ResortQuest Steamboat Springs Welcomes Guest to the 94th Annual Steamboat Winter Carnival

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The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, one of the largest and oldest winter sports clubs in the U.S., hosts the 94th Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival, the oldest continuing Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi February 7-11, 2007. Steamboat Springs accommodations are available through http://www.ResortQuest.com.

For five days every February, the entire town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado will partake in the Annual Steamboat Winter Carnival, the oldest continuing Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi. The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, one of the largest and oldest winter sports clubs in the U.S., will host the Annual Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival for the 94th time, February 7 - 11, 2007. Steamboat Springs accommodations are available through ResortQuest.com

The Winter Carnival started as a way to help Steamboat Springs' locals with cabin fever during the height of the winter season and has continued to this day as a way to celebrate winter, which is such an important part of our daily lives here in the Yampa Valley. Carl Howelsen, often acknowledged as the man who brought the sport of skiing to Colorado, started this tradition in 1914 with cross country skiing races and jumping competitions. In its second year, the town added skijoring competitions where skiers were pulled by horses.

This annual celebration includes a variety of exciting and fun-filled events that embrace Steamboat Springs' western heritage and highlight its tradition of winter sports. The festivities include such events as an outdoor adventure film festival and/or slide show series, ski jumping, dual slalom bicycle race, snowboarding jam session, tubing party, pancake breakfast, soda pop slalom, telemark revival, international muzzleloading biathlon, chariot racing, the diamond hitch parade which includes the Steamboat Springs High School band on skis, street events with horse and rider pulling kids on skis down main street on Saturday and Sunday, and the Night Show Extravaganza with a huge fireworks display and the famous Lighted Man. For information about all of the Steamboat Winter Carnival Events, visit the Steamboat Springs Chamber website at Steamboat-Chamber.com

Registration for the Winter Carnival street events opens on Thursday, February 1st, 2007. All kids interested in participating in this year's street events need to register in advance for the horse events. Registration for the Winter Carnival street events will open at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 1st at the Steamboat Springs Visitor's Center. Registration closes on Thursday, February 8th. You need to register in person for the horse events. Registrations cannot be accepted over the phone. It is recommended that interested participants arrive early as availability fills quickly.

In addition to providing numerous fun-filled activities for locals and visitors alike, Winter Carnival also serves as an annual fundraising opportunity for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Winter Carnival button sales proceeds are the primary source of funds within the event. All spectators and event participants are encouraged to purchase and wear an official Winter Carnival button to show their support of Winter Carnival and of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Buttons can be purchased at the Chamber Resort Association, Winter Sports Club and from the ResortQuest Steamboat concierge for $7.00 each. All proceeds from button sales support the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and its athletes. For more information about the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, visit their website at SSWSC.org

ResortQuest Steamboat Vacation Rentals, one of the Steamboat Winter Carnival Button sellers, offers variety of Steamboat ski resort vacation packages and vacation rental options, including Kids Ski, Rent and Fly Free packages. Guests can book a ski vacation, including lodging, flights, lift tickets, ski rentals, shuttle transfers and all your après ski activities with one toll-free call to (866) 634-9616, or visit the website at ResortQuestSteamboat.com. In Steamboat, ResortQuest luxury vacation rentals are accompanied with premier guest services including Steamboat's only on-call, door-to-door shuttle service, 24-hour front desk service, daily housekeeping and Wine and Cheese Welcome receptions. ResortQuest offers an experienced concierge to attend to our guests' every need. From coordinating pre-arrival grocery delivery, to arranging premium holiday decorating services, to booking extraordinary activities and distinctive Steamboat restaurants.

About ResortQuest

ResortQuest, one of the nation's leading vacation rental and resort real estate companies, provides a one-stop resource in North America's premier resort destinations, ResortQuest.com. ResortQuest is the largest marketer and management company of vacation condominiums and vacation rentals in the U.S. and Canada, based on a portfolio of nearly 17,000 properties, from Outer Banks vacation rentals to Destin condos, with a combined real estate value estimated at approximately $7 billion. ResortQuest Real Estate is one of the nation's leading real estate companies focusing exclusively on resort properties, offering superior brokerage services in the country's premier beach, ski and golf destinations. ResortQuest employs more than 4,000 people and is owned and operated by Gaylord Entertainment Co. (NYSE: GET), one of the largest and fastest growing companies in the hospitality and entertainment industries, based in Nashville, Tenn., that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels and the Grand Ole Opry. For more information, visit ResortQuest.com or GaylordEntertainment.com.

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