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Jim Boyne: Thank you Steamboat

The 105th Winter Carnival is in the books as one of the best. On behalf of the board, staff, athletes, coaches and volunteers of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, we wish to extend our gratitude for making the carnival exciting for all who participated in and attended the events.

This year's theme, "Lighting the Flame," represents the support we are giving to all of our athletes striving for success, especially those attending the 2018 Olympic Winter Games this year. These Olympians have worked hard, training for years to achieve a goal few athletes attain.

They inspire us to be great in our endeavors "on and off the mountain."  It's an honor to have them represent our community, and we’re fortunate to be celebrating our Winter Carnival and all that winter and our town means to us while they compete among the best athletes in the world. Let's continue to cheer them on throughout the games in Pyeongchang.

We cannot pull off Winter Carnival without the SSWSC support partners, including our presenting sponsors: Yampa Valley Bank, the city of Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., Smartwool, Alpine Mountain Ranch and Club, Steamboat Radio and UCHealth. In addition, we wish to thank the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, whose staff was instrumental in partnering with us in putting together the fantastic street events.

Thank you to this year's Winter Carnival Grand Marshals Joe and Sara Bishop who have supported the SSWSC over many years with their generous contributions to support the current needs of our athletes and programs and to sustain us for the future.

The S'more Family Fun Party on Thursday, sponsored by Off the Beaten Path and BookTrails, drew hundreds of parents and kids to enjoy chili, cornbread and roasting marshmallows over the fire pit. Crowds of people enjoyed the fire spinners and participating in the snow sport competitions on the mountain before dancing to the music of DJ Leprechaun.

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The name "Night Extravaganza," presented by Yampa Valley Bank, doesn't seem to do Saturday evening's festivities justice. It was mind-blowing to watch more than 600 athletes lighting up the hill demonstrating their skills and entertaining the crowd.

There were more flames and flares and, thanks to a generous contribution from Yampa Valley Electric Association, we enjoyed an abundance of lights on our athletes thrilling the spectators that gathered at Howelsen Hill.

One couldn't help but get caught up in enthusiastic cheers when the Lighted Man in his pyrotechnic suit shot fireworks, an array of skiers flew through the fiery hoop off the Nordic jumps and young athletes jumped and slid the rails in the terrain park. We all join together in thanking Tim Borden for providing another astounding display of fireworks to conclude the incredible evening.

We also wish to thank Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty who generously donated all of the proceeds from the sale of this year's Winter Carnival artwork and posters created by local artist Michelle Ideus, who beautifully captured the magic of Street Events.

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cannot thank our community enough for participating in and helping us continue the rich heritage and tradition of the Winter Carnival. The event really does showcase what a special place Ski Town USA really is, and we are proud to do our part to preserve and sustain it for generations to come.

With gratitude,

Jim Boyne

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club executive director