Jump into ginormo air bags or over hot chicks in hot tubs or both, see canine fashion shows, race beds down main street, watch horses help skiers get big air, and those are just, ahum, the tip of the iceberg for Colorado’s 2013/2014 winter festival line up.
Looking for a not-even-close-to-average winter festival? Here are 14 exceptional options the State of Colorado has to offer.
Drink all the Beer You Want
November 2, 2013 in Estes Park
Get an extra hour to drink beer at Estes Park’s Fall Back Beer Festival. Enjoy unlimited beer, music and beer brewing seminars all the while getting an extra hour to enjoy. Admission is $30 and includes unlimited beer tasting from some of Colorado’s finest brewers. Visit the website for more intel.
Meet Bode Miller & Lindsey Vonn
November 8, 2013 at Copper Mountain
Before the U.S. Ski Team heads to the 2014 Olympics they are making a pit stop at Copper Mountain for a concert by The Swon Brothers (runners up on NBC’s The Voice), last minute training and photos with fans. Only have a season pass for other mountains in Colorado? Show it at the ticket window, and Copper will sell you a lift ticket for $39. Learn more: www.ussa.org.
Canine Fashion Show + Soup-Off
January 9 – 12, 2014 in Aspen
Entering its 62nd year, Wintersköl is Aspen’s four day free (or practically free) toast to winter. Events include Soupsköl (the local soup competition), the Mad Hatter’s Ball – where the most absurd hats are awarded, Wintersculpt – a 48 hour snow sculpture competition, and what I consider hands down the most clever event of all – a Canine Fashion Show. Learn more: Wintersköl.
Race Mountain Bikes on Snow and Ice
January 18-19, 2014 at Copper Mountain
Named the most unique event of 2012 by NSAA, Copper Mountain’s WinterBike challenges bikers of all ages, abilities and sanity levels to pedal their fastest through the in-town course of snow and ice to a fireworks finish line. Registration for adults is $20. Kiddos compete for free. Learn more: Copper Mountain.
Catch Big Air with a Very Soft Landing
January 18 – 19 at Durango Mountain Resort
Build a 14 foot ski jump, put a 50’ x 50’ air bag at the base of it, and what do you get? A once in a lifetime opportunity for newbies and pros alike to catch big air with a guaranteed gentle landing.
Winterfest activities also include dog sledding, ice climbing, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing and sleigh rides – all at discounted prices. Learn more: Durango Mountain Resort.
Celebrate Colorado’s Most Famous Prostitute
January 25 – 26th in Winter Park
Held in conjunction with the City of Winter Park’s Winter Carnival, Mary Jane’s Birthday bash celebrates Colorado’s most notorious lady of the night. Local lore will tell you Mary Jane was a 19th century prostitute and a quite successful one at that. Her services to railroad workers were so lucrative she bought up parcels of Winter Park land. To celebrate this famous local lady many dress in late 1800s garb. Learn more: Winter Park.
Play Softball in Skis
Race Your Bed
Golf Restaurant to Restaurant
January 29 – February 2, 2014 in Durango
Since 1979, Durango, Colorado’s Snowdown attempts to outdo the prior year’s zany-ness. This year’s ‘Safari So Good’ theme will include 60 events such as softball tourneys (in skis and snowboards, of course), balloon rallies, beard growing contests, talent shows, bed racing and a round of golf with holes scattered throughout different restaurants in Durango. Learn more: www.snowdown.org.
See the Winter Carnival National Geographic Named of the World’s Best
February 5 – 9, 2014 in Steamboat Springs
It takes a lot to be named one of the best winter festivals in the world by National Geographic (and featured on Good Morning America), but Steamboat Springs’ Winter Carnival has had 101 years to perfect it. This historic carnival includes: snow sculpting, ski racing, tubing AND the only marching band in the world on – skis. Learn more about it or read a local’s take on it.
Norman Rockwell Style Winterfest
February 7 – 9 in Silverton
No Snoop Dogg and no bikinis – Snowscape, Silverton, Colorado’s winter carnival, is the Normal Rockwell event of the season. It is 100% small town Colorado winter wonderland charm.
Take the Penguin Plunge
February 14 – 16 in Pagosa Springs
Why should the penguins and polar bears get all the wintertime fun? At Pagosa Spring’s WinterFest you can, if you dare, take a plunge – penguin style – into the San Juan River and benefit local charities while you are at it. The WinterFest docket also a winter balloon mass ascension, a rail jam, a western dance and, of course, all things snow – sledding, shoeing, sculpting and Nordic racing with chili and hot toddy contests to stave off the brrrrrrrrr. Learn more here.
Celebrate Gay Pride in One of the Most Beautiful Places on Earth
February 21 – March 2, 2014 in Telluride
Celebrating its 10th anniversary with 10 solid days of entertainment, this top-rated gay ski event is 100% spirit and 0% pretense. Festival itinerary includes: an Academy Awards watching party, the popular White Night Party and of course, loads of skiing and boarding. Learn more here.[tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT4P8cBC5tQ#t=82[/tube]
Watch Horses Pull Skiers through Obstacle Courses and Over Ski Jumps – down Main Street
March 1 – 2, 2014 in Leadville
Ski joring involves a horse, its rider and the skier they are pulling down a snow covered main street – complete with jumps and obstacles. The rider, horse and skier team that successfully make it through the course in the least amount of time are crowned the Leadville Ski Joring and Crystal Carnival champs. Additional activities include a children’s parade, winter mountain bike races and lots more. Learn more here.
100 Semi-Pro Riders + a 3 Story Snowboard Ramp + the Suburbs of Denver
March 22, 2014 in Longmont
Left Hand Brewing and Longmont, CO prove you don’t need the mountains to attract hardcore snowboarders. Hops and Handrails on March 22 trucks in some serious snow (three stories of it), ensures rocking live music is everpresent, loads up on the food and beer, and lets it rip.
Ski Jump over Models in Hot Tubs
March 22 – 23 at Sunlight Mountain
Catch your best air over hot chicks in hot tubs and win prizes (and get to jump over hot chicks in hot tubs) at Sunlight Mountain’s Spring Thing sponsored by Crystal River Spas. Learn more at Sunlight Mountain.
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