This Ski Hi Stampede is Colorado’s oldest Pro Rodeo. Saturday is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” day, where 100% of the profits from t-shirt sales, tops and a portion of the rodeo ticket sales will be donated to the Stephanie L. Miner Women’s Imagining Center and the SLV Regional Medical Center in Alamosa.
The Ski-Hi Stampede, Colorado’s oldest pro rodeo, has roots as deep as the San Luis Valley itself. It began in 1919, but two years were deducted because of World War II when no events were held. The first rodeo was held August 11-13, 1919, and was called the Ski-Hi Stampede. Old newspapers reported that more than 10,000 people assembled to watch the local competition. It has continued for nine decades as an annual event and is an important piece of western history that can still be lived.