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107th Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival
February 5 @ 5:30 pm - February 9 @ 5:30 pm
Mark your calendars for February 5th-9th, 2020 for the 107th year of celebrating winter, Steamboat Style! It’s going to be another big year: Steamboat’s local firework guru Tim Borden plans to again launch another 62” shell weighing over one ton and traveling over a mile into the air, with an an adjudicator from the Guinness Book of World Records in attendance to verify the record! Do you want to watch history? Plan to be at the Night Extravaganza on Saturday, February 8th- this world record setting mortar will be the last firework in the event.
This year’s #107WinterCarnival is themed “Light Up The Sky.” a $10 Winter Carnival Button (which will be available at stores around Steamboat) is needed to attend events: this year’s button contest was won by 16-year old Faith Hixson with her hand-painted Howelsen Hill fireworks scene! Congratulations Faith!
When the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival was first established, it was a celebration born out of the residents’ need to forget the hardships of winter, chase away the shorter days, and bring happiness back to a valley plagued by snow. Today, this five-day long carnival no longer represents a need to forget the long winters, it highlights the community-wide acclaim of snow that has earned the town of Steamboat Springs the moniker, Ski Town, USA. Our Winter Carnival events are unique; we cover our main street with snow and tow children on skis and snowboards behind horses, wild with excitement! The kids maneuver around cones, fly off jumps and best each other in friendly sport. Throughout the week, athletes will celebrate our Olympic heritage by soaring off of nordic jumps, practicing spins and aerials onto an airbag, and racing down the slopes of Howelsen Hill. The Winter Carnival Night Extravaganza entertains and amazes nearly 10,000 people in attendance as they watch the famous Lighted Man in his pyrotechnic suit shooting fireworks from his body, skiers jumping through the fiery hoop, and the spectacle of a barrage of fireworks that culminates in the attempted world-record breaking firework!
We are privileged to celebrate our history and heritage in this idyllic mountain town with a world-class Winter Carnival. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the unique heritage and community of the one, the only, Ski Town, USA.
The schedule of events will be updated at wintercarnivalsteamboat.com as we get closer!