The "El Camino Loco" cardboard craft crashes into a barrier at the end of the run at Saturday's 30th annual Cardboard Classic event at the Steamboat Ski Area. The craft won an award for being the most creative.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

The "El Camino Loco" cardboard craft crashes into a barrier at the end of the run at Saturday's 30th annual Cardboard Classic event at the Steamboat Ski Area. The craft won an award for being the most creative.

Steamboat's Cardboard Classic features creativity, crashes

Annual cardboard derby part of season-ending events

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Closing Day events at Steamboat Ski Area

■ 1 p.m.: Third annual Splashdown Pond Skim: Competitors sport costumes and try 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 is closed. The event is free to watch.

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

■ 3 p.m.: Thunderhead facility closes. Donavon Frankenreiter free concert: The pop-conscious singer-songwriter shares his honest-minded and soul-steeped original songs in a free concert.

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

— Tooth fairies, scantily clad wrestlers, “Peanuts” characters and “Thriller” monsters sped down Stampede at Steamboat Ski Area on Saturday, occasionally stalling or crashing during their runs at the 30th annual Cardboard Classic.

Twenty-six teams entered the annual competition, which asks participants to make a sled out of cardboard, glue, tape, string and water-based paint.

Josh Nourse, 10, along with his sister Kira, 7, and father, Rob, took the best individual craft award with their Canadian hockey puck. The family was in town visiting from Canada.

“We’re from Canada, and one of Canada’s favorite sports is hockey, and since our family is a big fan of hockey, we just decided to do an Olympic hockey puck,” Josh Nourse said. Rob Nourse said he hoped to inspire a little friendly competition with locals through the Olympic reference.

The group “El Camino Loco,” racing in a black El Camino re-creation, took the award for most creative craft. One of many teams to pick up considerable speed on the Cardboard Classic course before hitting the end, the members of “El Camino Loco” said they meant to build their craft for speed but were surprised by how much they picked up.

Racing as “Oops I Dead it Again,” members of the Steam­boat Dance Theatre sped down the course in a cardboard coffin. After crashing at the end, the group got out and performed part of the iconic dance from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video.

One Cardboard Classic participant was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center with injuries to her foot, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said. The craft the woman was riding in picked up speed as it went down the sloped course, he said. The woman’s foot was hurt when the craft hit crash pads at the end of the course. Lane said as far as he knew, the course preparation was the same Saturday as it has been in past years. All Cardboard Classic participants are required to sign a liability waiver before the race.

A group racing in an “Alice in Wonderland”-inspired teacup won the potpourri award, and a group racing in Snoopy’s doghouse won best re-creation.

Ski season ends today

Cardboard Classic is part of the ski area’s third annual Springalicious end-of-season celebration. Starting with the STARS Snowshoe Roundup on Saturday morning, the festivities continue today.

The third annual Splashdown Pond Skim, which invites skiers or snowboarders to ride downhill and attempt to cross an icy pond, is at 1 p.m. on Stampede at the base of the ski area. Check-in for registered skimmers is from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter gives a free concert at 3 p.m. in Gondola Square. In an e-mail interview Friday, Frankenreiter described his feel-good songs as being “about living in the moment.”

All ski lifts close at 2:30 p.m. today. The 4 Points Hut and Rendezvous Saddle close at 2:30 p.m., and the Thunderhead facility closes at 3 p.m. There will be bag checks at the Gondola, Christie Peak Express and Thunderhead Express lifts. Alcohol will not be allowed on the lifts.

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