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Cowboys Strap on their Skis for 37th Annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill Event Hot

Cowboy StampedeThe Cowboy Stampede in the 37th Bud Light Cowboy Downhill eventHopping onto the slopes of Steamboat Springs last Tuesday, you may have been convinced there was some sort of “Texan skier” convention with all of the cowboy hat and chaps-wearing skiers for the 37th Annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill event.

We’re talking about X Games for cowboys here.

Steamboat Springs has always been well-known for its ties to cowboys and rodeos. It is very much an ‘Old West’ town in that fashion. But at the same time, it’s a world-class ski resort with some of the best snow in the Rockies. Why not combine the two?

Apparently the director of skiing at Steamboat Springs and a six-time All-Around World champion cowboy thought the same thing almost 40 years ago when they started this. Today, the popular event has evolved into a slalom course and perhaps, a cowboy stampede.

Picture this: participants manage their way down a dual slalom course, hit a jump, lasso a member of the Steamboat Springs staff, saddle a horse and cross the finish line. Needless to say, it can get quite messy. No matter the jovial carnage that piles up, it remains wild and crazy fun for everyone there.

The word stampede alone evokes an image of chaos. The cowboys and cowgirls start off at the same point and head down the mountain. It’s every man, woman and child for themselves. As expected, there are crashes from catching the wrong edge, crossing skis or just getting thrown off the course by the participant next to you.

Not just any cowboy straight out of the rodeo can jump in, though. All contestants have to be members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) or the Professional Bull Riders Association (PBRA).

Friendly competition and winter fun are the true intentions of this annual event. So giddy-up partner--and try not to have a yard sale on the way down!

 

 

Colleen Flynn

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