Combine record snow fall and warmer temperatures and 2015 is shaping up to be a great spring skiing season!
Colorado ski resorts spring festivities have just begun. From now until the end of ski season, there will be fun activities and events as well as free concerts going on every weekend. Check the list below for what’s planned at your favorite Colorado ski resort.
Colorado Ski Resorts
9th Annual Fire Hose Relay – February 27
Fire departments from across Colorado team up to participate in a unique slalom-style event benefiting the Burn Camps Program at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Teams of five firefighters race down a 15-gate slalom course while holding on to 50 feet of fire hose. All participants dress in their bunker jacket and fire helmet. For more information, visit arapahoebasin.com.
The New Belgium Mountain Adventure – March 7
The infamous on-mountain New Belgium Colorado Scavenger Hunt at Arapahoe Basin is a day for guests to throw on their best costumes, chase very large skiing and snowboarding chickens, search for a skiing bigfoot and answer some ridiculous riddles all while skiing, raising money for the High County Conservation Center, and bonding with friends. For more information, visit arapahoebasin.com.
15th Annual Bud Light Spring Jam – March 13-29
The 15th annual Bud Light Spring Jam will bring three weekends of competitions, downtown concerts and parties to Aspen Snowmass. The festival features everything from the 16th annual KickAspen Big Air, where skiers and snowboarders compete under the lights at the base of Aspen Mountain, to free Bud Light Hi-Fi Concerts featuring Umphrey’s McGee, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Iration. Other events include the eighth annual Fallen Friends Memorial Event and Terrain Park Boot Camp sessions that offer instruction on how to slide a box or hit a rail in a mini-park at Snowmass. All events free and open to the public. For the full schedule of events, visit aspensnowmass.com.
SpringFest – March 14-April 11
Performers of all types will light up the spring-themed stage throughout these four fun filled weeks. Kids can enter contests, take photos with our spring characters, join in parades and so much more! Join us as we celebrate all the kids who are out of school and on the slopes!
Many of our SpringFest activities will include school, community and collegiate themed activities. And don’t forget the holidays! The plaza stage will come alive with authentic Irish dancers & music for St. Patrick’s Day. The 23rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt, featuring over 3,000 eggs, will be held on Saturday, April 4 in Creekside Park. For more information visit BeaverCreek.com.
Talon’s Challenge – March 7
Beaver Creek’s most advanced runs from the Birds of Prey across Grouse Mountain to Larkspur Bowl make up the Talons terrain, which is certain to test even the most experienced skiers and riders. Beaver Creek has established “The Talons Challenge” as the standard for taming the terrain. This program is exclusively offered to students of the Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard Schools or during our one-day public Talons Challenge event on Saturday, March 7th, 2015. For more information visit BeaverCreek.com.
Spring Fever Festival – March 20 – April 19
Breckenridge Ski Resort is excited to announce the lineup for the Bud Light Free Concert Series as part of its annual Breck Spring Fever Festival, March 20-April 19, 2015. The four concerts will include big-name, national acts Third Eye Blind, Eric Paslay, American Authors, and The Infamous Stringdusters.
Breck’s Spring Fever Festival, the largest spring skiing party in the Rocky Mountain region, begins the weekend of March 20 with the GoPro Big Mountain Challenge. The fun continues through closing day with a series of signature events including competitions and kids’ events in addition to the free concerts.
All concerts are FREE and will take place from 2-5 p.m. on a specially-constructed stage in the Peak 8 base area, just outside One Ski Hill Place, a RockResort. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit Breckenridge.com.
World of Adventure Presents Dos Equis Après – March 7 – 8
After a remarkable day on the slopes, Copper Mountain Resort invites guests to reward themselves at the World of Adventure Dos Equis Après Ski series featuring the Feast of the Brave culinary challenge. Guests who are up for the challenge and have the taste buds and the wit to pass the test should come thirsty for interesting eats, cold beer and live music. For more information, please visit CopperColorado.com.
