A Long-Standing Tradition

The Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival is a long-standing tradition in Routt County, and a favorite for locals and visitors alike! The Winter Carnival has been around since 1914, only 39 after Steamboat Springs was founded. The tradition began as an effort to bring the community together during the long winter months here in Routt County. The event served to bring people together, enjoy winter sports, and celebrate our Western heritage. The event is historically held every year in the second week in February no matter what weather conditions are bestowed upon us by “Mother Nature.”

Sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club to assist athletic programs, the Winter Carnival is produced by volunteer efforts. Winter Carnival is quintessential Steamboat – the perfect blend of Western heritage mixed with a love for all things snow. It’s the only event that combines giant snow sculptures, kids skiing with road flares and adults skiing through fiery hoops and a high school band on skis.

What to Expect

The events begin mid-week with opening ceremonies including nordic jumps. As the week continues, check out freestyle skiing and snowboarding, snow sculpture judging, ski jumping, and s’mores! Into the weekend, you will be able to watch awesome events such as slalom, nordic sprints, street events and of course – the night extravaganza. Witness the magic of the carnival with once-in-a-lifetime views of the lighted man, adults on shovels being pulled down Mainstreet behind horses and even skiers jumping through fiery hoops!

We’ll See You At The Winter Carnival!

The Steamboat Springs’ Winter Carnival is one of Steamboat’s most incredible events, and one you won’t want to miss. To learn more about the Winter Carnival, please check here. While in Steamboat, it’s also a great time to check out our renowned restaurants, world-class skiing, and Steamboat’s amazing night life. Lodging goes quickly for Steamboat’s favorite event, so be sure to take a look at our vacation rentals to book now.