We’ve been highlighting summer events and activities, including Labor Day goings-on, here as they come across our collective desk. What would be nice is a compilation or round-up of Labor Day weekend events, at least that’s what we were thinking this morning.
Then, lo and behold, a handy list was sent out this morning from Colorado Ski Country USA, and in alphabetical order, no less. Nice. So here you go, Labor Day weekend (and some beyond Labor Day) events, activities and deals at Colorado ski areas as they transition from the end of summer to preparing for ski season (!).
By the way, the following roundup does not include the Vail Resorts – Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Vail – so stay tuned here for Labor Day events at those resorts…
Aspen/Snowmass: Labor Day at Aspen is headlined by the Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival, with three days of concerts on multiple stages, eclectic food, beverage vendors, and more. This year’s acts include Jason Mraz, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Keith Urban, Train, Little Big Town, Journey, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Colorado’s own Paper Bird. The final Bluegrass Sunday atop Aspen Mountain at the Sundeck will take place on Sunday, Sept. 1, with the Roaring Fork Valley’s own Smuggler Mountain Boys. Visit jazzaspensnowmass.org for more information and to purchase tickets.
On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, the most adventurous eaters in Colorado will convene at the foot of Aspen Mountain for the second annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival and Barbecue, hosted by the Ajax Tavern at the Little Nell Hotel. This all-you-can-eat/drink event will include conventional oysters on the half shell, Rockefeller oysters and other creative oyster hors d’oeuvres, and the famed Rocky Mountain Oyster. Tickets are $75 and are available at https://ajaxtavern.ticketbud.com/oysterfest. For more information and reservations, call 970-920-4600 or 888-843-6355, or go to www.thelittlenell.com.
Copper Mountain: Copper Country is a free Labor Day festival with live music, an arts festival, and Copper Kids Arts & Crafts. This year’s musical lineup includes Savannah Jack, The Long Players, Michael McDonald, Texaco Country Showdown and headliner Kenny Rogers. More information can be found at CopperCountryFest.com.
Crested Butte: On Sunday, Sept. 8, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) will host the annual Gravity Slave Downhill Mountain Bike Race, now a pure downhill format with a $2,000 cash purse for the winners of the Open Pro Class. Racing begins on Sunday morning, with course training from 8:30-10 a.m. and a 10:30 a.m. race start time. Registration is available online at www.skicb.com/mygroup with the package code: gravityslave2013. The $50 registration fee includes a race day ticket. Special racer lodging rates start at $99 per night, plus a resort fee and taxes, which can be reserved by calling 800-810-7669. For more information, visit www.ridecb.com/gravityslave or call Patti Hensley at 970-349-2217. Go to www.vimeo.com/71995088 to preview the challenging downhill course on the Avery trail.
The bike race coincides with Mt. Crested Butte’s annual Chili and Beer Festival on the weekend of Sept. 7-8. Breweries from throughout the southwest will be on hand, combined with chili prepared by Crested Butte locals. In addition to beer and chili tasting there will be free live music. For more information, visit www.cbchamber.com/chili--beer-festival.html
During the entire month of September you can save 20 percent off all CBMR lodging. The Red Lady Express lift is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through September as well. To make reservations, call Crested Butte Vacations at 800-600-2803.
Durango Mountain Resort: Durango Mountain Resort is open weekends and Labor Day through Sept. 29 with a bunch of adventure activities, including a new ropes obstacle course, new water runners, mountain biking, hiking, scenic chairlift rides, an alpine slide, climbing wall, bungee trampolines and more. Lodging packages start at $38 per person, per night, and you can get two nights of lodging and Total Adventure Tickets for the entire family. To book the Summer Last Hurrah Package, or for more information, call 800-525-0892 or go to www.DurangoMountainResort.com.
Steamboat: On Friday, Aug. 30, Colorado native musician Zach Heckendorf takes the stage at Gondola Square with his hip-hop influenced acoustic sound. On Saturday, Aug. 31, the Steamboat Stage will host Skyfall, the latest installment in the James Bond film series featuring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, and Javier Bardem.
On Saturday and Sunday the Wild West Air Fest will bring a vintage and warbird static aircraft display, classic cars, radio controlled airplane shows, the Wings Over the Rockies KidSpace and much more. You can purchase flights in several aircraft, from helicopters to World War II Navy bombers and others.
On Sunday, the Professional Bull Riding circuit comes to Steamboat with the Rocky Mountain Bull Bash. This event pushes cowboys’ skills to their limit as they take on top-ranked bulls to compete for a big cash prize. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Steamboat.com/things-to-do.
Winter Park: The Zoppé Family Circus presents a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition. Starring Nino the clown, the circus is propelled by a central story (as opposed to individual acts) that feature acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. Tickets are $20 for VIP chair seating or $15 for general admission, and children under 2 are free. There will be one performance on Friday, three performances on Saturday and Sunday and one performance on Sunday providing ample opportunities to see the show during their Labor Day weekend at Winter Park. For more information, visit WinterParkResort.com/events-and-activities.
On the following Saturday, Sept. 7, The Village at Winter Park will host the Whiskey & Wings Festival, where local restaurants will present their finest chicken wings in a variety of styles and flavors, with visitors determining which wings are the best. There’s a whiskey tasting and live music during the festival as well. Taste tickets are $1 each (a buck per wing) while whiskey tasting is $10 for four tickets (good for two tastings) and a commemorative Whiskey & Wings Festival glass. For more information, visit WinterParkResort.com/events-and-activities.