2022 Winter Carnival Schedule of Events
February 9-13, 2022
Road Closures on Lincoln Avenue – February 9, 12 & 13, 2022
Beginning at 10 a.m. on Wed, Feb. 9, a rolling closure will occur on Lincoln Ave around the Routt County Courthouse as city crews and contractors haul and set up snow sculpture frames. The rolling closure is expected to last until about 2 p.m. City crews make the snow specifically for the winter carnival including the snow blocks for the sculptures. Delays should be expected if traveling this route.
Early Saturday morning, Feb.12 at 2 a.m., city crews will close Lincoln from 5th to 11th Streets and move roughly 2,500 yards of snow into place for the street events. During the closure, traffic will detour along Oak Street. At the conclusion of the street events, crews will plow the snow to the parking lanes and reopen Lincoln Ave.
The Sunday morning Lincoln closure takes effect at 4 a.m. with detours again onto Oak Street. In addition, Yampa Street will be closed Sunday morning for parade staging. With the Diamond Hitch Parade taking place after the street events, these closures will remain in effect until around 2 pm. At the conclusion of the parade, city crews will push snow to the side of Lincoln for removal early Monday morning when the last closure goes into place at 2 a.m.
SST Service – February 12 & 13, 2022
SST will operate additional service during the street events and Night Extravaganza on Saturday, February 12 and during the day on Sunday, February 13. Extra unscheduled buses will run during the day on Saturday as well as that night to transport people to and from the evening festivities. MASK REQUIRED TO RIDE THE FREE BUS.
While Lincoln Avenue is closed, buses will use the Oak Street detour. Temporary bus stops along Oak Street will be located at 5th, 7th, and 9th Streets. The Yellow Zone is available through the app. Once Lincoln reopens, buses will return to their normal routes. On both Saturday and Sunday nights, the last buses will operate:
- From the Stockbridge toward the Mountain: 11:30 p.m.
- From the Gondola Transit Center toward the Condominiums: 11:50 p.m.
- From the Gondola Transit Center toward Downtown: 12:17 a.m.
- From Downtown toward the west: 12:29 a.m. (3rd Street)
From your smartphone, find out when the next bus is expected to arrive with the SST app available on iPhones and Androids. Download RouteShout 2.0 from the app store, so you never miss the bus. View buses in real-time via steamboatsprings.net/sst. Schedule information, bus stop locations, and times can be obtained at steamboatsprings.net/transit or 970.879.3717.
- Howelsen Hill Traffic and Parking – Night Extravaganza, February 12Howelsen Hill base area parking typically fills to capacity early for the Night Extravaganza and overflow parking will be available at the rodeo grounds as space permits. ADA parking is limited at the Howelsen Lodge and some ADA spaces will be set up at the tennis courts. Parking is not permitted along Howelsen Parkway or River Road and illegally parked vehicles will be towed.
Once the Howelsen parking lots are full, Howelsen Parkway will be CLOSED to incoming traffic except for ADA access and emergency vehicles. At that time, traffic may be diverted into the Rodeo Arena featuring a drop-off area as well as additional parking. Vehicles will exit the rodeo grounds via the Ice Complex. All traffic crossing the 5th Street Bridge toward Howelsen Hill will be required to take River Road instead of returning to downtown.
After the fireworks, all vehicles departing Howelsen Hill will be directed down River Road to where it intersects with Mt. Werner Road. The 5th Street Bridge will have intermittent closures and Howelsen Parkway will be closed westbound between the Ice Complex and the 5th Street Bridge. There will be no left turns permitted out of the Howelsen Ice Complex parking lot. Motorists are asked to follow traffic directions and signals, yield to city buses and refrain from blocking intersections.
Due to the high volume of spectators, please be patient, alert, and follow police directions. Designated routes, which may not be your preferred way home, will be used to aid in maintaining traffic flow and egress from the venue during this popular event. It is the city’s goal to get everyone on their way quickly and safely. It’s recommended that you bring a headlamp, flashlight and glow sticks to be visible by motorists.
Additional parking is available throughout the downtown area, at the Steamboat Springs High School and the Stockbridge Transit Center. Please respect residential access and do not block driveways. It is highly recommended that people walk, take the free SST bus or utilize drop off/pick up locations at the west end of Yampa and Oak Streets to access the venue.