Colorado Ski Country USA resorts are gearing up for spring with various events lined up this month with unique competitions and activities, both on and off the slopes, designed for all ages and abilities.
These home-style, home-grown Colorado antics range from the philanthropic to the family-friendly to all-out high intensity competitions.
Following is a roundup of events and deals through March 31 compiled by Colorado Ski Country USA. Check back here for more details on many of these events, plus any others that pop up this month and through the remainder of the ski season…
March 16, Rail Jam: A free competition for freestyle skiers and riders held in the Treeline Terrain Park.
March 31, Beach’n Egg Hunt: Arapahoe Basin invites guests to this free event, as the Easter Bunny visits A-Basin for an egg hunt that both skiing and non-skiing kids can enjoy. Kids on skis will head to one of the green trails to search for eggs, and those who wish to hunt on foot can search in the learning spaces near the base area.
March 21-24, Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships: Skiers from across 45 states of ages ranging from 3 to 90 will converge to compete for national titles in various divisions. This event will serve as a celebration of the great sport of alpine skiing and a reunion for top recreational skiers throughout the country. Events will vary from race clinics, races, free concerts, autograph signing, Warren Miller screenings and much more.
March 21-31, 13th Annual Bud Light Spring Jam: This event brings two weekends of competitions, concerts and parties to Aspen/Snowmass. Brett Dennen kicks off the live music on Friday, March 22 in Snowmass Base Village to celebrate the NASTAR National Championships. The Bud Light Spring Jam Core Party will expand into two nights for the first time and will feature a beer garden. The event will kick off with March Fourth Marching Band playing a street concert in downtown Aspen on Friday, March 29. Grouplove will take to the same downtown Aspen stage on Saturday, March 30.
March 23, Fallen Friends Memorial Event: The 6th annual Fallen Friends memorial event will gather teams of two to five to compete in a course of jumps, bumps and park features on Scarlett’s Run at Aspen Highlands. The event will feature a DJ, announcers and food and drink specials on the deck of the Merry-Go-Round. Teams are encouraged to dress in a costume and incorporate a common theme. All proceeds from the event will benefit an Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club (AVSC) scholarship fund in honor of local fallen friends.
March 23, 14th Annual KickAspen Big Air Invitational at Aspen Mountain: In the 14th Annual KickAspen Big Air, the best regional ski and snowboard athletes will compete under the lights at the base of Aspen Mountain. Prize giveaways, a beer garden and a DJ will round out the action at the base of the mountain.
March 23-24 and March 30-31, Terrain Park Boot Camp: This free event at Snowmass gives kids and adults alike a chance to learn the ropes of the terrain park. Professional coaches and athletes teach rails, jumps and boxes on features that are the perfect size for any beginner.
March 29-30, Bud Light Hi-Fi Core Partyz: CORE Party is the most anticipated outdoor concert of the season. Past success of the CORE party has led Aspen/Snowmass to add two free days of concerts this year. Stay tuned for the artists of these back-to-back days of awesome live music.
March 30, Elk Mountain Grand Traverse: This 40-mile backcountry ski race is on an old mail route from the 1880s that connects the towns of Aspen and Crested Butte. The race begins at midnight in Crested Butte and climbs more that 7,800 vertical feet before the extreme endurance event comes to an end in Aspen. In order to maintain safety, the race is in teams of two and all racers must have mandatory gear in order to compete. A staple event for Aspen since 1998, this competition puts athletes to the test both mentally and physically.
March 30, Battle in the Bowls: Teams of two will race to ski/ride the bowls of Aspen Highlands as quickly and strategically as possible on a course designed by Aspen/Snowmass athlete Chris Davenport. In the competitive skiing/riding division of the race athletes will battle their own limits and challenge themselves against other teams of two skiers in an effort to cover the course as quickly as possible. The race will also have a recreational division, where the course will be different but still feature elements of the competitive course.