Woodward Copper Winter Camp – March 21 – 22
Woodward Copper Winter Camps are in full swing with two remaining ski and snowboard camps offered this winter. Winter Camp offers a half-day in the Woodward Copper Barn and a half-day spent in Woodward’s award winning terrain parks. Campers also have exclusive access to the BagJump NIP™ foam pit airbag to help further their progression. This camp features free gear giveaways thanks to Spy Optics. For more information on Woodward Winter Camps including a full list of dates and sponsors please visit WoodwardCopper.com.
Springtime Music at Crested Butte
Skiing, spring and music go hand in hand in Colorado and Crested Butte is the perfect place for all three. As part of the free Apréspalooza concert series, the resort is hosting Matisyahu on Saturday, February 28. The final Apréspalooza concert will be closing weekend at the resort, April 4-5, 2015, with the artist still to be announced. In addition, the resort’s annual Skitown Breakdown concert featuring Switchfoot is on Saturday, March 21, 2015. For full information on spring music in Crested Butte and to purchase tickets for Skitown Breakdown visit skicb.com/music.
Eldora’s Annual Retro Day – March 14
Guests at Eldora’s Retro Day have an opportunity to win prizes for wearing the best vintage ski outfit. Guests can enjoy live music both in the Corona Bowl Bar and outside on the sundeck. In addition, Romp Skis will host an on-mountain demo day for guests to test their latest equipment. Guests of all ages are invited to show off their retro gear and join this fun-filled annual event. For more information, visit eldora.com.
New Belgium Scavenger Hunt – March 28
The New Belgium Scavenger Hunt is returning to Loveland Ski Area for another day of fun, prizes and beer all for a good cause, the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado. Guests can bring up some friends or form a team with a new friend in the check-in line and compete for great prizes from New Belgium and Loveland Ski Area. The price of entry is $10 per person to join the fleet of New Belgium and Loveland characters on the slopes and participate in an event that’s quickly becoming a Loveland tradition. For more information, visit skiloveland.com.
BC Surf & Sport Slope Style Event – February 21
Join the Powderhorn Park Crew as they put on the BC Surf & Sport Slope Style Event. Registration is Saturday, February 21, from 8-10am, and the event begins at 11:00 am. Cost is $15 with the competition starting at 11 am. All ages are welcome to enter and watch.
Night Skiing – February 27 – 28
Head to Powderhorn for a night of skiing/riding under the stars and lights when Wagner Rents Night Skiing returns on February 27 & 28. The Take-Four lift will be open to Midway with the Lower Peacemaker ski run and Terrain Park under the lights. Tickets from 4:00 – 9:00 pm will be $30, tickets from 12:00 – 9:00 pm will be $54. Season passes will be valid for both days of night skiing, and Midweek season passes will be valid for Friday night skiing. In addition, Powderhorn will host a USASA Night Rail Jam on February 28. For more information about spring events at Powderhorn, visit powderhorn.com/special-events.
Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Concert Series – March 7, 14, 21, 28
The Steamboat Ski Area will again be rocking during the winter ski and snowboard season as the Rocks the ‘Boat Free Music Series returns for the 16th season, offering a great mixture of various musical genres. The Rocks the ‘Boat series has brought together everything from bluegrass and New Orleans style rhythm & blues to a traditional Irish sound to flat out rock and roll. The spring line-up includes: The Grovetrotters on March 7; Nahka and Medicine for the People on March 14; 6 Million Dollar Bandon March 21, and the Wheeland Brothers on March 28. For more information, visit steamboat.com/concerts.
