Cardboard Classic

Start Date:
April 11, 2020
End Date:
April 11, 2020
The Cardboard Classic, Steamboat's traditional rite of spring, returns to the Steamboat Ski Area for the 40th year. This wild and hilarious race features homemade cardboard crafts, constructed only from cardboard, glue, string, water-based paint, duct tape, masking tape, balloons and other decorations, racing down Stampede to a hysterical finish. The unique and creative crafts make it an event looked forward to each year.
10:00 - 11:00am: Registration & Check In (Participants must check in at the Coca-Cola Tent in Gondola Square or their spot will be released.)
11:00 - 11:30am: Cardboard D'Elegance/Judging
11:30am: 17 & under race begins followed by 18+ race
Award ceremony will follow the end of race
Crafts will be judged during the Cardboard D'Elegance from 11:00 - 11:30am. Awards will be presented for best representation of the following categories:
Coca-Cola Classic
Most Creative
Best Individual Craft
Best Reproduction
Judge's Choice
Best Costumes
Crowd Favorite
Best Engineering
• Only items allowed for the cardboard crafts include: glue, string, cardboard, water-based paint, duct tape, masking tape, packing tape, balloons and other decorations.
•No more than 6 people per craft.
•No children under 5 years of age allowed in crafts.
•No pets allowed in crafts.
•An adult must accompany children 5-10 years old.
•Parents/or guardians must sign release forms for children 17 and under.
•All event participants must have their bib/credential in order to participate.
•No alcoholic beverages within the race arena – disqualification will be immediate.
17 and under competition starts at 11:30am followed by 18+ competition. Participants will compete on a first come, first serve basis.
•Weight equals speed.
•There are different types of cardboard – the kind with plastic coating on the outside tends to slide better and not get soggy as quickly.
•Sled-shaped crafts (long and narrow) tend to pick up the most momentum.
•Duct tape can be used on the bottom of your craft to reduce friction with the snow and increase momentum down the hill.
•Remember weight distribution matters – the heaviest part of the craft (where the people are seated) will automatically want to slide down first. This means that rear-weighted vessels tend to rotate 180 degrees once in motion, sending the craft down the slope backwards.
•Adding rudders to the bottom of your craft can increase your speed by reducing the overall surface friction with the snow.
Online event registration begins April 1 and check-in is on April 11, 2020 at the Coca-Cola tent in Gondola Square from 10:00 – 11:00am. Once you have signed waivers, you will receive your craft number. Participants 17 and under will need to have a parent or guardian sign their waiver form.
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