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Winter Carnival: 2014 event schedule

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Wednesday, Feb. 5

■ 5:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies

(Olympian Hall, Howelsen Hill Lodge, downtown off Fifth Street) Sponsored by Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co. and Pepsi. A celebration honoring the Winter Carnival queen and her court of attendants, little princesses and grand marshals.

■ 6 to 8 p.m. Speed and Flight Night Ski Jumping

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) Sponsored by Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Learn to ski jump (on Alpine or Telemark equipment) under the lights on the historic ski jumps of Howelsen Hill. For ages 12 and older. Register the night of the event from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. Cost is $15. Call Pat Arnone at 970-734-8966.

Thursday, Feb. 6

■ 4 to 6 p.m. Air bag jam session

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) Sponsored by Vertical Arts Architecture. Located under the lights of the Howelsen Hill Terrain Park, this event is open to the public. Preregistration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already be on file with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club to participate.

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■ 4:30 p.m. Cross-country obstacle race

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) Sponsored by SportsMed. A fun and entertaining obstacle race for young cross-country skiers ages 5 to 12. Spectators are welcome. Preregistration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already on file with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in order to participate.

■ 6 to 9 p.m. Winter Carnival dual GS ski race and party

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) Sponsored by Backdoor Sports and Wells Fargo Advisors. Hosted by SSWSC Alumni Club. Come race head-to-head and show your GS technique on Howelsen Hill. Single-elimination format for ages 15 and older. Registration will be in the Fireplace Room beginning at 6 p.m., inspection is at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 for race entry and includes admission to a post-race party with chili dinner and adult beverages. Non-racer party tickets are $10.

■ 6 to 7 p.m. Snowboarding jam session

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) Sponsored by PowderTools. Located under the lights of the Howelsen Hill Terrain Park, this event is open to the public. Prizes are provided by PowderTools. Preregistration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already be on file with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in order to participate.

Friday, Feb. 7

■ 10 a.m. Soda Pop Slalom

(Stampede run at Steamboat Ski Area) Sponsored by Christy Sports and Coca Cola. This is a fun race open to any skier or snowboarder through fifth grade who is not an age-class racer with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Preregistration is required at the Winter Sports Club office by 6 p.m. Feb. 5.

■ 1:30 to 3 p.m. Ski Jumping Jamboree

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) An enjoyable time for children ages 4 to 11 to take to the bump jump and 20-meter jump at the Nordic jumping complex of Howelsen Hill for some "flying fun" on Alpine equipment. Registration deadline is at noon Feb. 6. Check-in is from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. on event day. Open to the public.

■ 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Community tubing party

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) Sponsored by SmartWool. Come experience Howelsen Hill's tubing hill. FREE fun for the whole family with Winter Carnival button. Tubes are provided, but a waiver must be signed with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

■ 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nordic jumping exhibition

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic combined athletes jump the 20, 30, 45 and 75 hills.

■ 6 to 7 p.m. Amateur ski jumping

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) Sponsored by the Alpine Ski Jumping Association. Ski jumping (on Alpine equipment) under the lights on the historic ski jumps of Howelsen Hill. Prizes, jumping and high-flying fun for ages 12 and older. Registration costs $25 and is the night of the event from 5 to 5:45 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. For more information, call Pat Arnone at 970-734-8966.

■ 6 to 8 p.m. Dual slalom bicycle race

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) Sponsored by Bike Town USA and Wheels Bike Shop. An exciting on-snow, mountain bike event down the face of Howelsen Hill. The event includes practice, qualifying and final competition rounds for ages 12 and older. Register the night of the event at 5:30 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. For more information, call Chris Johns, with Wheels Bike Shop, at 970-846-7433.

■ 7 p.m. to midnight Sorel Soiree

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street in the tent at Vanatta Field) Hosted by SSWSC Alumni Club. For ages 21 and older. Celebrate the 101st Winter Carnival in a true winter wonderland. Dress to the nines but wear your Sorels to an evening of libations, food, live music with Loose Change, a bonfire and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance at 970-879-0695, ext. 100.

Saturday, Feb. 8

■ 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 of the day's activities. Admission with a Winter Carnival button, and donations are graciously accepted.

■ 8 a.m. 100-meter Nordic sprint

(Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat) The Steamboat Springs Nordic Council is looking for the fastest skate skiers in the 'Boat by hosting a 100-meter Nordic Sprint on Lincoln Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets before the street events. The race will have male and female divisions as well as 13-and-older and 12-and-younger categories. Anyone interested can register for this FREE event at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center by calling 970-879-8180.

■ 9 a.m. to noon Street events

(Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat) Presented by Yampa Valley Bank. A wildly popular and entertaining show featuring children on skis and snowboards being pulled behind horses along snow-covered Lincoln Avenue. Races include a street slalom, skijoring, Ring and Spear, donkey jump and the adult shovel race. The horse events are for children ages 6 to 14. Non-horse events are for ages 1 to 14. Preregistration is required at http://www.steamboatwintercarnival.com.

■ 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athlete exhibition

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes demonstrate their skills.

■ 7 p.m. Night Extravaganza

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) Sponsored by Yampa Valley Bank and Native Excavating. A must-see evening of entertainment at historic Howelsen Hill. The evening features a winter sports exhibition, the Lighted Man, torchlight parades, fiery hoop jumpers and an over-the-top fireworks display with a 500-pound firework that equals the current U.S. record holder, which was launched more than 18 years ago.

■ 8 to 10 p.m. Night show afterparty

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street in the tent at Vanatta Field) Warm up by the fire with friends after the fireworks. $5 donations for tickets for food and libations.

Sunday, Feb. 9

■ 9 to 11 a.m. Street events

(Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat) Sponsored by Yampa Valley Bank. See above description.

■ 11:30 a.m. or later Diamond Hitch Parade

(Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat) The diamond hitch consists of at least four skiers as they hold on to points of a rope tied in the shape of one or more diamonds. Animals, people or vehicles pull the skiers down the snow-filled street.

■ 1 p.m. Pro Alpine ski jumping finals

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) This is a must-see ski jumping event with participants launching off of the HS127 "big hill" on Alpine skis and boots, rather than the usual ski jumping equipment. For more information, call Pat Arnone at 970-734-8966. There is a $100 entry fee.

■ 1 to 2 p.m. Parent-child downhill

(Howelsen Hill, downtown off Fifth Street) Sponsored by Ski Haus and Pepsi. Everyone is a winner in this noncompetitive, 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 already be on file with Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

For more information, call the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club at 970-879-0695, ext. 100.