US Freestyle Championships – March 27 – 29
Freestyle skiing makes its return in late March as the Steamboat Ski Resort hosts the 2015 US Freestyle Championships, featuring the America’s best men and women mogul and aerial athletes, including Olympic, World and National Champions. The 2015 Championships will take place across the Park Smalley Freestyle Complex, which consists of the Voo Doo aerial venue and the 1,000-foot vertical long adrenalin generating Mayer’s Mogul Course. Steamboat has launched numerous athletes on their way to the pinnacle of the sport including World Champion Ann Battelle, Olympic medalists Nelson Carmichael and Travis Mayer as well as 2014 Olympian and US Champion Eliza Outtrim. For more information, visit steamboat.com
Defiance Challenge – March 6
The Defiance Challenge features ten hours of skiing on expert terrain. Lifts open at 7:00 am and close at 5:00pm. Proceeds from the event are split between the Sunlight Ski Patrol and the family of a fallen patroller with the National Ski Patrol. Registration is $150.00 per team and includes event hat, T-shirt, lift ticket, after event dinner and party. For more information, visit sunlightmtn.com.
Melanoma Awareness Day – March 7
Sunlight will host free skin screenings in the lodge from 10:00am – 2:00pm as well as a prize drawing featuring a Sunlight Season Pass and other prizes. All proceeds are directed to the Melanoma Research Foundation. For more information, visit sunlightmtn.com.
Mountain Town Get Down – March 28 – 29
Two days of sun, goggle tans and good vibes return to Telluride with the second annual Mountain Town Get Down. The event kicks off on Saturday, March 28 with free live music performances in the Mountain Village. Saturday free shows include Dustbowl Revival (bluegrass), The Expanders (Reggae) and Iration (reggae) performing throughout the day under the sun to an all ages crowd. Then, on Saturday night, The Cold War Kids will rock the Telluride Conference Center.
The weekend continues on Sunday, March 29 with the annual Bikini Slalom and Luau at Gorrono Ranch on Telluride Ski Resort. Discounted ski & stay packages are available across the destination. Full details on the event and stay & ski packages can be found at tellurideskiresort.com.
Spring Back to Vail – April 17-19
Spring Back to Vail is the biggest end-of-season bash in the Rocky Mountains! We end the season in style April 17 – 19 with some serious fun under the sun, including free live concerts, the infamous World Pond Skimming Championships, Bud Light après after-dark parties, base area giveaways, and so much more!
The closing day tradition of donning costumes and skimming across icy water holds strong as participants will careen themselves off a snow jump in the hopes of coming out on the other side in the 13th annual World Pond Skimming Championships. The spectacle defies the laws of physics and common sense as a panel of highly-skilled judges scores each competitor on distance, style, creativity and water resistance. Registration opens closer to the event. For more information, visit vail.com.
Winter Park Resort
The 40th Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup – February 20 – 22
The Wells Fargo Ski Cup, one of the biggest and best adaptive ski events in the world, celebrates its 40th anniversary with a weekend featuring world-class disabled ski racers, Denver celebrities, Broncos alumni and amateur skiers/snowboarders coming together to benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD).
The weekend is highlighted by three races, the Sports Authority Corporate Cup, a Pro Am style race where teams of five friends, family or coworkers are paired with an NSCD Competition Center athlete and compete for prizes; the Denver Health Kids Snowplow Sprint, which features up-and-coming NSCD athletes and able-bodied young skiers; and the Wells Fargo World Disabled Invitational. The weekend also includes a giant silent auction with items perfect for any budget. For more information, call the NSCD at (303) 293-5711 or visit winterparkresort.com.
Fun Races, Local Appreciation Days, College Days and Clinics in February and March
Fun Races at Wolf Creek Ski Area are free and open to skiers and boarders of all ages and abilities with a dual race format. The course is set up in a modified giant slalom. Participants can compete for medals in a variety of age brackets. Races begin at 11:00 a.m.; awards are at 3:30 on the sun deck of the main day lodge.
Local Appreciation Days at Wolf Creek offer all guests a discounted lift ticket. No I.D. is required, everyone is a local that day. Lift tickets are $41 for adults and $24 for seniors and children. College Days offer students with a valid college photo I.D. a break from the books and a $41 discounted lift ticket. For a calendar of races, local appreciation days, and clinics visit www.wolfcreekski.com.