Wranglers take to the slopes

— Spectators wanting a good laugh can stand on Headwall at the Steamboat Ski Area Tuesday to watch some cowboys strap on skis or a snowboard for the very first time.

It's a day of laughs, hopefully no injuries and a lot of Bud Light in order for the cowboys not to feel any pain from their falls.

To participate in the Cowboy Downhill, members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association had to have entered the Denver Stock Show rodeo.

Cowboys will ski or snowboard down Headwall on a dual slalom course, go off a jump, lasso a woman, saddle a horse and cross the finish line.

The Stampede event gathers all the cowboys at the top of Headwall for a mass start and whoever crosses the finish line at the bottom first wins.

And if that wasn't party enough, cowboys and the public are invited to a post Cowboy Downhill party at the Bear River Bar & Grill in Gondola Square.

In fact, beginning today, promotion parties for the Cowboy Downhill start at the Bear River for apres ski and night promotions at area bars to put the word out to get more spectators on Headwall.

And throughout the event, booths will be set up in Gondola Square, at the Bud Light tents and at the Bear River providing the public with music, food, refreshments, Routt County Woolens, learn to rope clinics, souvenirs and a cowboy autograph signing.

The Cowboy Downhill started in 1974 when Billy Kidd, Steamboat's director of skiing and Olympic medalist, and Larry Mahan, six-time All-Around World Champion cowboy, decided it would be fun to invite the pro rodeo stars up to Steamboat for a day of skiing.

With Steamboat being a popular destination for cowboys and rodeo lovers in the summertime, it's just as popular to grab some freshies in the winter.

Every year the Bud Light Cowboy Downhill makes a donation to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund that provides financial support for cowboys and cowgirls with catastrophic injuries sustained while competing.

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