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2008 Winter Carnival schedule

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Wednesday, Feb. 6

– 5:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies (Olympian Hall, Howelsen Hill Lodge, downtown off Fifth Street). Sponsored by Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co., Chamber Ambassadors and Pepsi Cola. A celebration honoring the Winter Carnival queen, her court of attendants and little princesses, and the grand marshals.

Thursday, Feb. 7

– 4:30 p.m. – Cross-Country Obstacle Race (Howelsen Hill). Sponsored by SportsMed. A fun and entertaining obstacle race for young cross-country skiers, ages 5 to 12. Spectators are welcome, and preregistration is not required, but a release form must be signed or on file with the Winter Sports Club to participate.

– 7 to 8 p.m. – 20-, 30- and 50-meter jumping (Howelsen Hill). An opportunity for those ages 11 and older to take a shot at ski jumping on Howelsen’s famous jumps. Alpine, telemark or jumping skis only. Register the night of the event from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge.

– 7 to 8 p.m. – Snowboarding Jam Session (Howelsen Hill). Sponsored by PowderTools. Under the lights of the Howelsen Hill Terrain Park, this event is open to anyone looking to have some fun on a board. Prizes provided by PowderTools. Preregistration is not required, but a release form must be signed or on file with the Winter Sports Club to participate.

Friday, Feb. 8

– 9 a.m. to noon – Alpine Ski Flying Training (Howelsen Hill)

– 10 a.m. – Soda Pop Slalom (Steamboat Ski Area, Stampede/ Li’l Rodeo ski trails on Headwall). Sponsored by Christy Sports and Pepsi Cola. This is a fun race open to any skier or snowboarder through the fifth grade who is not an age-class racer with the Winter Sports Club. Preregistration required at the Winter Sports Club office. Registration deadline is 6 p.m. Feb. 6.

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– 1:30 p.m. – Bumps, Jumps and K-18 Ski Jumping (Howelsen Hill). An enjoyable time for children ages 4 to 11 to take to the slopes of Howelsen Hill for some “flying fun.” Preregistration required at the Winter Sports Club office. Registration deadline is noon Feb. 7.

– 3 to 6 p.m. – Amateur Alpine Ski Flying Training (Howelsen Hill). Training for the evening’s event.

– 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. -Tubing Party (Howelsen Hill). Sponsored by Lincoln Avenue Printers. Experience Howelsen Hill’s new tubing hill. Fun for the whole family. Tubes are provided, and a waiver must be signed.

– 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Dual Slalom Bicycle Race (Howelsen Hill). Sponsored by Wheels Bike Shop and the Winter Sports Club Cycling Club. An exciting, on-snow mountain bike event down the face of Howelsen Hill complete with thrills and spills. The event includes practice, qualifying and final competition rounds. Register at 5:30 p.m. the night of the event in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. For more information, call Chris Johns with Wheels Bike Shop at 846-7433.

– 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Amateur Alpine Ski Flying Night Event (Howelsen Hill). This is a must-see Gelandesprung (a German word for terrain jump) ski jumping event with amateur-level participants taking flight off the K-68 hill in Alpine skis and boots rather than the usual ski jumping equipment. Call Pat Arnone at 879-8141 for more information.

– 7:30 p.m. – Red Bull Sledstyle Demo (Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, downtown off Fifth Street). Sponsored by Red Bull and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Fresh from the Winter X Games and Air & Style Munich, Heath Frisby and Joe Parsons will backflip their snowmobiles over giant kickers. Watch the Red Bull Snowcat build the course. An autograph session will follow the demonstration.

Saturday, Feb. 9

– 8 to 11 a.m. – Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast (Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak St). Hosted annually by the Knights of Columbus, this function is the perfect way to fuel up for all the day’s activities. In addition to a Winter Carnival button, a nominal admission fee is charged.

– 8 a.m. – 100-meter Nordic Dash (Downtown, Lincoln Avenue). The Steamboat Springs Nordic Council is looking for the fastest skate skiers in the ‘Boat. The event will be held between Seventh and Eighth streets and will feature male, female and youth divisions. Register at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center or at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Visitor Center.

– 9 a.m. to noon – Street Events (Downtown, Lincoln Avenue). Sponsored by First National Bank of Steamboat Springs. A wildly popular and entertaining show featuring children on skis and snowboards being pulled behind horses through the snow-covered streets of Downtown Steamboat. Races include Street Slalom, Skijoring, Ring and Spear, Donkey Jump and the famous adult Shovel Race. The horse events are for children ages 6 to 14, and there also are non-horse events for children ages 14 and younger. Preregistration is required at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association office. Call the Chamber at 879-0880 for more information.

– 9 a.m. to noon – Pro Alpine Ski Flying Training (Howelsen Hill) Training for Sunday’s event. Please see Sunday’s event description.

– 9:30 a.m. – Telemark Challenge (Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street). Show off your telemark technique on Howelsen Hill, including gates and moguls. All ages are welcome. Registration is from 9 to 9:30 a.m. in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Lodge.

– Noon – Red Bull Sledstyle Demo (Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, downtown off Fifth Street). Sponsored by Red Bull and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Fresh from the Winter X Games and Air & Style Munich, Heath Frisby and Joe Parsons will backflip their snowmobiles over giant kickers. Watch the Red Bull Snowcat build the course. An autograph session will follow the demonstration.

– Noon to 2 p.m. – International Muzzle-loading Biathlon (Howelsen Hill). In this unique endurance event, participants clad in vintage frontier attire combine marksmanship – using early Americana black powder firearms – with cross-country skiing on primitive equipment. Call Paul Yonekawa at 870-4530 for more information.

– 1 p.m. – Pro Alpine Ski Flying Qualifying (Howelsen Hill). Qualifying for Sunday’s event. Please see Sunday’s event description.

– 6:30 p.m. – Night Extravaganza (Howelsen Hill). Sponsored by First National Bank of Steamboat Springs, Native Excavating and The Ranch at Steamboat. A must-see evening of entertainment at historic Howelsen Hill featuring a winter sports exhibition, the Lighted Man, glowstick and torchlight parades, fiery hoop jumpers, an elaborate fireworks display and much more. Bob Kendrick of Channel 9 News will be the master of ceremonies.

Sunday, Feb. 10

– 9 to 11 a.m. – Street Events (Downtown, Lincoln Avenue). Sponsored by First National Bank of Steamboat Springs. See Saturday’s description.

– 11:30 a.m. – Diamond Hitch Parade (Downtown, Lincoln Avenue). The diamond hitch consists of at least four skiers. The skiers hold onto points of a rope tied in the shape of one or more diamonds. Animals, people or vehicles may pull the skiers down the snow-filled street. Anyone is welcome to enter the parade. Preregistration required. Call the Winter Sports Club at 879-0695, ext. 100, for a parade entry form.

– 1 p.m. – Pro Alpine Ski Flying Finals (Howelsen Hill). This is a must-see Gelandesprung (a German word for terrain jump) ski jumping event with participants launching off the K-114 “big hill” in Alpine skis and boots rather than the usual ski jumping equipment. Watch as world records get broken! For more information, call Pat Arnone at 879-8141.

– 1 to 2 p.m. – Parent-Child Downhill (Howelsen Hill). Sponsored by Ski Haus and Pepsi Cola. Everyone is a winner in this non-competitive, fun event. An adult and child ski together through Howelsen Hill’s terrain. Each child is given a participant ribbon and is provided an opportunity to have a professional photograph taken on the podium. Preregistration is not required, but a release form must be signed or on file with the Winter Sports Club to participate.