111th WINTER CARNIVAL SCHEDULE 2024Explore the exciting events that unfolded during the 2024 Winter Carnival.Event TicketingParticipation in all events requires a $15 Winter Carnival button, serving as both entry and a lift ticket for registered events. This button also grants free skiing access to Howelsen Hill from February 7 to February 11 (physical lift ticket required from the Howelsen Hill ticket office). All events take place at Howelsen Hill unless otherwise specified. A waiver is mandatory for participation in any event.Tuesday, February 6, 202412:00 P.M. OLYMPIC HERITAGE TOUREmbark on the Olympic Heritage Tour with Ben Berend, Tread of Pioneers. Location: Howelsen Hill5:30-6:30 P.M. HISTORY HAPPY HOURJoin “Flying Saucers, or Off Their Rockers? Colorado’s Role in the 1966-1968 Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects” with Megan K. Friedel, Assistant Professor, Lead Archivist & Head of Collections Management & Stewardship at the University of Colorado Boulder. Winter Carnival Button Encouraged! Location: Howelsen HillWednesday, February 7, 20245:30 P.M. OPENING CEREMONIESCelebrate the Winter Carnival Queen, her Court of Attendants, Little Princesses, and the Grand Marshals. Location: Olympian Hall, Howelsen Hill Lodge, Downtown off of 5th Street5:00 - 8:00 P.M. NORDIC EXCAVATING HITCHENS BROTHERS WEDNESDAY NIGHT JUMPCalling kids ages 8-13 for an exciting Nordic jumping experience at Howelsen Hill! SSWSC coaches will guide beginners, ensuring a thrilling adventure. Skis only, no snowboards. Hard-shell over-ear helmets are mandatory. Location: Howelsen HillThursday, February 8, 20242:00-6:00 P.M. AIR BAG JAM SESSIONWatch SSWSC Freestyle, Freeskiing, and Snowboard athletes perform breathtaking tricks into a 50’ airbag! Closed to the public, this event provides exceptional photography opportunities. Location: Howelsen Hill4:00 P.M. SNOW SCULPTURE JUDGINGWander down Lincoln to marvel at hand-carved snow sculptures! Judging takes place from 3 - 4 p.m., with winners announced on Feb 10th! Sculptures, inspired by the theme 'Snowplace Like Home,' will be built on February 10th by high school and community teams. For more info, contact Steamboat Creates at (970) 879-9008 or sylvie@steamboatcreates.org. Location: Lincoln Avenue, Downtown Steamboat Springs4-5:30 P.M. SKI JUMPING JAMBOREE(Ages 4-11, Hill Size Bump & 20, Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th) An enjoyable time for children to try 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 on file with SSWSC to participate.4:30-5:30 P.M. CROSS-COUNTRY OBSTACLE RACEA fun and entertaining noncompetitive obstacle race for Nordic skiers and "wannabe" Nordic skiers. Spectators are welcome. Pre-registration not required, but a release form must be signed or already on file with SSWSC to participate. (Ages 5 -12) Location: Howelsen Hill4-6 P.M. FAMILY DUALS(All Ages, Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th) Join the friendly competition with family fun by racing or bumping down the junior courses on Howelsen Hill Face. Go head to head on the GS-style race course. Pre-registration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already on file with SSWSC to participate.5-6 P.M. POWDERTOOLS MID-WINTER TERRAIN PARK JAM SESSION(Ages 14 and Under, Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th) Open to both skiers and snowboarders, this event at the Howelsen Hill Terrain Park, under the lights, is a public spectacle. Pre-registration is required at 4:00 pm at the terrain park. A liability waiver must be signed or already on file with the SSWSC to participate. Practice runs from 4:30-5 pm, and the Jam Session from 5-6 pm.5-8 P.M. S’MORE FAMILY FUN PARTYPresented by Off the Beaten Path and BookTrails, with food provided by Moving Mountains Families. Join the family-style chili and s’more party during the evening activities at Howelsen Hill, taking place in the big white tent on Vanatta Ballfield. Savor the outside ski activities, then head into the tent for warm chili, a DJ, and dancing! Complete with a bonfire and s’more-making outside! A Winter Carnival button and ticket are required. Food is servedFriday, February 9, 202410:00 A.M. - CHRISTY SPORTS SODA POP SLALOM(Ages 11 and under, Howelsen Hill, magic carpet) Kick off the day with the Christy Sports Soda Pop Slalom – a dynamic race on the magic carpet for all young skiers and snowboarders aged 11 and under. This year, we're introducing BIG KID DUALS on the face from 11 am to 1 pm, ensuring double the excitement! Register now to secure your spot in the fun.4:30-5:30 P.M. - NORDIC JUMPING EXHIBITIONAs the sun begins to set, marvel at the incredible feats of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic Combined and Special Jumping athletes. They'll showcase their skills with breathtaking jumps off various hill sizes at Howelsen Hill.5:00 - 5:30 P.M. - SKI BALLET(Howelsen Hill, Ponyland, the big magic carpet next to the nordic ski jumps) Get ready to groove on the slopes! Ski Ballet, a nod to the groovy '70s and a past Olympic sport, invites participants to perform routines filled with flips, jumps, rolls, spins, and leg crossings. Anything goes in this Winter Carnival competition, but one thing's mandatory – costumes! Competitors, join us at 4:30 pm on February 10 for a pre-competition meeting.6:00 - 7:00 P.M. - AMATEUR SKI JUMPINGUnder the enchanting