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98th Annual Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival
Publication Date: January 10, 2011
Just two years shy of being a centennial event, the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival returns for its 98th encore, yet the audience never bores to witness and participate in this annually unique celebration of winter sports and western ranchland lifestyle. Steamboat fuses its world-renowned ski culture with its rare and vibrant ranching culture at the carnival, creating an event that is incomparable to any other in the world, in a city that manages to clutch the past in a progressive stride.
Historically, Steamboat Springs was a land for cowboys with vast grazing grounds, which holds true today with the addition of skiing terrain that attracts every thirsty skier eager to sip on the fine snow that bubbles upon the pop of a cork from the clouds above. The Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival is thrown in celebration of the champagne powder unique to Steamboat, the western heritage of the city, the athletic powerhouse the city has become, and the tight knit community that has grown as a ski town birthed from a web of ranch hands.
The events of the carnival largely aim to combine aspects of winter sports with the animal that is as much a member of Steamboat Springs as its human population, the horse. Kids are towed on skis with the impressive power of a horse, and skiers parade down the mountain rigged with enough fireworks to melt the white from a blizzard. For Steamboat, this is the greatest celebration of the winter, which mustn’t be missed this February 2nd-6th.