Wednesday, February 05, 2014
If you're in Steamboat tonight, you'll be around for the opening ceremonies of Steamboat Springs' 101st annual Winter Carnival. Events kick off with the crowning of the Winter Carnival Queen and her court at 5:30 p.m. at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill Lodge, located downtown off of 5th Street. Afterward on Howelsen Hill from 6-8 p.m., you can watch locals ski jump at the Speed and Night Flight Ski Jumping Event. Howelsen Hill, which opened in 1915, is known as the oldest continuously operating ski area in Colorado and has the largest and most complete natural ski-jumping complex in North America. It is also credited with helping produce more than 70 Olympians in both Nordic and Alpine events. As we run up to Sochi, where women will compete in ski jumping for the first time, come get a taste of Steamboat's Olympic heritage. The Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce has additional Winter Carnival details on its website.