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Soda Pop Slalom 2014

The Soda Pop Slalom is a long-running Winter Carnival tradition in Steamboat Springs.

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Volunteer sheriff Craig Keefe lines up racers near the start of the annual Soda Pop Slalom at Steamboat Ski Area. The Soda Pop Slalom is a long-running Winter Carnival tradition in Steamboat Springs. Photo by John F. Russell

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Dylan Gormley, 8, waits for his turn Friday morning during the annual Soda Pop Slalom at Steamboat Ski Area. The Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival event is a rite of passage for young skiers in Steamboat Springs and serves as a preview of a weekend full of fun. Photo by John F. Russell

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Winter Carnival Princess Riley Meisegeier hands out gift bags at the bottom of this year's Soda Pop Slalom race course Friday morning. Photo by John F. Russell

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The racing action was a bit too much for 2-year-old Harlow Kuntz, who elected to take a nap on father Don's back while watching her siblings at Friday's Soda Pop Slalom. The long-running Winter Carnival event is where many Alpine ski racers in Steamboat Springs get their start. Photo by John F. Russell

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Lila Boniface, 8, attempts to catch a snowflake on her tongue while waiting for her turn Friday morning during the annual Soda Pop Slalom at Steamboat Ski Area. The Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival event is a rite of passage for young skiers in Steamboat Springs and serves as a preview of a weekend full of fun. Photo by John F. Russell

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Jack Sulentich enjoys a soda after completing his run in Friday's Soda Pop Slalom at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Photo by John F. Russell

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Greyson Garner, 8, pushes out of the starting gate Friday morning during the annual Soda Pop Slalom at Steamboat Ski Area. The Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival event is a rite of passage for young skiers in Steamboat Springs and serves as a preview of a weekend full of fun. Photo by John F. Russell

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Caden Sulentich makes his way through the race course Friday morning during the annual Soda Pop Slalom at Steamboat Ski Area. The Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival event is a rite of passage for young skiers in Steamboat Springs. Photo by John F. Russell

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Skeeter Armstrong makes his way through the race course Friday morning during the annual Soda Pop Slalom at Steamboat Ski Area. The Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival event is a rite of passage for young skiers in Steamboat Springs and serves as a preview of a weekend full of snow-filled fun. Photo by John F. Russell

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Complete with wings and a tutu, 5-year-old Emmy Watson makes her way down the race course during Friday morning's Soda Pop Slalom. The Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival event is a rite of passage for young skiers in Steamboat Springs and serves as a preview of a weekend full of snow-filled fun. Photo by John F. Russell

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Solana Brown, 8, goofs around with friends while waiting for her shot at the race course Friday morning during the annual Soda Pop Slalom at Steamboat Ski Area. The Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival event is a rite of passage for young skiers in Steamboat Springs and serves as a preview to a weekend full of snow-filled fun. Photo by John F. Russell

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