One of the most amazing winter carnivals, hands-down, no-doubt, bet-your-season-pass is Steamboat Springs’ Winter Carnival. It’s coming up Feb 6-10. Do. Not. Miss. It. And when you get there, be sure to put on some warm socks, fill a thermos with some piping hot <ahem> cocoa, and head out for a night at the signature event, the Night Extravaganza.
Few towns are as snow-crazy as Steamboat Springs, CO. I knew this before heading up to the Winter Carnival last year, but I had NO IDEA to the degree this town loves its snow. Skiing is like a religion here, one which it indoctrinated its kids annually. The chosen method of indoctrination? Winter Carnival SkiJoring.
This ski season we welcome guest blogger Amber Johnson who blogs at TheMileHighMama, is a Denver Post columnist, family travel writer, editor of the Denver Post’s MileHighMamas.com and 9News contributor.
Some snow enthusiasts say the ski/snowboard season kicks off with all the Labor Day sales. For my family, it’s at the annual Denver Ski & Snowboard Expo at the Colorado Convention Center.
This ski and snowboard emporium goes from November 2-4, 2012 and we checked out the action on Friday night. And believe me when I say there was a lot of action for snow-lovers of all ages.
From the mature-types.
Muck & Mire on the Mountain at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort
Outdoor, live music acts and a variety of events and activities, including the Copper Country Arts Festival and the Copper Kids’ Corral, animate Copper Mountain Resort during the annual end-of-summer bash, Copper Country. This free Labor Day tradition welcomes big-name performers Keb’ Mo’, Rosanne Cash and The Mavericks, plus many more talented musicians during three full days of festivities, August 31 – September 2, 2012.
The fun-filled weekend begins with the Fridays at Copper series, offering an evening concert by Katey Laurel, the 2011 winner of the Colorado Texaco Country Showdown, followed by Disney’s feature film, The Muppets (PG), playing at the Burning Stones Outdoor Theater. All day Friday, guests are privileged to free Village activities with every $30 spent at Copper’s dining and retail establishments. (continue reading…)
Aspen/Snowmass recently announced an enhanced format for the eighth year of The Meeting in Aspen, Colo., September 27-29, 2012. In addition to the screening of the top new ski and snowboard movies, the event includes live music and parties and the chance to connect with industry influencers and friends to kick off the season. The Meeting also features a list of noteworthy presenters and seminars on broad topics within the industry from branding to content distribution. The registration fee for The Meeting is $250 per person, which includes all of the panels, movies, activities, music and parties.
“This year marks a serious evolution in The Meeting,” says Deric Gunshor, Senior Event Marketing Manager, Aspen Skiing Company. “In 2012, The Meeting sessions will expand beyond action sports and feature a powerful lineup of presenters with knowledge and experience in snowsports and beyond. The Meeting has grown immensely over its eight year history and we are excited to take this revered influencer event to the next level.” (continue reading…)
For the first time ever, Winter Park Resort will pair the flavors of well-known whiskeys with some of the tastiest buffalo wing recipes around, all in the beautiful backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. This festival is the perfect opportunity to sample some of the best whiskey and wings in Colorado. With a variety of styles and flavors guests will be sure to find their favorite combination. A free concert will also feature the Jami Lunde Band throughout the festival.
Guests are invited to vote for their favorite wing recipe to determine the People’s Choice Award for the Best Wings. First prize is $500 and two VIP tickets to tour the Stranahan’s Distillery in Denver. Cash prizes will also be available for second and third place winners. (continue reading…)