One of the more entertaining events of the National Western Stock Show started some 40 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 rodeo stars to Steamboat Springs for a day of skiing. The cowboys had so much fun that they decided to make it an annual event. The Cowboy Downhill has rapidly grown to become one of the more popular events of the season with over 100 of the best professional rodeo cowboys competing in the most unique ski rodeo in the country.
The Cowboy Downhill is always scheduled to coincide with the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Cowboys competing in the downhill must be entered in the Stock Show and also be a member of the Professional Cowboys Rodeo Association.
Moore also was instrumental in adding an additional component to the annual event by inviting several cowboys and cowgirls with spinal chord injuries to participate including well known barrel racer Amberly Snyder. Snyder competed several years in the Cowboy Downhill and keeps coming back for more. Video courtesy of Jed Moore.