Winter Carnival – Snow Sculptures are back with renewed energy and creative leadership

The 104th year of the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival brings new partnerships and new energy to the beloved Snow Sculpture installations on Lincoln Avenue. 

Hosted and founded by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (, the Winter Carnival is a community wide tradition celebrating all things winter. It is a wonderful example of how our community is united around Steamboat’s unique heritage and enthusiasm for snow.

The Snow Sculpture component of Winter Carnival is where the art and athletics connect. This will be the first year that the Steamboat Springs Arts Council coordinates the snow sculpture events and competition. Working in partnership with the Steamboat Springs High School, Mainstreet Steamboat, Winter Sports Club and the City of Steamboat we hope to bring vibrant creative spirit to this beloved part of Winter Carnival. 

New this year:

Sculpting is open to the community – that's right, it’s not just for the kids anymore. Although school teams are definitely included in the snow sculpting competition, in 2017 the applications will be opened up to the entire community. Whether you are a community organization or a business or a group of friends (teams of 5), you will have a chance to submit your application to be chosen for a sculpture in the 104th annual Winter Carnival.  Applications are due on January 30th.

Applications can be downloaded here.

The esteemed Visual Arts Committee of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and Winter Carnival partners will choose the winning designs. Winning designs will be based on originality, feasibility and incorporation of the 2017 Winter Sports Club theme ‘Take Me to the Mountain’. High school teams are eligible for cash scholarship prizes. Community sculptures will be awarded a best of show ribbons by Winter Carnival royalty. Winners will be announced at the annual Street games. 

Workshops to learn about sculpting snow – thanks to generous private donations, 3 FREE workshops will be offered to the community taught by acclaimed local sculptor Sandy Graves ( Sculpting 101 – January 12th at 6pm at the Depot Art Center Gallery will teach the basics of design, use of materials, preferred tools and more. Advanced Sculpting - January 26th at 6pm at the Depot Art Center Gallery bring your design to life with hands-on sculpting of foam forms. Test your design and learn about reductive sculpting techniques. Snow Play Workshop – February 2nd will be learning and playing in the snow with small block forms at Workman Park at 12 noon and 5pm. Submit your design to or in person at the Depot Art Center for consideration by January 30th

Scholarship to High School teams – there will be a set number of entries guaranteed for Routt County High School teams including Steamboat Springs, Hayden, South Routt, Steamboat Mountain School and Yampa Valley School. Teams of 5 will need to compete on the application design in order to win a chance to compete for the scholarship prizes totalling $5000. 

Want to Volunteer to help make this great event happen?

Email Sabrina, or call 970-879-9008


Kim Keith, Executive Director  - Steamboat Springs Arts Council, 970-879-9008

Lisa Popovich, Executive Director – Mainstreet Steamboat, 970-367-7060

a champion of preserving historic assets and promoting downtown business

Rory Clow, Director of Marketing - Winter Sports Club, 970-879-0695

Sandy Graves, Sculptor - Sandy Graves Art,  970-846 9994

Candice Bannister, Executive Director – Tread of Pioneers Museum, 970-879-2214

a comprehensive resource for the history of Winter Carnival with authentic memorabilia on display