A Time Honored Steamboat Tradition


This year marks the 105th year of Steamboat’s Winter Carnival!

What started in 1914 as a way to relieve stress from long, cold winters, the Winter Carnival has become a can’t miss week filled with a variety of Alpine skiing, Nordic, freestyle, snowboarding and other unique events.

In true Steamboat fashion, this is very much a community event bringing together the entire town. Each year hundreds of locals volunteer their time, talents, and even their horses to take part in the events.

Show Stopping Events:


Thursday, February 8th

Cross-Country Obstacle Race:

5:00pm at Howelsen Hill

S’more Family Fun Party:

6:00-9:00pm at Howelsen Hill

Join F.M Light & Sons in the large tent downtown at Howelsen Hill for a chili and s’more party to celebrate the kickoff of events! There will be plenty of food, dancing with a live DJ, and a fire show by the “Pyroneers”.


Friday, February 9th

Wheels Bike Shop Dual Slalom Bicycle Race:

6:00-8:00pm at Howelsen Hill

This on-snow mountain bike race down the face of Howelsen Hill is a crowd pleaser each year.

Tito’s Mountain Soiree Party:

7:00pm-12:00am at Howelsen Hill

One of the most anticipated parties of the year! Join Steamboat for a night of food, drinks, music and dancing with “Loose Change”, and a bonfire!


Saturday, February 10th

Pancake Breakfast:

8:00-11:00am at Holy Name Catholic Church

A family favorite each year! Head downtown to Holy Name Catholic Church for a free pancake breakfast before a day filled with street events.

Street Events: Lincoln Avenue

9:00am-12:00pm on Lincoln Avenue

Gather on the sidewalks of Lincoln Avenue to watch the highly anticipated street events. Children are pulled on skis and snowboards behind horses to compete in a variety of events!  And be sure to watch the adult shovel race! The children get to have all the fun, but during this race adults ride shovels as they’re pulled behind horses.

Night Extravaganza

7:00pm at Howelsen Hill

This event is the highlight of the entire week and a testament to the talent and daring young athletes in Steamboat. A torch parade followed by the Light Man watch as he makes his way down the mountain while shooting fireworks from his pyrotechnic suit. Nordic and Alpine jumpers soar through fiery hoops and the entire event is followed by one of the biggest firework shows of the season.


Sunday, February 11th

Street Events

9:00am-12:00pm on Lincoln Avenue

Missed Saturday’s street events? Not a problem there’s a whole new day of events to watch on Sunday. Sunday’s street events are followed by the Diamond Hitch Parade where skiers are towed down the street while trying to maintain their diamond formation.


For a full schedule of events or tickets for these events please contact The Porches concierge team.