The 104th Winter Carnival

The Winter Carnival was started in 1914.  Carl Howelsen wanted to show off his ski jumping skills from his native Austria.  He said that if he could raise $50, he would build a jump and show off his skills.  F.M. Light was the first to throw in $5, the ski jump was built and the Winter Carnival was born.  The following year, $200 was raised to build a more permanent jump where Howelsen Hill now sits.  Tom Ross recounts the story here.

If you’ve never been to Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs, it is definitely easier to explain with pictures.

Snowy Lincoln Ave.

Lincoln is closed and snow is trucked in to prepare for the street events.

Horses at Winter Carnival

Local ranchers and their horses play an integral role in Winter Carnival.

Flying High

Kids fly down Lincoln Ave pulled by horse and rope.

and another one goes flying

The Winter Carnival street events are a thrill for local skiers to participate and equally exciting for spectators.


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Street Events at Winter Carnival

Participants ski down blocks of Lincoln Ave pulled by horse.

Shovel Race

Adults can also participate in races and costumes are always encouraged!  John Piret from Yampa Valley Bank rides a shovel pulled by a horse!

Marching band at Winter Carnival

The High School marching band skis down Lincoln Ave to start the Diamond Hitch Parade.