A sure sign of spring is live entertainment on the snow in front of the Slopeside Grill at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Andy Straus took the stage Thursday, and there will be plenty of other shows at the base of Steamboat Ski Area in the coming weeks.

Photo by John F. Russell

A sure sign of spring is live entertainment on the snow in front of the Slopeside Grill at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Andy Straus took the stage Thursday, and there will be plenty of other shows at the base of Steamboat Ski Area in the coming weeks.

Steamboat Ski Area putting on GoPro contest

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— Steamboat Springs isn’t only about luscious snow.

Of course, that’s a great part of it, but Steamboat means a lot more. Steamboat Ski Area wants to know what the town means to locals and visitors, and it is looking for videos and photos captured on GoPro that show exactly that.

The ski area is hosting a contest, “Share Your Steamboat Story,” that is asking people to take stills or a two-minute video that displays Steamboat’s appeal.

There will be two grand-prize winners — one in still and one in video — as well as two runner-ups.

Winners will get a GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition, while the runner-up prize is a $200 Steamboat gift card.

Submissions are due by March 28. After that, they will be pared down and put to a community vote. Winners will be announced in late April.

“It’s what Steamboat means to our guests and fans,” ski area spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said. “It could be a sunny day or a powder day, but it doesn’t have to. It can be horseback riding. It could be them at that base area and doing the trampoline. There are no guidelines of what it has to be. It’s what their version of Steamboat is.”

There are two ways to enter. People can take a GoPro still photo and post it to their Instagram account with the hashtags #SteamboatResort and #GoPro.

People also can take a video no longer than two minutes and post it to their public YouTube and fill out the entry form by visiting www.steamboat.com/storycontest. The website also includes official rules and instructions.

Ski area full of entertainment as season closes

While — dare we mutter the six-letter "S" word — spring creeps in, the mountain remains a hub of activity until April 13’s Closing Day. Here is a look at the next month:

3 p.m. Saturday: Bud Light Rocks the Boat with Naia Kete in Gondola Square.

Noon Sunday: Bashapalooza at the bottom of Bashor Bowl and Rabbit Ears Terrain Park. DJ, corn hole tournament, prizes and drink and food specials.

5:30 p.m. Thursday: Sunset Happy Hour at the top of Steamboat Ski Area gondola. Free for season pass holders or $5 for non-pass holders.

7 p.m. Friday: Partini event. Kick off the STARS Mountain Challenge weekend with an evening featuring a "Mad Men"-style martini party. Individual tickets $125 per person. The cost includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, martinis, beer and wine and music.

9 a.m. March 29: STARS Mountain Challenge. Get teamed up with Olympians, Paralympians and Wounded Warriors to compete in a series of fun on-mountain challenges. Prizes are available for top individual fundraiser, top team fundraiser and the team that accumulates the most points on race day. For more information or to register, visit www.steamboatstars.com.

3 p.m. March 29: Bud Light Rocks the Boat: Giving Tree Band in Gondola Square.

5:30 p.m. March 30: Sunset Happy Hour at the top of Steamboat Ski Area gondola. Free for season pass holders or $5 for non-pass holders.

6 to 9 p.m. March 30: Last night skiing and riding

5:30 p.m. April 3: Sunset Happy Hour at the top of Steamboat Ski Area gondola. Free for season pass holders or $5 for non-pass holders.

8:30 a.m. April 5: Sixth annual Cody’s Challenge. Fundraiser for the Cody St. John Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to benefit professional ski patrollers. Registration is $60, or $100 if a lift ticket is needed. Gondola loads from 7:45 to 8 a.m., race starts at 8:30 a.m. www.codyschallenge.org.

3 p.m. April 5: Bud Light Rocks the Boat: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds in Gondola Square.

5:30 p.m. April 10: Sunset Happy Hour at the top of Steamboat Ski Area gondola. Free for season pass holders or $5 for non-pass holders.

11 a.m. April 12: 34th annual Cardboard Classic features homemade cardboard crafts, constructed only from cardboard, glue, string, paint, duct tape and masking tape, racing down Stampede to the finish.

3 p.m. April 12: Bud Light Rocks the Boat: MarchFourth Marching Band in Gondola Square.

1 p.m. April 13: Splashdown Pond Skim. Celebrate the end of ski season with a splash in the annual pond skim competition. Steamboat’s bravest (and maybe craziest) skiers and riders will try to cross an ice-cold pond at the base of the mountain while being judged on distance, outfit creativity and crowd response.

3 p.m. April 13: Bud Light Rocks the Boat: G. Love and Special Sauce in Gondola Square

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