Grand County Winter Sports Carnival announces schedule, December 30 to February 11 Six-Week Celebration Marks 100th Anniversary of the first Winter Carnival in the Western United States

Granby, Colorado (NYSE) 1 November 2011

Winter Sports Carnival, the Grand Place in the Mountains of Grand County 30th December will take place by 11 February.

The festival marks the 100th Anniversary of the first Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi. Celebrated the six weeks, from the Grand County Historical Association presents, will focus on all aspects of historical and modern winter sports, celebrating the outstanding role of the Grand County in the heritage of Colorado skiing. Events of ski jumping and skijoring, snowshoe softball tournament and the Grand Ball Snow is in Winter Park, take Fraser, Grand Lake, Granby, Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs and the mountains, valleys and lakes in Grand County.

Winter Carnival Events

December 30 (Hot Sulphur Springs), together with fixed opening ceremony, the opening of the outdoor skating rink, historic sites, tours, and food and fun, the corona-to-Hot Sulphur Springs Reenactment Trek is re-created the original 44 – miles cross-country ski trail travel by Carl Howelsen and Angell Schmidt in 1911. Fireworks will conclude the evening.

December 31 (Hot Sulphur Springs) Rail Jam demonstrations exhibition of ice sculptures, ice skating races and games for children


January 21 to 22 (Winter Park) Winter Park and Mary Jane’s Birthday Bash Snow

January 27 to 29 (Granby) Three Lakes Ice Fishing Tournament

February 4 (Grand Lake, Fraser) Grand Lake Winter Carnival, Grand Park sled dog races

February 11 (Hot Sulphur Springs, Granby) The Button celebrates Grand County Parade Hall of Fame Horace button. Other events include a three-legged ski races, a Coulter-to-Hot Sulphur Springs ski race imitation of the original mail route and the Grand County Town challenge Snowshoe Softball Tournament. Snow Ball is the Grand finale of the evening in Granby.

December 31 to February 11 ongoing events include: Skijoring clinics with dogs (Tabernash), a ski film festival in libraries throughout Grand County, the Pioneer Museum Winter Carnival Show (Hot Sulphur Springs), the Kauffman House Ski Exhibition (Grand Lake), and the Cozens Ranch Museum Ski History Exhibition (Fraser).

details of all events can be found under


The Grand County in 1911, was a necessary means of transport and not skiing as a sport or leisure activity. Postmen, lumberjacks and other uses Norwegian snow shoes for their work in long, snowy winters do. Gradually the people began to adapt snowshoes and skis to the slopes run down to the fun. In large part on the work of the Norwegian Carl Howelsen, Grand County was one of the first areas to adopt the sport in Colorado skiing.

In December 1911

Hot Sulphur Springs hosted the oldest town in Grand County, Colorado’s first winter carnival, which historians consider the birth of the ski industry in the American West. The original carnival featured skating, togogganing, cross-country skiing and ski jumping sport completely newly invested with a jump Howelson exhibition. The enthusiasm for the event spurred the organizers of the first annual Hot Sulphur Springs Winter Carnival host six weeks later, in February 1912.

Grand County, Colorado

The hotel is located 67 miles west of Denver, Grand County is home ranges, breathtaking mountain scenery and authentic Old West towns. Outdoor recreational activities such as golf, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting and horseback riding.

The area has more than 600 miles of mapped and marked trails, a national park, two national forests, two wilderness areas, two national scenic byways, two major ski resorts, five world-class dude ranches and four mountain golf courses. Grand County’s overall water network includes Colorado’s largest natural lake, 1,000 miles of streams, 1,000 acres of high mountain lakes, reservoirs and 11,000 acres.


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