Wednesday, Feb. 3
Steamboat Springs ■ 5:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies (Olympian Hall, Howelsen Hill Lodge, downtown off Fifth Street) Sponsored by Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co. and Pepsi Cola. A celebration honoring the Winter Carnival queen and her court of attendants, little princesses and grand marshals.
Thursday, Feb. 4
■ 4:30 p.m. Cross-Country Obstacle Race (Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) Sponsored by SportsMed. A fun and entertaining obstacle race for young cross-country skiers ages 5 to 12. Spectators welcome. Pre-registration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already on file with SSWSC in order to participate.
■ 4:30 – 6 p.m. Telemark Challenge (Howelsen Hill) Sponsored by Backdoor Sports. All ages welcome to show their Telemark technique and skills in gates and moguls on Howelsen Hill. Registration in the Fireplace Room from 3:30 to 4 p.m. and inspection from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event starts at 4:30.
■ 6:30 – 8 p.m. Dual Slalom Bicycle Race (Howelsen Hill) Sponsored by Wheels Bike Shop and the SSWSC Cycling Club. An exciting on-snow, mountain bike event down the face of Howelsen Hill complete with thrills and spills. The event includes practice, qualifying and final competition rounds. Register the night of the event at 6 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. For more information, call Chris Johns with Wheels Bike Shop at 970-846-RIDE.
■ 7 – 8 p.m. 20, 30 & 50 Meter Jumping (Howelsen Hill) An opportunity for those ages 11 and older to take a shot at ski jumping on Howelsen’s famous jumps. Alpine, Telemark or jumping skis only. Register the night of the event from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge.
■ 7 – 8 p.m. Snowboarding Jam Session (Howelsen Hill) Sponsored by PowderTools. Located under the lights of the Howelsen Hill Terrain Park, this event is open to anyone looking to have some fun on his or her board. Prizes provided by PowderTools. Pre-registration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already on file with SSWSC in order to participate.
Friday, Feb. 5
■ 10 a.m. Soda Pop Slalom (Mount Werner, Headwall Run) Sponsored by Christy Sports and Coca-Cola. This is a fun race and is open to any skier or snowboarder through fifth grade who is not an age-class racer with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Pre-registration required at the Winter Sports Club office. Registration deadline is 6 p.m. Feb. 4.
■ 1:30 – 3 p.m. Bumps, Jumps & K18 Ski Jumping (Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of Fifth Street) An enjoyable time for children ages 4 to 11 to take to the slopes of Howelsen Hill for some “flying fun.” Preregistration required at the Winter Sports Club office. Registration deadline is noon Feb. 4. Check in from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. on event day.
■ 3 – 6 p.m. Tubing Party (Howelsen Hill) Come experience Howelsen Hill’s Tubing Hill. Tubes are provided, and a waiver must be signed.
■ 4 – 5:30 p.m. Nordic Jumping Jamboree (Howelsen Hill) Nordic combined athletes jumping the Hillside 75, 42, 28 and 20 hills.
■ 6:30 – 7:40 p.m. Olympian Send-off (Courthouse Lawn) Sponsored by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Join the community as Ski Town USA sends its Olympians off to Vancouver, British Columbia. Fireworks, the Steamboat Olympic Torch, big-screen video and close to 15 new Olympians.
Saturday, Feb. 6
■ 8 – 11 a.m. Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast (Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak St.) Hosted annually by the Knights of Columbus, this function is the perfect way to fuel up for all of the day’s activities. In addition to a Winter Carnival button, a nominal admission is charged.
■ 8 a.m. 100-Meter Nordic Sprint (Downtown, Lincoln Avenue) The Steamboat Springs Nordic Council is looking for the fastest skate skiers in the ’Boat. To find them, they are hosting a 100-meter Nordic sprint on Lincoln Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets before the Street Events. The race will have male and female divisions as well as 13 and older and 12 and younger age categories. Anyone interested can register at the Steamboat Touring Center or at the Steamboat Springs Visitor’s Center.
■ 9 a.m. – noon Street Events (Downtown, Lincoln Avenue) Sponsored by Yampa Valley Bank. A wildly popular and entertaining show featuring children on skis and snowboards being pulled behind horses through the snow-covered streets of downtown. Races include street slalom, skijoring, ring and spear, donkey jump and the famous adult shovel race. The horse events are for children ages 6 to 14, and there also are nonhorse events for children 14 and younger. Preregistration required at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. Call the Chamber at 970-879-0880 for more information.
■ 9 a.m. – noon Pro Alpine Ski Flying Training (Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) Training for Sunday’s event.
■ Noon – 2 p.m. International Muzzle Loading Biathlon (Howelsen Hill) In this unique endurance event, participants clad in fur trapper, frontier vintage attire combine marksmanship, using early Americana black powder firearms, with cross-country skiing on primitive equipment.
■ 1 p.m. Pro Alpine Ski Flying Qualifying (Howelsen Hill) Qualifying for Sunday’s event.
■ 6:30 p.m. Night Extravaganza (Howelsen Hill) Sponsored by Yampa Valley Bank, Native Excavating and Pioneer Ridge. A must-see evening of entertainment at historic Howelsen Hill. The evening features a winter sports exhibition, the Lighted Man, glow necklaces and torchlight parades, fiery hoop jumpers, an elaborate fireworks display and more.
Sunday, Feb. 7
■ 9 – 11 a.m. Street Events (Downtown, Lincoln Avenue) Sponsored by Yampa Valley Bank. See previous description.
■ 11:30 a.m. Diamond Hitch Parade (Downtown, Lincoln Avenue) The diamond hitch consists of at least four skiers. The skiers hold on to points of a rope tied in the shape of one or more diamonds. Animals, people or vehicles may pull the skiers down the snow-filled streets. Anyone is welcome to enter the parade. Preregistration required. Call the Winter Sports Club at 970-879-0695, ext. 100, for a parade entry form.
■ 1 p.m. Pro Alpine Ski Flying Finals (Howelsen Hill, downtown off of Fifth Street) This is a must-see Gelandesprung (a German word that means terrain jump) ski jumping event with participants launching off of the K114 “Big Hill” on Alpine skis and boots, rather than the usual ski jumping equipment. Watch as world records get broken. For more information, call Pat Arnone at 970-879-8141.
■ 1 – 2 p.m. Parent-Child Downhill (Howelsen Hill) Sponsored by Ski Haus and Pepsi Cola. Everyone is a winner in this noncompetitive, fun event. An adult and child ski together through Howelsen Hill’s terrain. Each child is given a participant ribbon and is provided an opportunity to have a professional photograph taken on the podium. Pre-registration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already on file with SSWSC in order to participate.
Don’t forget to purchase a $7 Winter Carnival button to show your support of the Winter Carnival and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
For more information, call the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club at 970-879-0695, ext. 100.