March 8-10, Copper Uncorked: A working man's wine festival, Copper Uncorked features affordable wines and not-so-traditional food pairings, as in Chiantis and NY-style pizza slices, Zinfandels and smoky barbecue wings and Champagne (brunch) and gourmet breakfast burritos. More information can be found at www.coppercolorado.com/winter/events_and_activities/calendar/1651059514
March 16, Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest: In celebration of Copper Mountain’s 40th Anniversary season the Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest is welcomed back just in time for spring break in the high country. This on-snow bikini contest debuted at Copper Mountain in 1986 and was featured in Rolling Stone magazine and Good Morning America. Now, more than 25 years later, it’s coming back with more flair than ever in conjunction with Copper Mountain’s St. Patty’s Day O’ Fuego celebration. Don’t miss the action at Copper Mountain on Saturday, March 16 at 3:30 p.m. when contestants will ski or snowboard from the base of the 22’ Main Vain Superpipe into Burning Stones Plaza at Copper’s Center Village in bikinis of all shapes and types. Jack’s Slopeside Grill & Bar is the place to be with St. Patrick’s Day specials, green beer, music and the best view for the show. For more info visit www.coppercolorado.com/winter/events_and_activities/calendar/1396399688
March 9, FestEVOL: FestEVOL is a unique lifestyle experience combining snowsports with live music, innovative natural brands and the sustainably focused Reverb Eco-Village. This year, Crested Butte Mountain Resort brings The Wailers to the stage on, with an opening band Twiddle. Advance purchase tickets are now available for $25 at www.skicb.com/festevol or by calling 970-349-4554. VIP tickets and 25 percent off lodging packages are also available through Crested Butte Vacations 800-600-2803.
March 9, Big Air on Elk: This downtown Crested Butte signature event returns to Elk Avenue again this year, as guests can join the crowds of people who line the streets to watch local and professional freeskiing and snowboarding athletes as they compete in a big air event on the town’s main street. Big Air on Elk is organized by the local shop, Colorado FreeSkier, and helps support the Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation and the local athletes in the Gunnison Valley. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/473765216005995/
March 16, Kids Rock Winter Concert Series: Back by popular demand, the third annual Kids' Rock Winter Concert Series will bring world-class family entertainment to Crested Butte. This year at 4 p.m., Doctor Noize will entertain families with his one-man band, interactive-style of music, inspiring children to be the musicians themselves. The show is presented by The Trailhead Children's Museum, Crested Butte Music Festival and the Center for the Arts and takes place in the Ballroom at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square. The $10 per person includes kid-friendly cuisine and entertainment. For more information visit www.trailheadkids.org
Durango Mountain Resort
March 15, Clambake on Purgatory Beach at Durango Mountain Resort: From 2-5 p.m., Steamworks Brewing Co. will host its annual event. Steamworks serves bowls of delicious clams, potatoes, corn on the cob and crayfish, as well as its craft beer to those hanging out on the ski beach and others who want some après ski fun. Proceeds benefit the La Plata County Search & Rescue. Search and Rescue volunteers and dogs are also usually in attendance.
March 10 and 13, Alpenglow Snowshoe Tours: From 3-7:30 p.m., guests are invited to take the last chairlift up the mountain and enjoy a guided snowshoe tour of the backcountry. Guides will point out wildlife and their tracks, geology, flora and fauna. This is followed by snowshoeing down to the on-mountain facility, the Powderhouse Restaurant, where guests will enjoy hot chocolate for the kids and wine and beer for adults, complete with cheese, fruit, cookies, crackers and a deli tray. Afterwards, snowshoe with guides down the slopes that are now closed to skiers and watch the beautiful sunset and the awe-inspiring Alpenglow on the Needles Mountain Range. Call 970-385-2147 for more information. The cost is $60, which includes guides, gear, uplift and the party.
March 11-17, 24, and 30-31, Live Music at Purgatory: Live music will rock the house at Purgatory during the spring fling. Various artists will be featured at Purgatory’s venues, and there will be many exciting activities and fun for all ages, including live music, giveaways, contests and more. Visit www.skipurg.com/events for more details.
March 16, Retro Ski Day: Games, giveaways and music will all take place at the base area of Eldora. Those with the best throwback outfits and dance moves will win prizes from New Belgium Brewery.
March 7, Outdoor Divas: The Outdoor Divas visit Loveland for a women's specific demo day. This gives guests a chance to try all the latest women's ski equipment before buying. There is no cost to participate, although a driver's license and credit card are required for deposit as is a valid lift ticket.
March 14, Ski Hooky with 95.7 The Party: Once again, Ski Hooky Days with 95.7 FM The Party will return to Loveland this season. By listening to 95.7 FM The Party, guests can earn the chance to win free tickets to Loveland and by visiting 95.7 FM The Party and printing a coupon good for a $25 ticket valid on Thursday, March 14.
