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Grand Winter Sports Carnival - Where it all began! banner

Right here in Hot Sulphur Springs at the December,
1911 Winter Carnival


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Winter Park Resort
Title Sponsor of the Winter Carnival - Click here for a complete sponsor list

Hot Sulphur Springs Ice Sculpture - 2011

Hot Sulphur Springs
Ice Sculpture at Winter Carnival (2012-2013)

Hot Sulphur Springs Ski Club Patch

Hot Sulphur Springs
Ski Club

(Presumed to be local Hot Sulphur ski legend Horace Button on the patch)

Sky-Hi Daily News, Grand Winter Sports Carnival insert

For a copy of the Sky-Hi Daily News winter carnival insert, please click here

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Opening Schedule
For a copy of the Friday & Saturday, December 30 & 31, 2011 weekend schedule, please click here.

Closing Day Schedule
or a copy of the Saturday, February 11, 2012 schedule, please click here.


Grand Winter Sports Carnival

Grand Winter Sports Carnival Centennial Poster - 2011-12

Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado held the first Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi River in December, 1911. This is considered to be the beginning of the ski industry in Colorado. The original carnival featured ice skating, tobogganing, cross country skiing, and a ski jump exhibition by Carl Howelson. The enthusiasm surrounding this event led its organizers to hold the 1st Annual Hot Sulphur Springs Winter Carnival six weeks later in February, 1912. Colorado's ski legacy was born and this is "Where It All Began."  The Grand Winter Sports Carnival celebrates the prominent role of Grand County in the heritage of skiing.

The 100 events of the Grand Winter Sports Carnival ocurred throughout Grand County from Friday, December 30, 2011 to Saturday, February 11, 2012.  More information may be found about this event at the winter carnival website by clicking here.

A big thank you to the Grand Winter Sports Carnival Standing Committee along with the many, many other businesses, towns, chambers and volunteers for all of the long hours and work to make this event an outstanding success.

Grand Winter Sports Carnival Chairpersons:
Tim Nicklas, Director, Grand County Historical Association (GCHA)
Dan Nolan, Trustee, Town of Hot Sulphur Springs

Other Standing Committee Members:
Reid Armstrong, USDA Forest Service
Ward Briggs
Dede Fay, Grand County Tourism Board
Kristi Martens, GCHA Cozens Ranch Museum
Mike Turner, Grand County Television, TV18

Grand Winter Sports Carnival Media

Sky-Hi Daily News Grand Winter Sports Carnival articlesSky-Hi Daily News, one of the Grand Winter Sports Carnival's Media Sponsors, has printed several articles about the winter carnival including those listed below. Click on the logo to the right to go to the search results page for "Grand Winter Sports Carnival" on their web site or click on the individual links below for those listed stories.

"YMCA race rescheduled, Carnival trek a success" by Diana Lynn Rau, Friday, January 6, 2012

"Winter Sports Carnival Under Way" by Diana Lynn Rau", Friday, December 30, 2011

"John Peyer; Colorado's first winter sports carnival founder" by Donald Dailey, Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"Winter Sports Carnival kicks off Dec 30" by Diana Lynn Rau, Tuesday, December 27, 2011

"Postal Service issues special postmark commemorating Grand Winter Sports Carnival", Saturday, December 24, 2011

"Nordic skiers can participate in Grand County's Winter Carnival" by Diana Lynn Rau, Monday, December 12, 2011

"Where it all began: Grand County carnival will celebrate roots of recreational skiing" by Tim Nicklas, October 30, 2011

Grand Winter Sports Carnival Fireworks

Click here for a link to a 30-second YouTube high-definition video clip of the fireworks display that took place during opening ceremonies in Hot Sulphur Springs on December 30, 2011.

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Click here for a link to a February 29, 2012 interview with Tim Nicklas on Colorado Public Radio's Colorado Matters with Ryan Warner.  Click on the 'Listen' link just above the photograph of Carl Howelson ski jumping in Hot Sulphur Springs, when you get to the CPR web page.

GrandCountyTV18 produced Grand Winter Sports Carnival videos
GrandCountyTV18 owner and Grand Winter Sports Carnival steering committee member Mike Turner produced five different markeing videos for the winter carnival that may be viewed as YouTube videos by clicking here.

Grand Winter Sports Carnival Slideshow

One year ago from Friday, December 30, 2011 through Saturday, February 11, 2012, Grand County, Colorado celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first winter carnival held west of the Mississippi River right here in Hot Sulphur Springs.  Below are a dozen of the many photographs taken during the 100 events of this Grand County Historical Association presented celebration.  For more information about this exciting winter carnival, please go to our Grand Winter Sports Carnival web page or click here.

Winter Carnival Cancellation Stamp

Grand Wintekr Sports Carnival Cancellation Stamp - Hot Sulphur Springs
For the entire 100 day period of the Grand Winter Sports Carnival, the Hot Sulphur Springs U.S. Post Office stamped all first class mail brought to the counter with this commemorative cancellation stamp.  Thank you to Don Dailey for setting up this winter carnival event and thank you to our local post office staff Kris and Anne for all of their stamping.  Click on the stamp itself for a larger image.

First in Winter Carnivals

Hot Sulphur Springs "First in Winter Carnivals" signage

As part of the Grand Winter Sports Carnival 100th anniversary activities, local Hot Sulphur 5th-generation resident Don Dailey petitioned the Colorado Department of Transportation to create commemorative signage, as shown here.  Signs have been placed at both east and west entrances to Hot Sulphur Springs on U.S. 40.