Steamboat Springs, CO Event Calendar

November 2016

November 23
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Scholarship Day

Scholarship Day marks the first day of the season with revenues from the day’s specially priced ticket benefiting the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Scholarship Fund. Scholarship Day has raised nearly $850,000 since 1991/92. This fund provides financial support for deserving local children participating in Club programs. In fact, the Club is one of the oldest and most recognized ski clubs in the United States and has been named three times as the United States Ski & Snowboard Association’s Club of the Year.

November 25
Light Up The Night
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
County Court House Lawn, Steamboat Springs

Join your friends and neighbors downtown at the Courthouse for the annual lighting of the community trees. Visit with Santa, sign up to win Downtown Dollars.Sing holiday songs, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. This year there are more lights in more trees, compliments of Christmas Decor.

December 2016

December 10-11
Steamboat Nordic Camp
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Lake Catamount, 30065 Waters Edge Drive

Join The Nordic Link and Ski Haus for this cross-country clinic offering great skiing and coaching. All levels are welcome and 1 or 2 day options are available. There will be top notch coaching staff and 2016/2017 demo equipment available. Whether your goal is simply to learn to cross-country ski or to improve your race results in a competitive environment, this camp is for you. More info can be found here.

December 13
Moonlight Snowshoe
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Pkwy

Yampatika invities you to join them to snowshoe by the light of the full moon and explore the beauty and history of Emerald Mountain, and Howelsen Hill. This tour is for ages 12 and up. Cost is $20 and price includes snowshoes and lift ticket. Registration is required. Please call (970) 871-9151 to register.

December 16-17
Mascot Stampede
5:30 PM
Base of Steamboat Ski Area in Gondola Square

Head over to the Steamboat Ski & Resort and watch college mascots from around the country enjoy a friendly competition and rivalry. Gondola Square will be center stage for the action, so come cheer on your favorite mascot. Festivities begin Friday night as the Stampede™ kicks-off with the Mascot Parade and the Mascot Wrangler Tube Slide Race. The games continue on Saturday afternoon with more fun and follies.

December 19-21
Holiday Classic Race
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Parkway

Come watch Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes as they compete in the Holiday Classic FIS Slalom Races with some of the best athletes from across the country. Please visit the Winter Sports Club website for more info here.

December 22
Holiday Concert
7:00 PM
Strings Music Pavillion, 900 Strings Road

Multi Grammy Award-winning Riders in the Sky presents “Christmas the Cowboy Way”, a festive mix of western music classics, traditional Christmas music and Riders’ original yuletide carols in a holiday spectacular delight “Saddle Pals”, great for all ages. Join Strings for the start of our 30th anniversary celebration.

January 2017

January 5-10
MusicFest
Daily at 9:00 AM

Does it really get any better than the MusicFest? In its 32nd year, this festival continues to draw thousands of people who love skiing and music. Six days, 8 bands and 40 live performances featuring Texas and Americana music at the Steamboat Ski & Resort is a vacation you’re sure to remember. Register today, this festival books up fast! Band lineup and more details are available here.

January 16
43rd Annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill
12:00 PM
Base of Steamboat Ski Area in Gondola Square

Nothing says Steamboat like cowboys on skis! That’s what Billy Kidd, Director of Skiing, and Larry Mahan, six-time All-Around World Champion cowboy, were thinking when they made the decision to invite some of the ProRodeo cowboys up to Steamboat for some serious fun on the slopes. Forty years later the Downhill has evolved into a signature Steamboat event, as over 100 professional rodeo cowboys flock to the ‘Boat for one of the most unique events in the West!

February 2017

February 8-12
Winter Carnival
5:30 PM
Various locations, Steamboat Springs
Celebrate 103 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

More info available here.

February 23-26
WinterWonderGrass Festival
8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Steamboat Ski Resort

The Winter WonderGrass Festival brings together authentic bluegrass music and Colorado craft beer for one of the best music festivals of the season. The festival features over 20 Colorado craft breweries and more than 25 bands during this four day event.

This year’s festival headliners include Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, the Sam Bush band, and Colorado favorites, Elephant Revival.

The festival is a community and family-friendly event featuring a colorful kids zone with face painting, hula hooping and crafts while parents can enjoy libations and enjoy live music until the sun sets. Children under 12 are free and seniors over 75 are also free. More details are here.

February 23-28
Mardi Gras
5:30 PM
Steamboat Ski Area

The good times are definitely ready to roll in Ski Town, U.S.A.® when the Steamboat Mardi Gras Festival comes marching in, February 23 – 28, with free concerts, parades, a Cajun BBQ and Mardi Gras party and more. The festival culminates on Fat Tuesday with an all-day celebration featuring a snow sculpture contest at the chairlifts, restaurant specials, and plenty of beads to go around.

March 2017