Celebrate 102 Years of Winter Tradition in Steamboat Springs
Mention a parade and fireworks and people say that’s typical. Talk about adults on shovels being pulled down main street behind horses or skiers jumping through fiery hoops and people stop to listen. In Steamboat Springs we do things differently, and with the oldest, continuous Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi, this event is certainly no different.
About the Winter Carnival
Winter Carnival was started by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) as a way to help residents cope with cabin fever during the height of the Colorado winter season.
The event continues to this day as a way to celebrate winter; as a reason for neighbors to gather; and as an opportunity for everyone to experience a piece of Ski Town USA® history and tradition.
Plan Your Winter Carnival Vacation
Peruse our suggested itinerary for ideas on how to plan your Winter Carnival vacation with your family and friends. Let us guide you through the Winter Carnival event schedule, as well as experiencing all the winter activities Steamboat has to enjoy!
Schedule of Events
Saturday and Sunday highlight the event with the Winter Carnival Street Events and the Night Show Extravaganza. The Street Events feature local Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club kids being pulled on skis behind horses right down main street in downtown Steamboat. A crowd favorite, the "Donkey Jump", sends kids soaring off a jump for up to 40, or even 50 feet.
The Street Events will also feature the Winter Carnival Rodeo Clown. JW Winklepleck, Rodeo Clown/Barrelman, will energize the crowd at the street events both Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, the Night Extravaganza on Howelsen Hill is lit up with colors as Winter Sports Club athletes flip through the air off the jumps while others descend down the mountain leaving a red glow outlining perfect ski turns. The last down the mountain is always the twinkle light wrapped Lighted Man with roman candles shooting out of his backpack, which makes for a spectacular opening act for the fireworks show to close out the night.
See below for more details on the street events and full event schedule for Winter Carnival.
Winter Carnival Video Playlist
View our Winter Carnival video playlist below for a inside look at the amazing events that take place during the carnival, including an interview with Leif Howelsen, son of Carl Howelsen (founder of the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival), that shows us the history and tradition behind this wonderful event.
A Winter Carnival button is required for entry and spectating at all events. Some events require tickets as well. Please be sure to check the schedule for details.
Purchase a Winter Carnival Button ($10.00) to show your support of the Winter Carnival and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club! Button sales locations are listed below.
All that Jazz
Bud Werner Memorial Library
Steamboat Chamber Visitor Center
City of Steamboat Springs
F.M. Light and Sons
Howelsen Hill Concession Stand
Off the Beaten Path
Orthopaedics of Steamboat, 940 Central Park Drive #280
Paws & Claws
Steamboat Ski and Resort, Information Center in Gondola Square
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Office at Howelsen Hill
Yampa Valley Bank
Yampa Valley Medical Center
Winter Carnival Registration
Registration for the 2015 Street Events will open January 30th at 10am. More Information on Registration for Street Events
Vendors, Volunteers, and Sponsors
Find information in the below links for options on how you or your business can be a part of this unique and traditional Steamboat winter event.