Dear community of Steamboat Springs,
As I reflect on the 101st Winter Carnival weekend, I am awed by the way that my colleagues and the community came together to pull off what I believe was a "world-class" event in this special mountain town. While it may have been the 101st celebration of Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs, it was brand new for me and my family and our visiting friends, and we were absolutely amazed and thrilled to see it in all of its splendor and glory!
From the Street Events, to the exceptional and festive hospitality receptions, to the Night Extravaganza, the community of Steamboat Springs puts on an event that is worthy of global esteem and praise. The Winter Carnival is unique in its entertainment value, its celebration of our local youth and love of winter sports, and in its universal and overwhelming community support. On behalf of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, we are proud and honored to be associated with organizing this wonderful event for more than a century.
As I sat down to write thank you's, I quickly realized that the list of individuals and organizations who are deserving of thanks and gratitude was extremely long, and I would not want to miss any single supporter, each of whom played a critical role in the success of the Winter Carnival.
The generosity of many who donate time, money and their unique talents to this event provide the powerful energy and momentum to create something special and unique in this world. In addition, our coaches, other community ski experts (and daredevils) and our young athletes, take great pride in giving us their best to make us shout, scream, hoot, smile and laugh, and to amaze us with the spectacle of their talents and skill on Howelsen Hill.
Thank you Ski Town USA for your love, devotion and support of the Winter Carnival, our Olympic heritage and our culture of winter sports and mountain living! For me, it truly represents all the goodness of this town that I began to fall in love with more than 15 years ago. It highlights the best of Steamboat Springs, is a tribute to our wonderful western and winter sports heritage and is a reflection of the great things we can do together as a community.
I am proud to be associated with the Winter Sports Club and our community for coming together to ensure the success of the 101st Winter Carnival. My wish for each of you is that your excitement and enjoyment of it matched that of my family and friends who saw it for the first time — it was magical and spectacular!
With much admiration and gratitude,
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club