February 5, 2008
Steamboat Springs' first Winter Carnival ski jumping competition was held on the sunlit hill in the background on a jump built with $50 of lumber. By 1915, the second Winter Carnival had moved to the south side of the Yampa River, where a new jump had been built on the hill above the pasture where a captive elk herd was kept. It would become known as Howelsen Hill.
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In 1914, a $50 investment and a lard bucket helped found a mid-winter tradition that has persisted for 95 years in Steamboat Springs.