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Routt County in photos: Feb. 7, 2014

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Jayden Haghebangh crashes during a practice run before the Winter Carnival dual slalom bike race Friday night at Howelsen Hill. Photo by John F. Russell

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Yampa Valley Golf Course is a popular local spot to go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. With groomed trails going around the perimeter of the course and opportunities to explore in between the holes while they're blanketed in snow, it is used daily by residents looking to get exercise. Photo by Nate Waggenspack

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ethan Hoy slides down a small slope at Steamboat Ski Area after finishing his run in the annual Soda Pop Slalom. 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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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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Kiki Croke, 7, lands a good jump off the HS 20 ski jump Friday at Howelsen Hill during Steamboat Springs’ 101st Winter Carnival. Photo by Tom Ross

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Mattie Elliot, 6, took part in the ski jumping jamboree Friday at Howelsen Hill. Asked why she likes the sport, she said, “It’s fun because there’s more than two kids and sometimes I put on my pretend wings and jump off my bed. Photo by Tom Ross

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Petr Hanak races to victory in the quarterfinals of the dual slalom bike race Friday evening at Howelsen Hill. Hanak went on to win the annual Winter Carnival event. Photo by John F. Russell

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Trevyn Newpher clears a gate during qualifying for the 101st Winter Carnival dual bike slalom race Friday evening at Howelsen Hill. Newpher advanced to the finals before losing a tight race to Petr Hanak, who won the event. Photo by John F. Russell

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Mountain bike racers came out to Howelsen Hill in force Friday evening for the Winter Carnival dual slalom bike race. Photo by John F. Russell

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Steamboat guard Hunter Anderson scrambles to beat a host of Palisade players to a loose ball in the Sailors' 39-34 loss Friday night. Photo by Ben Ingersoll

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Steamboat sophomore Annie Osbourn goes up for a shot in the final moments of the Sailors' five-point loss to Palisade on Friday night. Photo by Ben Ingersoll

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Steamboat senior Zach Dunklin sizes up a 3 late in the Sailors' Friday night win against Palisade. Dunklin led all scorers with 27 points. Photo by Ben Ingersoll

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The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball squad sported mohawks Friday night, and a few even shaved logos on their heads, such as junior Matthew Lanning, who wore his No. 21. Photo by Ben Ingersoll

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Junior Brody King drives the lane Friday night in Steamboat's home win against Palisade. Photo by Ben Ingersoll

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Pow day in the 'boat. Submitted by Lucas Kidd.

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A 360 alley oop. Submitted by Lucas Kidd.

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