Future Olympic skier Buddy Werner, 8 years old at the time, tries the Winter Carnival barrel in 1944.

Tread of Pioneers Museum/Courtesy

Future Olympic skier Buddy Werner, 8 years old at the time, tries the Winter Carnival barrel in 1944.

Winter Carnival 2013: Special events for this year’s carnival

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Street event descriptions

■ Horse events

Ring and Box: Horse pulls skier who must drop rings in washtub. Ages 6 to 9.

Ring and Spear: Horse pulls skier who is holding a spear and trying to collect five rings suspended from stands. Ages 6 to 9.

Skijoring: Horse pulls skier through flat course down the street. Ages 6 to 14.

Street Slalom: Horse pulls skiers through slalom course of cones. Ages 6 to 14.

Donkey Jump: Horse pulls skier over a two-foot ramp. Ages 6 to 14.

Shovel Race: Horse pulls an adult who sits in any type of shovel. 18 and older.

■ Non-horse events

Dog Dash: Children are pulled in sleds (sled cannot have metal runners) by the family dog for 25 yards to the finish line. A parent or dog owner leads the dog. Ages 5 and younger.

Dad Dash: Children are pulled in sleds (sled cannot have metal runners) by dads on all fours for 25 yards to the finish line. Ages 5 and younger.

Children’s Dash: 25-yard dash for ages 3 to 5, 50-yard dash for ages 6 to 8, and 75-yard dash for ages 9 to 11.

Three-legged Race: Two people on skis tie their legs together (ties provided) and race to the finish line. Ages 5 to 11.

Obstacle Course: Skiers maneuver around obstacles and race to the finish line. Ages 5 to 14.

Sign up

Preregistration is required at www.steamboatchamber.com.

As Winter Carnival enters triple digits, the event is highlighted by tradition. But who says an old event can’t learn new tricks?

The annual celebration of Western flare and skiing heritage still will feature its longstanding events, but Winter Carnival organizers are celebrating the birthday milestone with some new ones that will make the 100th Winter Carnival even more special:

■ Winter Carnival ski exhibit

Want to know what Winter Carnival was like in 1915 or 1945? Take a walk over to the Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St., and get lost in history. The exhibit opens Wednesday. Entry is free and donations are welcome. The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 10. For more, see page 19.

■ Speed and Flight night ski jumping

“Those ski jumpers are crazy,” is a common thing heard during Winter Carnival. Why not join them? The Steamboat Spr­ings Winter Sports Club will teach people to ski jump on Alpine equipment under the lights Wednesday. The cost is $15, with registration beginning at 5:15 p.m. at Howelsen Hill. Jumping starts at 6 p.m.

■ Dual giant slalom ski race, party

It’s imperative that Winter Carnival features some ski racing. Thursday’s event begins with registration at Howelsen Hill at 6 p.m. Competitors must be at least 15 years old. Inspection starts at 6:30 p.m. with races at 7 p.m. It’s a head-to-head, single-elimination format and features the biggest prize purse of the season. The cost for skiers is $10 and includes a post-race party with homemade chili and drinks. Those interested in only the party can purchase tickets for $5.

■ Sorel Soiree

“Steamboat classy” is a good way to describe this new event. Sorel Soiree attendees should wear Sorel boots and formal attire. The event already has been a hit. A limited amount of tickets remain. Those interested should call the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club at 970-879-0695, ext. 100. Tickets are $75 and include libations, food and live music. The event begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the tent on Vanatta Field at Howelsen Hill. The event is for those 21 and older and is sure to be a highlight of the weekend.

“We just really thought it would be fun to have a winter-themed party outside,” said Cathy Wiedemer, a spokeswoman for the Winter Carnival.

■ Night Extravaganza afterparty

After the largest fireworks show in Winter Carnival history takes place Saturday, enjoy a beverage and good company at the afterparty. Taking place at the tent on Vanatta Field, there will be food, a cash bar and music. There also will be a bonfire. The party begins after the fireworks and runs until 10 p.m.

“After the fireworks go off, some folks don’t want to go home and want to keep going on and celebrating,” Wiedemer said.

■ Steamboat Celebration Concert

What better way to wrap up Winter Carnival on Feb. 10 than with a little music at the Strings Music Pavilion with the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra. The concert will pay tribute to the Winter Sports Club, Winter Carnival and feature a plethora of Olympians, some even stepping on stage to help conduct. The event is $45 in advance and $55 at the door. It’s $10 for youths ages 13 to 18 and students, and $1 for children 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the Depot Art Center, All That Jazz and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association visitor center. The concert begins at 5:30 p.m.

A $10 Winter Carnival button is required to participate in or spectate all events.

2013 Winter Carnival Guide

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