Steamboat Ski Resort in Colorado just held its 43rd annual Cowboy Downhill. The event takes place at the base of the ski area in Gondola Square. Cowboys will ski down a dual slalom course, go over a jump, lasso a lady, saddle a horse, and cross the finish line. This is the Timed Event. Followed by the Stampede Event, which is a mass start; first cowboy to the bottom wins. All participants must wear chaps and cowboy hats. There are some epic falls in the Stampede Event, especially after the first person falls and then a pile up usually follows.
“Nothing says Steamboat like cowboys on skis! That’s what Billy Kidd, Director of Skiing, and Larry Mahan, six-time All-Around World Champion cowboy, were thinking when they made the decision to invite some of the ProRodeo cowboys up to Steamboat for some serious fun on the slopes. Forty years later the Downhill has evolved into a signature Steamboat event, as over 100 professional rodeo cowboys flock to the ‘Boat for one of the most unique events in the West,” stated Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.