2018 Winter Carnival schedule of events — Feb. 7 to 11 | SteamboatToday.com

2018 Winter Carnival schedule of events — Feb. 7 to 11

Noel Keeffe flies off the donkey jump during the Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs. Keeffe flew 37.5 feet to win Sunday's competition.

Wednesday, Feb. 7

5:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies
(Olympian Hall, Howelsen Hill Lodge)

A celebration honoring the Winter Carnival Queen, her court of attendants, Little Princesses and the grand marshals.

6 to 8 p.m. Speed and Flight Night Ski Jumping
(Ages 12 and older, Howelsen Hill)

Learn to ski jump (on Alpine or telemark equipment) under the lights on the historic ski jumps of Howelsen Hill. Register ($15) the night of the event from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. For more information, contact Pat Arnone 970-734-8966.

Thursday, Feb. 8

9 to 10 a.m. Elementary School Olympic March
(Howelsen Hill)

Join the local elementary schools for an Olympic march to Howelsen Hill where they will host an opening ceremony and meet Olympians.

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2 to 6 p.m. Air Bag Jam Session
(Howelsen Hill)

Located under the lights of Howelsen Hill. Watch the athletes of the Winter Sports Club launch into the air onto 15-foot tall and 50-foot wide air bags.

6 to 9 p.m. S'More Family Fun Party
Presented by Off the Beaten Path and Book Trails
(Howelsen Hill Party Tent)

Families take part in the Winter Carnival celebration. Throughout the evening's activities at Howelsen Hill, a family-style chili and s'more party will be taking place in the big white tent on Vanatta Ballfield. Enjoy the outside ski activities, then head into the tent for warm chili, a DJ and dancing. Complete with a bonfire, fire spinners and s'more making outside; it's fun with the entire family. $10 tent entry for adults; $5 for kids 12 and younger. Wear your Winter Carnival button.

5 p.m. Cross-Country Obstacle Race
(Howelsen Hill)

A fun and entertaining noncompetitive obstacle race at Howelsen Hill for Nordic skiers and "wanna-be" Nordic skiers age 5 to 12. Spectators are welcome. Pre-registration not required, but a release form must be signed or already be on file with SSWSC in order to participate.

5 to 6 p.m. Powder Tools Mid-Winter Terrain Park Jam Session
(Howelsen Hill)

Open to both skiers and snowboarders ages 14 and younger. Located under the lights of the Howelsen Hill Terrain Park, this event is open to the public. Pre-registration is required at 4 p.m. at the terrain park. A waiver must be signed or already be on file with the SSWSC in order to participate. Practice runs from 4:30 to 5 p.m., jam session from 5 to 6 p.m.

5 to 6:30 p.m. Parent-Child Duals
(Howelsen Hill)

Everyone is a winner in this friendly competition for all ages. Come join the family fun by racing or bumping down the junior courses on Howelsen Hill Face. Go head to head against your child on either the GS style race course or dual mogul course. Pre-registration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already be on file with SSWSC in order to participate.

5:30 to 7 p.m. Ski Jumping Jamboree
(Howelsen Hill)

An enjoyable time for children age 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. Pre-registration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already be on file with SSWSC in order to participate. Helmet required.

Friday, Feb. 9

10 a.m. Christy Sports Soda Pop Slalom
(Steamboat Ski Resort, Stampede Run)

This is a fun race and is open to any skier or snowboarder age 11 and younger (SSWSC U12 athletes are not eligible). Pre-registration required at Howelsen Hill Lodge from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7.

3 to 5 p.m. Snow Sculpture Judging
(Lincoln Avenue)

Stroll down Lincoln to view hand-carved snow sculptures. Winners will be highlighted with ribbons and announced at Street Events on Feb. 10 and 11 and at the Night Extravaganza on Feb. 10. Sculptures will be built Feb. 8 in three categories: student, professional and individual/group/business.

4:30 to 6 p.m. Nordic Jumping Exhibition
(Howelsen Hill)

SSWSC Nordic combined and special jumping athletes jumping the HS 20, 30, 45, 75 and 100 jump.

6 to 7 p.m. Amateur Ski Jumping
(Howelsen Hill)

Ski jumping on Alpine equipment under the lights on the historic ski jumps of Howelsen Hill for those 15 and older. Prizes, jumping and high-flying fun. Register for $25 the night of the event from 5 to 5:45 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. For more information, contact Pat Arnone at 970-734-8966.

