Maribeth Cate created this poster for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. The artwork serves as the basis for this year’s Winter Carnival button design.


Maribeth Cate created this poster for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. The artwork serves as the basis for this year’s Winter Carnival button design.

Winter Carnival: Button artwork shows spirit of giving back


— This year’s Winter Carnival button artwork was made all for the sake of giving back to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

And with the club celebrating its 100th year, it seems like a fitting time.

Maribeth Cate is the artist behind the buttons, which will be sold for $10 and will benefit several Winter Sports Club programs.

The artwork originally was made as a poster that Cate thought the club could sell to help make a profit for its programs. It depicts a ski jumper on Howelsen Hill going through a fiery hoop and several spectators watching from below, all in soft watercolor.

“I wanted to do something for the club,” Cate said.

Her son Morgan was part of the Winter Sports Club and grew up participating in ski jumping and Alpine racing.

“I thought, ‘Well, it’s just a watercolor, but it’s kind of like in a way, a lot of the people around it are family and friends that are overlooking the hoop and the fireworks and everything.’ … I thought if I maybe give them this, they could make a poster. I went over and donated it because there was a drive to bring in money for the club.”

Cate said the club had it for a while, and then last year, she was told they were holding on to the poster for the 100th anniversary of the Winter Sports Club.

“It thrilled me to death,” she said.

Cate said she is thankful for all that the club has done for her family.

“I love the club, and I love the people that were associated with it,” she said, adding that the club helped instill discipline and sportsmanship in her son’s life.

She added that she used to volunteer as much as she could.

Cate and her husband, Bob, now live in Loveland, but because they lived in the Yampa Valley for 33 years, the Cates will make their way back for the 101st Winter Carnival.

And Cate said she’s most excited about the flash mob dance making its way back into this year’s festivities. She added that they just couldn’t miss the Winter Carnival.

“It’s a blast, isn’t it? ... It’s so fun and so special because of the people in town and how much they love winter, and I mean, from the cowboys to the brand-new people who have moved there — I look forward to it every year.”

This year’s Winter Carnival button will be on sale at various locations in Steamboat Springs and at the Winter Carnival events. Volunteers still are needed to put on the Winter Carnival, so if you are interested in volunteering, sign up for jobs at or email Paige Boucher at

Where to buy a button

■ Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

■ All That Jazz

■ Allen’s Clothing

■ Alpine Bank

■ Backcountry Delicatessen

■ Bud Werner Memorial Library

■ Chrysalis

■ Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association visitor center

■ Ciao Gelato

■ City of Steamboat Springs

■ City Market

■ F.M. Light & Sons

■ Gondola Pub & Grill

■ Howelsen Hill concession stand

■ Lyon Drug

■ Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

■ Orthopaedics of Steamboat

■ Paws N Claws N Things

■ Ski Haus

■ Space Station

■ Steamboat Ski Area information center in Gondola Square

■ Yampa Valley Bank

■ Yampa Valley Medical Center

To reach Laura Mazade, call 970-870-1368, email or follow her on Twitter @Lmazade

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