Friday, February 10, 2012

Winter Carnival Begins

Every year residents and visitors alike look forward to the Steamboat Springs annual mid-winter Winter Carnival celebration. With its beginnings in the early 20th century, ski events have always taken center stage. Carl Howelsen, a Norwegian, organized the first Winter Carnival with a ski jumping competition.

In later years, a variety of ski events and games were added. Included in those are the exciting skijoring events which take place on Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat's main thoroughfare. Each weekend morning, snow is imported from stashes the city collects during the winter. After the events take place, it is removed. This year, due to the drought, man-made snow is being prepared to lay down for the events.

For an interesting look into skijoring, go to: http://www.equisearch.com/trail_riding/slide-into-skijoring/

For more information on the Steamboat Winter Carnival, go to: http://www.steamboat-chamber.com/info/events/sbcccalendarevent.winter.carnival.item.asp

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