6 to 8 p.m. Wheels Bike Shop Dual Slalom Bicycle Race
(Howelsen Hill)

An exciting on-snow, mountain bike event down the face of Howelsen Hill for those age 12 and older. Event includes practice, qualifying and final competition rounds. Register the night of the event at 5:30 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. For more information, contact Chris Johns with Wheels Bike Shop at 970-846-7433.

7 p.m. to midnight Tito’s Mountain Soiree
Presented by Tito's Handmade Vodka

(Howelsen Hill in the tent at Vanatta Field)

Celebrate the 105th Winter Carnival with an evening of libations, food, live music by the 6 Million Dollar Band, a bonfire and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance at sswsc.tix.com or 970-879-0695, ext. 100. The event is for those 21 and older.

Saturday, Feb. 10

8 to 11 a.m. Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast
(Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak St., Steamboat Springs)

Hosted annually by the Knights of Columbus, this function is the perfect way to fuel up for all of the day's activities. In addition to a Winter Carnival button, donations are graciously accepted.

8 a.m. 100-meter Nordic Sprint
(Downtown, Lincoln Avenue)

The Steamboat Springs Nordic Council is looking for the fastest skate skiers in the ‘Boat. The group is hosting a 100-meter Nordic sprint on Lincoln Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets prior to the Street Events. The race will have male and female divisions as well as 13-and-older and 12-and-younger age categories. Anyone interested can register for this free event at the Steamboat Touring Center at 970-879-8180. Check in morning of the event at 7:30 a.m. at Seventh Street.

9 a.m. to noon Street Events
Presented by Yampa Valley Bank

(Downtown, Lincoln Avenue)

A wildly entertaining show featuring children on skis and snowboards being pulled behind horses along snow-covered Lincoln Avenue. Races include street slalom, ski-joring, ring and spear, donkey jump and the famous adult shovel race. The horse events are for children ages 6 to 14; there are also non-horse events for those age 1 to 14. Pre-registration required at WinterCarnivalSteamboat.com beginning at 10 a.m. Feb. 1.

1 p.m. Pro Alpine Ski Jumping Qualifications

(Howelsen Hill)

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, contact Pat Arnone at 970-734- 8966; $100 entry fee.

6:15 to 6:45 p.m. SSWSC Athlete Exhibition
(Howelsen Hill)

SSWSC athletes demonstrate their skills as the sun sets behind Howelsen Hill.

7 p.m. Night Extravaganza 
Presented by Yampa Valley Bank
Athlete Lighting Provider: Yampa Valley Electric Association

(Howelsen Hill)

This must-see evening of entertainment at historic Howelsen Hill is a community favorite drawing thousands of spectators for an exciting display of "Lighting the Flame." The evening starts off highlighting athletes showing their prowess in the dark, lit by flares and LED lights. Known across the country, the Lighted Man will then ski down Howelsen Hill shooting fireworks from his pyrotechnic suit, and jumpers will soar through a fiery hoop off of the Nordic jumps. End the night with a stunning fireworks show that will feature one of the country’s largest fireworks. Spectators: Don’t forget your Winter Carnival button.

Sunday, Feb. 11

9 a.m. to noon Street Events
Presented by Yampa Valley Bank
(Downtown, Lincoln Avenue)

A wildly entertaining show featuring children on skis and snowboards being pulled behind horses along snow covered Lincoln Avenue. Races include street slalom, ski joring, ring and spear, donkey jump and the famous adult shovel race. The horse events are for children ages 6 to 14; there are also non-horse events for ages 1 to 14. Pre-registration required at WinterCarnivalSteamboat.com beginning at 10 a.m. Feb. 1.

Approximately 11:30 a.m. Diamond Hitch Parade (after Street Events)
(Downtown, Lincoln Avenue)

The diamond hitch consists of at least four skiers. The skiers hold on to 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 streets. Anyone is welcome to enter the parade. Pre-registration required; deadline is 6 p.m. Feb. 7. Register online at WinterCarnivalSteamboat.com.

1 p.m. Pro Alpine Ski Jumping Finals
(Howelsen Hill)

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. Watch as world records get broken. For more information, contact Pat Arnone at 970-734- 8966; $100 entry fee.

Why should I purchase a Winter Carnival button?

A $10 Winter Carnival button is required for entry/spectating at all events. Your button will serve as your lift ticket for all events you register for and will give you free skiing access to Howelsen Hill Feb. 7 to 11. (You must obtain a physical lift ticket at the Howelsen Hill ticket office). All events take place at Howelsen Hill unless otherwise noted. A waiver is required for participation in all events.

Visit http://www.WinterCarnivalSteamboat.com for more information and use hashtag #105WinterCarnival to join the community conversation.