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What do you get when you mix Stetsons and skis?

Posted by Kim Filler

A Cowboy Downhill of course.

Listen up partners ditch the helmets, dump the skis and grab your Stetson. This weekend for the 40th year in a row, we’re celebrating our cow town heritage. Condos in Steamboat guests can witness Rodeo champs hanging on with all they’ve got, but there won’t be a bronco in sight.

Forty years ago Olympian and Steamboat’s Director of Skiing Billy Kidd and Larry Mahan, six times All-Around World Champion cowboy had an idea that would turn into one of the mountains most anticipated events. They invited several Pro Rodeo stars to Steamboat for a day of skiing. Fast forward four decades to a weekend that draws over 100 of the best professional rodeo cowboys competing in the quirkiest ski tournament in the country.

It all kicks off on January 19 with a balloon glow at Mountain Village, where six tethered hot air balloons will illuminate the sky. Skiers can take to the slopes from 5.30pm for a run or two of night skiing, followed by live tunes by Georgia based band Banks and Shane at Bear River Bar and Grill.

At 1pm on January 20, cowboys take to the slopes for a one of a kind stampede sponsored by Bud Light. Live music and party fun continues throughout the afternoon. Finish off in true Steamboat style at the Cowboy Downhill Gala, featuring a western BBQ at the top of the mountain with more fantastic tunes by Banks and Shane, starting at 7pm.

The Cowboy Downhill Gala is $85 per person or $75 per person for a group of 10 or more.

Coinciding with the Denver Stock Show, the Cowboy Downhill brings a lot of folks to town. Don’t miss the fun, check out Steamboat’s accommodation and condo deals with us today.


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