lights of the historic ski jumps at Howelsen Hill, witness the daring feats of amateur ski jumpers. This event promises prizes, high-flying fun, and an electrifying atmosphere. Register on-site between 5:00 - 5:45 p.m. in the cozy Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. (Ages 15+)6:00 - 8:00 P.M. - JOHNSIE MEMORIAL DUAL SLALOM BICYCLE RACEGear up for an adrenaline-pumping on-snow mountain bike event! While most action unfolds on the poma ride to the course's top, this year's revamped course boasts additional terrain and jumps. Whether you're a rider or spectator, join the excitement. Registration takes place on the night of the event from 5:00-5:30 pm in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. For more details, contact Wheels Bike Shop at 970-819-4805. (Ages 12+) Location: Howelsen Hill7:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M. - TITO'S MOUNTAIN SOIREE(THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Tito’s Mountain Soirée tickets are only available through SSWSC. Tickets cannot be transferred or resold.Saturday, February 10, 20248:00 A.M. - 100-METER NORDIC SPRINTRise and shine for the Steamboat Springs Nordic Council's quest to find the fastest skate skiers in the Boat! Join the 100-meter Nordic Sprint on Lincoln Avenue between 7th and 8th streets before the Street Events. With divisions for males and females, as well as age categories for 13 and over and 12 and under, this free event welcomes all speed enthusiasts. Register at the Steamboat Touring Center, 970-879-8180. Check in at 7:30 a.m. at 7th Street Location: Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Avenue9:00 A.M. - NOON - STREET EVENTSBrace yourself for a morning filled with thrilling street entertainment. Children on skis and snowboards will be towed behind horses along snow-covered Lincoln Avenue. The races include street slalom, ski joring, ring and spear, donkey jump, and the famous adult shovel race. Horse events are tailored for children aged 6-14, while non-horse events cater to ages 1-14. Pre-registration is required. Location: Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Avenue.1:00 P.M. - PRO ALPINE SKI JUMPING QUALIFICATIONSWitness the must-see ski jumping spectacle as participants launch off the HS127 "Big Hill" on alpine skis and boots. This event, with a $100 entry fee, promises high-flying action and an electrifying atmosphere. Location: Howelsen Hill6:45 - 7:15 P.M. - SSWSC ATHLETE EXHIBITIONAs the sun sets behind Howelsen Hill, be captivated by the skills of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes. Location: Howelsen Hill7:30 P.M. - NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZAPRESENTED BY YAMPA VALLEY BANK - Athlete Lighting Provider: Yampa Valley Electric Association. Join us for an unmissable evening of entertainment at historic Howelsen Hill! Thousands of spectators gather for a spectacular light display, featuring local athletes showcasing their prowess in the dark, lit by flares and LED lights. The Lighted Man will ski down Howelsen Hill, shooting fireworks from his pyrotechnic suit, and jumpers will soar through a fiery hoop off the nordic jumps. End the night with a stunning fireworks show! Spectators, don't forget your Winter Carnival button! Location: Howelsen HillSunday, February 11, 20248:00 A.M. - 100-METER NORDIC SPRINTStart your Sunday on a high note with the Steamboat Springs Nordic Council's quest to find the speed demons of the Boat! Join the exhilarating 100-meter Nordic Sprint on Lincoln Avenue between 7th and 8th streets. With divisions for males and females, as well as age categories for 13 and over and 12 and under, this free event promises a thrilling race. Register your interest at the Steamboat Touring Center, 970-879-8180. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. at 7th Street. Location: Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Avenue9:00 -11 A.M. - STREET EVENTSImmerse yourself in a captivating show featuring children on skis and snowboards being towed behind horses along the snow-covered Lincoln Avenue. Street slalom, ski joring, ring and spear, donkey jump, and the famous adult shovel race will keep you entertained. Horse events cater to children ages 6-14, while non-horse events are open for ages 1-14. Pre-registration is required starting February 2nd. Location: Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Avenue.9:00 -11 A.M. - Cocoa CoralJoin the Garner Group at eXp Realty at the Cocoa Coral for complimentary hot chocolate.  Located at 928 Lincoln Ave, in the heart of the street events.  10:30 A.M. (APPROXIMATELY) - DIAMOND HITCH PARADE (AFTER STREET EVENTS)Experience the enchanting Diamond Hitch Parade, where at least four skiers hold onto points of a rope tied in the shape of diamonds. Animals, people, or vehicles may pull the skiers down the snow-filled street. Everyone is welcome to join the parade, but pre-registration is required and opens on December 15th. Location: Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln AvenueWHY SHOULD I PURCHASE A BUTTON OR BUFF?Support the Winter Carnival and the athletes of the SSWSC by purchasing a button or buff. Funds from sales contribute to hosting the event. Additionally, wearing your button or buff grants you FREE SKIING at Howelsen Hill from February 7 to February 11! (Remember to obtain your lift ticket at the ticket office.)