoe Roundup gets things started at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Participants hike a 2.4-mile snowshoe course to benefit Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports. The second annual STARS Snowshoe Stampede is at 11:30 a.m. on Stampede at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Cardboard Classic — a downhill race showcasing the best ways to use cardboard, glue, water-based paint, tape and string — starts at 11 a.m. on Stampede. Prizes will be awarded in four categories: most creative, best individual craft, potpourri and best reproduction.

On Sunday, the third annual Splashdown Pond Skim invites costumed skiers and riders to skim across an icy pool of water at the base of the ski area. Registration for Cardboard Classic and the Splashdown Pond Skim still is open. Each event has a 50-participant cap, and there were spots remaining as of late Thursday afternoon, said Loryn Kasten, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokeswoman. Each event has a $10 registration fee; Cardboard Classic registration closes today, and Pond Skim registration closes Saturday.

A free concert by singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter is at 3 p.m. Sunday. Frankenreiter is the last act of the 11th annual Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series. Other performers for the series were Lyrics Born, Easy Star All-Stars, The Pimps of Joytime and The Dirty Heads.

All ski lifts close at 2:30 p.m. Sunday so ski area staff members have a chance to watch Frankenreiter’s free concert, Kasten said. Three lifts already have closed for the season: Bar-UE, Pony Express and Rough Rider. All other lifts will open at normal times, Kasten said.

There will be an increased law enforcement presence at the ski area through the weekend, with representation from the Steamboat Springs Police Department, Routt County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Forest Service, Kasten said.

Staff members will check bags at the gondola, Christie Peak Express and Thunderhead Express lifts through the weekend; alcohol will not be allowed on the lifts, Kasten said. Anyone who is found trying to transport alcohol on a lift will have the option to take it to a car or store it in a locker, Kasten said. Anyone who doesn’t want to take one of those options will have their alcohol confiscated, she said.

The Meadows Parking Lot reopens today and will be open through Sunday.

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