Posted on 13 Nov 2017

2017-18 Steamboat Ski Season Event Highlights

The following Steamboat events are ones we call "not to miss." Make sure to check them out if you'll be visiting then.

Cowboy Downhill

Mon. Jan. 15, 2018

1:00 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!

Steamboat Cowboy Downhill

105th Steamboat Winter Carnival

Wed. Feb. 7, 2018 - Sun. Feb. 11, 2018

5:30 PM

Various locations, Steamboat Springs

Celebrate 105 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.

About the Winter Carnival

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.

Full 2018 Schedule >>

Steamboat Winter Carnival

Valentine's Day Torchlight Parade

Wed. Feb. 14, 2018

7:00 PM

Base of Steamboat Ski Area in Gondola Square (TIME IS TBD)

The Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School treats tourists and locals to a spectacular on-snow parade down the mountain lit only by torches for this Valentine's Day event. In conjunction with the torchlight parade, a fireworks display will illuminate the sky providing a perfect ending to the evening. The show is free and great for all ages.


February 23-25, 2018

A new word has entered our vocabulary – blending of the magic of our Winter Wonderland with the inspiration of a world class Blue Grass Music Festival in Steamboat Springs. Come join the fun and sample the music of this family friendly event that includes a Kids Zone and free entry for Kinds 12 and Under. Tickets are on sale now.

Steamboat WinterWondergrass

Steamboat Mardi Gras

Feb 10, 2018

Steamboat Ski & Resort, 2305 Mt. Werner Circle

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler-The good times are definitely ready to roll in Ski Town, U.S.A.® when the Steamboat Mardi Gras Festival comes marching in with free concerts, parades, snow sculpture contests, a Cajun BBQ, 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.



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