Jamie Curcio peaks out from the top of his group’s cardboard boot while Carrie Good, left, and Kerrie Holmes take a seat in the front during the Cardboard Classic in 2009 at Steamboat Ski Area. This year’s event starts at 11 a.m. April 9 at the ski area.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Jamie Curcio peaks out from the top of his group’s cardboard boot while Carrie Good, left, and Kerrie Holmes take a seat in the front during the Cardboard Classic in 2009 at Steamboat Ski Area. This year’s event starts at 11 a.m. April 9 at the ski area.

Spring sprouting at Steamboat Ski Area

Several events are planned leading up to April 10, Closing Day

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Springalicious schedule

■ Today

8:30 a.m. Third Annual Cody’s Challenge

3 p.m. Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert — Los Lonely Boys

■ Friday

10 to 4 p.m. Red Bull Buttercup

3 p.m. to dusk Coca-Cola Adventure Zone activities

■ April 9

10 a.m. 31st Cardboard Classic judging

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Coca-Cola Adventure Zone Activities

11 a.m. 31st Cardboard Classic race

■ April 10

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Coca-Cola Adventure Zone activities

1 p.m. Fourth Splashdown Pond Skim

2:30 p.m. Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert — Katchafire

2:30 p.m. Bashor and Morningside lifts close

3 p.m. Burgess Creek, Storm Peak Express, Sundown Express and Sunshine Express lifts close

3 p.m. Thunderhead and Rendezvous facilities close

3:15 p.m. Christie Peak Express, Thunder­head Express and the gondola close

4 p.m. Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert — The Wailers

— End-of-season celebrations are under way at Steamboat Ski Area today with the Los Lonely Boys performing at 3 p.m. in Gondola Square.

The concert will usher in the last eight days of skiing at the ski area, which has reported receiving 415 inches of snow since October. It’s the third time in four years that Steamboat has surpassed the 400-inch mark and the eighth time since 1980.

“I want to thank everyone in advance for their support this winter,” Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President Chris Diamond said in a news release.

Ski Corp. calls the season-ending celebration Springalicious and features events such as the staple Cardboard Classic race and the four-year-old Splashdown Pond Skim.

This year there also will be the Red Bull Buttercup snowboard competition. It’s open to amateurs and professionals and is described as showcasing the “creativity in technical flatland trickery.” There is a $20 entry fee that goes to prize money. Registration is from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, and practice runs are from noon to 1 p.m. The Amateur Qualifying Jam is from 1 to 2 p.m., the Pro Qualifying Jam is from 2 to 3 p.m. and finals are from 3 to 4 p.m.

The 31st annual Cardboard Classic is April 9 and is the big payoff for the groups of people who have been scavenging the town for cardboard that is then used to build a craft capable of sledding down the gentle slope at the base.

Judging takes place at 10 a.m., and racing begins at 11 a.m. Registation is $10 and can be done at www.steamboat.com/spring, and the event is limited to 50 crafts.

“Spots are filling up fast,” Ski Corp. spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said.

For the fourth year, the ski area will host the Splashdown Pond Skim at 1 p.m. Closing Day, April 10. The event features skiers and riders who try to gain enough speed to skim across an icy pond at the base area. The event is limited to 50 people and costs $20. Registration for that event also can be done online.

Those without a pass may want to take advantage of the Springalicious 4-Pack Pass offered by the ski area. The $99 pass is good for any four days in April.

Steamboat will start to close ski lifts about 45 minutes early April 10, and the final Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert featuring The Wailers starts at 4 p.m.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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Jason Miller 3 years, 6 months ago

I dont think he is saying were number one in that picture

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