A snowboarder carves up the water at the Splashdown Pond championships in 2012 in Steamboat Springs. Steamboat Ski Area is hosting its last weekend with plenty of events, including the Cardboard Classic on Saturday and the Splashdown Pond Skim competition Sunday.

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A snowboarder carves up the water at the Splashdown Pond championships in 2012 in Steamboat Springs. Steamboat Ski Area is hosting its last weekend with plenty of events, including the Cardboard Classic on Saturday and the Splashdown Pond Skim competition Sunday.

Steamboat Ski Area wraps up season with Closing Day celebrations

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Steamboat Ski Area closing weekend events

Thursday

5 p.m. Sunset Happy Hour with Old Town Pickers

Saturday

11 a.m. Cardboard Classic

2 p.m. Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Concert featuring the Groovetrotters

3:30 p.m. Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Concert featuring MarchFourth Marching Band

Sunday

Noon DJ on stage

1 p.m. Splashdown Pond Skim

3:30 p.m. Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Concert featuring G. Love & Special Sauce

Early lift closures Sunday

2:30 p.m. Morningside lift

3 p.m. Burgess Creek, Elkhead, Four Points, South Peak, Storm Peak Express, Sundown Express and Sunshine Express lifts.

3:30 p.m. Bashor, Christie Peak Express, the Gondola and Thunderhead Express lifts.

— Steamboat Ski Area will call it a year this weekend with days chock-full of on-hill antics, free music and the celebration of another 300-plus-inch season.

Things get started Thursday with the final Sunset Happy Hour of the season.

People can begin loading the gondola at 5 p.m. and enjoy music by local bluegrass band Old Town Pickers.

The cost is free for season pass holders and $5 for non-season pass holders.

Events continue Saturday with the 34th annual Cardboard Classic, which pits amateur and professional cardboard craft engineers in a race down the mountain.

Those who enter are allowed to use cardboard and duct tape to come up with a craft, before sending it flying down the hill.

At 2 p.m., the Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Concert opens with the Groovetrotters, which boasts a combination of reggae, funk and rock. At 3:30 p.m., MarchFourth Marching Band will take the stage.

On Sunday, the official last day, brings a slew of activities, beginning with a live DJ on the Steamboat Stage.

At 1 p.m., the seventh annual Splashdown Pond Skim will have skiers and snowboarders — most in absurd costumes — going up against spring snow and, of course, a pond at the bottom.

Those brave enough to participate are judged on style and how far they can get across the pond.

Registration for the Cardboard Classic and Pond Skim is open at www.steamboat.com/things-to-do/springalicious-festival.aspx. Spots are limited.

The season then will come to a close in style at 3:30 p.m. as G. Love & Special Sauce perform.

Lifts running that day will close earlier than usual, starting with Morningside, which will close at 2:30 p.m.

Burgess Creek, Elkhead, Four Points, South Peak, Storm Peak Express, Sundown Express and Sunshine Express lifts will close at 3 p.m., and Bashor, Christie Peak Express, the Gondola and Thunderhead Express will close at 3:30 p.m.

Ski area officials will have crews back on the mountain Monday and said accessing the mountain is discouraged.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229, email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @LukeGraham

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