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Combining Steamboat’s Western heritage and love of skiing into a week-long event

 A Steamboat tradition for over 100 years, the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival brings the community together for thrilling events that pay homage to our unique history.

Nowhere in the world will you find an event quite like this, and that is in large part because there is nowhere quite like Steamboat. It’s no wonder our Winter Carnival was listed as one of the Top Ten Winter Carnivals in the World by National Geographic. This year is even more special as our resident firework builder, Tim Borden, launches the largest firework ever in North America, weighing in at 2,400 pounds!

The Winter Carnival draws some big crowds and that’s where The Porches shuttle comes in handy. Our drivers will pick you and your family up from your Porches home and take you to each and every event. Sara, our concierge, has the inside scoop on all the events and will help you navigate your Winter Carnival experience to ensure you have a wonderful time and see all the highlights.  

Events begin on February 6th and continue through the 10th, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorite events below.

S’more Family Fun Party

February 7th

An evening packed with fun features, a ski jumping jamboree, terrain park jam session, and parent-child races. Followed by a family style chili dinner and s’more party in the tent down at Howelsen Hill.

Tito’s Mountain Soiree

February 8th

Celebrate the 106th Winter Carnival at an 80’s themed dance party. Tickets for this include food, drinks, and a live performance by the 6 Million Dollar Band. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance as they sell out every year.

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast

February 9th

Join the Knights of Columbus for a hearty pancake breakfast before a day filled with activities. Everyone is welcome to attend and while not necessary, donations are greatly appreciated.

Street Events

February 9th and 10th

Easily the most popular event of the entire week are the street events that take place on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 12pm. Children being pulled on skis behind horses, a donkey jump race, adults riding shovels behind horses, and so much more. This event truly brings together Steamboat’s ranching and ski history in events like nothing you’ve ever seen.

Night Extravaganza

February 9th

A must-see event, the Night Extravaganza draws huge crowds, and for good reason. This evening event features winter sports club athletes in LED suits, jumping through flaming hoops, and the famous ‘Lighted Man’. Followed by the biggest firework event of the season and the largest firework to ever be lit ­in North America!

Diamond Hitch Parade

February 10th

Local organizations and businesses come together to create various floats. The catch… participates are towed behind their float on a rope while skiing or snowboarding.

For more information or tickets for these events please contact The Porches concierge.