As we near the height of the ski season in the Rocky Mountain West, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts have a full calendar of events, deals, promotions, and activities for the whole family in addition to snow conditions that rival the greatest seasons in a generation. Between now and the end of March, guests at CSCUSA resorts can participate in a variety of fun racing events, catch a range of concerts, learn new tricks in the terrain park, partake in some of the most unusual scavenger hunts imaginable, and so much more.
Here is a sample of what will be happening at resorts across Colorado Ski Country between now and the end of March:
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
Alpenglow Ascents Rando Series – Friday, March 21, 4:30pm
The first of a three-part race series, this race is perfect for Dynafit-outfitted rando racers, people training for ‘The Traverse,’ the ‘Power of Four’, or for people who just want to get a solid uphill workout in after work. There are two courses for this event: a Long Course featuring multiple transitions and significant elevation gain and a ‘Try-It’ course that has a single transition and less elevation gain. There will be prizes for the top 3 male and female winners in each division, and some fun random prizes, such as prize for the person who comes in 23rd or a random prize hidden on the course. It’s a great time to hang out with friends who participate in uphill travel, whether they are skiers or split-boarders, recreational athletes or elites. Everyone is welcome at Alpenglow Ascents. The second and third race events will be held April 4th and April 25th. For more information, visit www.arapahoebasin.com.
14th Annual Bud Light Spring Jam – March 14-23, 2014
The 14th annual Bud Light Spring Jam will bring two weekends of competitions, downtown concerts and parties to Aspen/Snowmass. The festival kicks off March 14 with the legendary Johnny Cash cover band Cash’d Out in the Aspen Gondola Plaza. The festivities continue the next day at the annual KickAspen Big Air, where skiers and snowboarders compete under the lights at the base of Aspen Mountain and the Fallen Friends Memorial Event the following day. A Terrain Park Boot Camp offers both adults and kids instruction on how to slide a box or hit a rail in a mini-park on Snowmass.
Weekend two kicks off with Core Party concert in downtown Aspen featuring Beats Antique, a trio featuring a mixture of live electronic and experimental world fusion music, and continues with the legendary Helly Hansen Battle in the Bowls, and a free concert with Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R. New this year is the addition of a banked slalom out at Snowmass. Spring Jam never disappoints with two weeks of music and action at Aspen/Snowmass. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com.
Copper Mountain Resort
Woodward Winter Camps – March 22-23
Skiers and snowboarders who have been inspired by the 2014 Winter Olympics and are ready to take over the mountain will enjoy Woodward at Copper’s March Winter Camps, sponsored by Sara Outerwear and Gnu Girls on Saturday and Sunday, March 22 – 23. Guests will spend half the day in The Woodward Barn on trampolines and in foam pits before taking it to the snow in Woodward’s terrain parks to prefect any trick. Camp is complete with giveaways from Saga and Gnu, guests have the option to sign up for one or two day camp. Woodward Camps are structured similar to Woodward Freestyle Lessons, which are offered daily. For more information, visit www.coppercolorado.com.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Ski Town Breakdown featuring Matisyahu – Saturday, March 22
Now in its fifth year, Crested Butte Mountain Resort will host its annual spring concert, the Ski Town Break Down. Formally known as Festevol, this event brings in national talent at an affordable rate; engaging both locals and visiting guests to celebrate spring with live music and a festival village in the base area. Concert & Lodging Deal: Starting at $115 per person for a night of lodging, lift ticket and concert ticket. This is based on double occupancy at the Grand Lodge. For more information, visit http://www.skicb.com.
Durango Mountain Resort
Annual Steamworks Brewery Clambake – Friday, March 14, 2-4 pm
Enjoy a bowl of delicious steamed clams, complete with corn on the cob and potatoes, and pair it with Steamworks’ award winning beers or Lil’ Toot Root Beer, then dance the afternoon away with live music on Purgatory Beach with the sizzling sounds of Bacon. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the La Plata County Search and Rescue. Beach attire is always encouraged. For more information, visit www.durangomountainresort.com.
Eldora Mountain Resort
New Belgium Scavenger Hunt to Support Leave No Trace- Saturday, March 8
This is a day for guests at Eldora to don their best costumes, chase chickens, search for Bigfoot, and answer some ridiculous riddles all while riding snow and raising funds for Leave No Trace. Guests can bring up to three friends and family members or sign-up with the person they meet in the check-in line. Grab your gear, a lift ticket, and bring $10 per person to join the fleet of New Belgium characters on the slopes for a Scavenger Hunt like no other. The After-party for the awards ceremony will feature New Belgium’s release of Snapshot Sour Wheat beer and a chance to win a pair of Rocky Mountain Underground custom skis. For more information, visit www.eldora.com.
Loveland Ski Area
New Belgium Scavenger Hunt to Support the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado – Saturday, March 29
The infamous on-mountain 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. 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 www.skiloveland.com.
Jibber Jam – Saturday, February 22
This year’s Jibber Jam will again take place in the Never Summer terrain park. Several boxes and rails will be used in a jam style format. The Jibber Jam is open to all ski and snowboard disciplines, and men & women, ages 7-12 and 13+. Sponsors include The North Face, Never Summer Industries, Blindside, Mountain Khakis, PWDRoom, Ripzone, Melanzana, J2, and Smith Optics. For more information, visit www.skimonarch.com.
