Events for Steamboat's Winter Carnival from Feb. 2 to 6

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Winter Carnival Guide

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Wednesday, Feb. 2

■ 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. 3

■ 4:30 p.m. Cross-country obstacle race

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) Sponsored by SportsMed. A fun and entertaining obstacle race for cross-country skiers ages 5 to 12. Spectators are welcome. Preregistration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already be on file with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in order to participate.

■ 5 to 6 p.m. Telemark dual challenge

(Howelsen Hill) Sponsored by Backdoor Sports. All ages are welcome. Come and show your Telemark skills in gates, jumps and moguls. Registration is in Howelsen Hill Lodge from 4 to 4:30, with inspection from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

■ 6 to 7 p.m. 20-, 30- and 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 to 5:45 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge.

Friday, Feb. 4

■ 10 a.m. Soda Pop Slalom

(Steamboat Ski Area, Stampede run)

Sponsored by Christy Sports and Coca-Cola. This is a fun race open to any skier or snowboarder through fifth grade who is not an age-class racer with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Preregistration is required at the Winter Sports Club office by 6 p.m. Feb. 4.

■ 1:30 to 3 p.m. Bumps, jumps and K18 ski jumping

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) An enjoyable time for children ages 4 to 11 to take to the slopes of Howelsen Hill for some flying fun. Preregistration is required at the Winter Sports Club office by noon Feb. 3. Check in from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. on event day.

■ 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tubing party

(Howelsen Hill) Come experience Howelsen Hill’s tubing hill. Tubes are provided, and a waiver must be signed.

■ 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nordic jumping jamboree

(Howelsen Hill) Nordic combined athletes jump the 75, 42, 28 and 20 hills.

■ 6 to 8 p.m. Dual slalom bicycle race

(Howelsen Hill) Sponsored by Wheels Bike Shop and the Winter Sports Club’s 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 5:30 p.m. in Howelsen Hill Lodge. For more information, call Chris Johns, of Wheels Bike Shop, at 970-846-7433 (RIDE).

■ 7 to 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 will be provided by PowderTools. Preregistration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already be on file with the Winter Sports Club.

Saturday, Feb. 5

■ 8 to 11 a.m. Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast

(Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak St.) Hosted annually by the Knights of Columbus, this 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 Steamboat Springs. 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. Register at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center or the visitors center.

■ 9 a.m. to noon Street events

(Downtown, Lincoln Avenue) Sponsored by Yampa Valley Bank, F.M. Light & Sons, Mainstreet Steamboat Springs, Pinnacol Assurance, Old Town Pub and Walmart. A 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 are non-horse events for infants to 14-year-olds. Preregistration is required at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. Call the Chamber at 970-879-0880 for more information.

■ 9 a.m. to noon Pro Alpine ski flying training

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) Training for Sunday’s event.

■ Noon to 2 p.m. International Muzzle Loading Biathlon

(Howelsen Hill) In this 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, Pioneer Ridge and Mountain Resorts. A must-see evening of entertainment at historic Howelsen Hill. The evening features a winter sports exhibition, the Lighted Man, glow necklaces, torchlight parades, fiery hoop jumpers, an elaborate fireworks display and more.

Sunday, Feb. 6

■ 9 to 11 a.m. Street events

(Downtown, Lincoln Avenue) Sponsored by Yampa Valley Bank, F.M. Light & Sons, Mainstreet Steamboat Springs, Pinnacol Assurance, Old Town Pub and Walmart. A 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 are non-horse events for infants to 14-year-olds. Preregistration is required. Call the Chamber at 970-879-0880.

■ 11:30 a.m. Diamond Hitch Parade

(Downtown, Lincoln Avenue) The diamond hitch consists of at least four skiers holding 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-covered streets. Anyone is welcome to enter the parade. Preregistration is required. Call the Winter Sports Club at 970-879-0695, ext. 100, for an entry form.

■ 1 p.m. Pro Alpine ski flying finals

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off 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 in Alpine skis and boots rather than the usual ski jumping equipment. Call Pat Arnone at 970-879-8141.

■ 1 to 2 p.m. Parent-Child Downhill

(Howelsen Hill) Sponsored by Ski Haus and Pepsi. 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. Preregistration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already be on file with Winter Sports Club.

For more information, call the Winter Sports Club at 970-879-0695, ext. 100.

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