March 10, Butterfly Roundup: You’re invited to hunt around the mountain collecting colored butterfly stickers worth various points. The top three win prizes. Extra points will be awarded for those wearing costumes. This event is free and open to all ages. The event is sponsored by Smith, Bolle, Camelbak, Scott Sports, and Mountain Khakis.
March 24, The North Face Jibber Jam: This event will take place on several features in the Never Summer terrain park, and will include a jam style session with multiple runs. The top three skiers and snowboarders win. One individual will go home with new skis or a snowboard. Sponsors include The North Face, Blindside, Bolle, Scott Sports, Albritton, Smith and Mountain Khakis.
March 9, Bud Light Rocks the Boat free Concert-Young Dubliners
March 11-13, Billy Kidd Race Camp
March 16, Bud Light Rocks the Boat free Concert: The Aggrolites
March 17, Torchlight & Fireworks
March 22-26, STARS of Tomorrow Kids Adaptive Camp
March 23, Bud Light Rocks the Boat free Concert: The Dunwells
March 30, Bud Light Rocks the Boat free Concert: MarchFourth Marching Band
March 30, 3rd Annual Ski 4 Yellow
The Fun Race Series will take place on March 9, 23 and April 7. These races are free and open to skiers and boarders of all ages and abilities. The series will also feature a St. Patrick's Day Race on March 17 and the Easter Race on March 31.
Kids Ski and Stay Free in April: Kids ages 7-12 ski and stay free with the purchase of comparable adult ticket for three or more days and can rent for free with purchase of comparable adult rental. The package also includes 10 percent off a group lesson, and kids eat free at select on-mountain restaurants with a comparable adult purchase. The Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center and Ski and Snowboard School lets kids of all ages experience industry-leading instruction and care. This must be booked by March 11 and is valid April 1-14.
Spring Escape: This package lets guests enjoy a quick spring getaway to Aspen/Snowmass. By booking a Spring Escape, guests can be rewarded with deals on lift tickets, lessons and more. Buy two, get three on lift tickets, equipment rentals, and group lessons (all kids group lessons ages 5-17 and adult group lessons level 4 and up). This must be booked by March 25 and is valid April 7-14. For more details, visit: www.aspensnowmass.com/deals
The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau has partnered with Powderhorn Mountain Resort for the first ever 2013 Ski, Stay & Play packages. Guests can pick a lodging package and bundle savings on lodging in the Grand Valley and lift tickets to Powderhorn Mountain Resort. Once booked, guests will receive deals to the local golf courses and bike rental shops. Full details can be found at www.visitgrandjunction.com
The SnowSaver Package offers 20 percent savings on lift and lodging when guests purchase three nights of lodging and three-day lift tickets, plus additional discounts on ski and snowboard school, retail and rental, and restaurant outlets. SnowSaver is currently available for visits through closing day, April 14.
By visiting Sunlight Mountain Resort during the month of March guests can save by purchasing five lift tickets for $200. This is a savings of $75, and tickets can be used by anyone. For Gems Card Holders, flashing the card enables the holder to receive $1 off any food and beverage item, which includes meals or drinks from the Out-of-Bounds Grill or a drink at the Last Turn Lounge. This is a one use per person, per day deal, good for the month of March.
This spring at Telluride, kids can stay, rent and ski for free when Telluride Resort Lodging is purchased. The fifth night of lodging is free for children, each child lift ticket is free per adult lift ticket purchased, and each child’s rental equipment is free per adult paid rental (minimum four day rental required). This deal is blacked out from March 9-15 and some date and other restrictions may apply. Call 1-800-778-8581 for more information.
Winter Park will continue its $50 Dining Credit with each night of lodging at any resort property through March 31. The resort is also offering its Sunday Sleepover Package for anyone trying to avoid Sunday afternoon traffic back to Denver. By adding a Sunday night stay at any resort property, guests receive half-price tickets at the Coca-Cola Tubing Hill, 25 percent off dinner at Doc’s Roadhouse, and a $10 pizza from Five Mountain Tavern.
Wolf Creek Ski Area is offering Local Appreciation Days on March 6 and 13, and April 3 and 7. This includes $35 lift tickets for adults and $20 for children and seniors. Wolf Creek will also feature College Days on March 24, 30 and April 6, which allows students to ski for $35. A current college photo ID is required.