Powderhorn Mountain Resort
Powderhorn PH3 Race – Sunday, March 16
The Powderhorn Triple Play (PH3) Race will have three areas of concentration: Bike, Skin or Snowshoe and Ski, Tele or Ride. The race starts with an 8.35 mile, 2,627 foot vertical gain cycling stage from Mesa, CO to Powderhorn Resort. Racers will then transition to the Skin or Snowshoe portion and travel 2.03 mile, 1,741 foot elevation gain to the top of Powderhorn Resort. The final stage is a Ski, Tele or Ride descent of 1.44 miles and 1,543 foot vertical drop to the finish. There are individual and team categories. For more information, visit www.powderhorn.com.
10th Mountain Division Day – Saturday, February 22
Ski Cooper will be honoring its roots again this year celebrating the service and lives of the men who served in the 10th Mountain Division in the Allied invasion of Italy in the Second World War. Guests who come skiing for the day will see a 10th Mountain Reenactment lead the ski down, meet surviving members of the division, and sit next to them while they honor their fallen brothers at the Tennessee Pass Memorial. For more information, visit www.skicooper.com.
Ski Granby Ranch
Insane Winter Blast – Saturday, February 22, 11am-4:30pm
Ski Granby Ranch’s Insane Winter Blast is a day that’s filled with activities, music, games and fun for the whole family. Guests can put their investigating skills to the test on our mountain wide scavenger hunt, test out new runs, or keep their ‘energy high’ and feet moving by dancing with Snowball, Granby Ranch’s mascot. No day is complete without a visit to the photo booth, so grab your family and friends, fill up the photo booth and celebrate this year’s Insane Winter blast. Don’t forget to stop by the fire pit for s’mores and hot chocolate that afternoon. Night skiing will be open from 5-8pm in order to keep the party going. For more information, visit www.granbyranch.com.
2-for-1 Guided Skiing/Riding – March 28 – 30
Take advantage of this special offer and experience this unique mountain with one of Silverton’s local guides. Silverton Mountain skiing is similar to a cross of heli-skiing experience, snow cat skiing, and resort skiing. Guests will access up to 1,819 acres of backcountry type terrain via chairlift and without the big crowds signature to other ski areas. There are no groomed runs, no cut trails, just loads of fine, natural black diamond skiing in the epic San Juan Mountains. For more information, visit www.silvertonmountain.com.
Steamboat Ski Resort
Rock the Boat – March 1,8,15,22,29
Steamboat’s Bud Light Rocks The Boat Free Concert Series kicks off March 1st with six weeks of live music on the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square. This year’s lineup includes Pimps of Joytime (March 1), The Wailers (March 8), New Orleans Suspects (March 15), Naia Kete (March 22) and Giving Tree Band (March 29), followed by concerts in April for the Springalicious Celebration. For more information, visit www.steamboat.com.
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Crystal River Spas Spring Thing – March 15-16, 2014
It’s sunny and time to celebrate winter with a growing rail jam sponsored by Crystal River Spas. Guests can execute jumps over a hot tub with hot people in it while showing off their skills with style and ease, competing for $1,000 in prizes. Guests can also participate in the Annual Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) Poochie Poker Run, a benefit to raise money for four-legged friends who need a home and win a season pass to Sunlight for next season. For more information, visit www.sunlightmtn.com.
Telluride Ski Resort
Mountain Town Get-Down – March 28 – 30
Telluride Ski Resort will be celebrating the end of winter and heating things up for spring with the Mountain Town Get Down, taking place March 28-30, 2014. Live performances from the national reggae acts of John Brown’s Body and See-I will be paired with music by local Telluride artists who will keep folks entertained while enjoying sun, goggle tans and good vibes. The weekend will kick off on Friday, March 28 with happy hour at Tomboy Tavern featuring local act Lily von Schtupp. The following day will feature free live music in the Mountain Village core from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Telluride local band, TriCo, will perform, followed by See-I at 2:30 p.m. and wrapping up with John Brown’s Body at 4:30 p.m. Sunday’s activities will once again resurrect the Bikini Slalom from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm with the Gorrono Ranch Luau from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with local reggae band Bredren. For more information, visit www.tellurideskiresort.com.
Winter Park Resort
The 39th Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup – February 21-23
World-class disabled ski racers, Denver celebrities, Broncos alumni along with amateur skiers and snowboarders of all abilities come together for a weekend of activities to benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD). Competitors in the Governor’s Cup, a Pro Am race, assemble a team of five friends, family members or co-workers to compete for cash prizes and bragging rights. The highlight of the weekend is the World Disabled Invitational, when disabled skiers compete head-to-head on parallel courses. The weekend also includes a giant silent auction with items perfect for any budget. For more information, call the NSCD at (303) 293-5711. For more information, visit www.winterparkresort.com.
Clinics and Racing throughout February and March
On February 22 and March 29, guests can partake in a special lift /lesson package which includes a 2 hour morning Telemark lesson for all ability levels and an all Mountain Lift Ticket for $69.00. On March 4th, Wolf Creek will host a special ski and board clinic for seniors. Lift/Lesson package which includes a 2 hour morning lessons plus an All Mountain Lift Ticket. Ticket prices are $53.00 for Ages 65+ & $69.00 for Ages 50+. Discounted Rental Rates are offered with both the Telemark and Senior packages. Every Saturday from this week through the end of March, guests will enjoy the Wolf Creek Fun Race Series. These races are free, and are open to skiers/boarders of all levels and abilities. Race starts at 11:00 on Charisma. Awards are at 3:30 on the Upper Lodge Sundeck. For more information, visit www.wolfcreekski.com.
Keep up to date on snowfall totals with the CSCUSA snow report updated by the resorts themselves: http://www.coloradoski.com/snow-report.