45th Annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill

January 16, 2023

Mark your calendars for the 48th annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill event. It all began 48 years ago when Billy Kidd, Steamboat’s director of skiing, and Larry Mahan, six-time all-around World Champion cowboy, decided to invite a few of the Pro Rodeo stars to Steamboat for a day of skiing. The cowboys had such a great time that the downhill has become the most popular event of the season with over 100 of the best professional rodeo cowboys competing in the most unique ski rodeo in the country.

When the race kicks off at 1pm Cowboys & Cowgirls will ski down a dual slalom course, go over a jump, lasso a person, saddle a horse, and cross the finish line. The dual slalom is followed by the Stampede Event, which is a mass start; first cowboy/cowgirl to the bottom wins.

See below for full schedule of events and participant information.


11:00AM - 1:00PM: Festivities for the 48th Annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill include a western celebration in Gondola Square featuring: 4H farm animals, food and refreshments at Timber & Torch Grill, a learn-to-rope clinic, appearances by the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, as well as commemorative Bud Light Cowboy Downhill logo wear and souvenirs.

1:00PM: 48th Annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill – Timed Dual Slalom followed by the Stampede event.

2:30PM (approximately): Free Bud Light Concert– Immediately Following the stampede join us in Steamboat Square for a Free Bud Light Concert Featuring Woodie Procell and the Snowy River Band.

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