Any celebration of winter that’s organized into Horse Events and Non-Horse Events has to be authentic. That’s certainly the case with Steamboat Springs’ annual Winter Carnival (Feb. 3–7), one of the oldest winter carnivals in the U.S. With equine-powered street slaloms, shovel races and skijoring competitions (shown), local ranch horses earn their oats. More modern diversions include the Lighted Man, who skis while wearing a 70-pound fireproof suit that launches 32 Roman candles, 12 skyrockets and more than a few puzzled looks. Town elders started the event in 1914 to help snowbound residents cope with cabin fever. Mission accomplished.
Steamboat Springs’ annual Winter Carnival (Feb. 3–7) is one of the oldest winter carnivals in the U.S.