I’m A Professional Rodeo Cowboy, But You’ll Never Guess How I Broke My Leg [VIDEO]
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When riding a bull just isn’t enough…
Every January a kooky cowboy tradition takes to the slopes: the annual Cowboy Downhill, a not-so-serious ski competition that takes center stage tomorrow.
The Cowboy Downhill is the brainchild of Billy Kidd, Steamboat’s Director of Skiing, and Larry Mahan, six-time All-Around World Champion cowboy, when 37 years ago they decided to invite a few ProRodeo stars to Steamboat for a day of skiing. Over three and a half decades later, the Bud Light Cowboy Downhill has become one of the most popular and unique ski rodeos in North America.
These professional rodeo cowboys trade their bulls and broncs for skis and snowboards in races at the base of Mt. Werner. Each competitor participates in a dual slalom, where side by side courses test the racers speed, agility and rodeo skills. After racing through gates and surviving a large jump, the cowboys must lasso a tenderfoot, saddle a horse and cross the finish line, in the fastest time.
There are awards given for the best crash too.