Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) weekend is traditionally a big ski weekend. Not only does the holiday guarantee you an extra day of skiing, but it’s also right at the time when the ski season is in high gear and when Mother Nature starts dropping some of the best snow storms all year.

With MLK weekend right around the corner, it’s time to start planning! To celebrate, several resorts will be featuring special events, live music, fireworks, and much more. And if you book your lift tickets in advance on Liftopia, you’ll be able to save up to 80%, allowing you to enjoy more festivities on the slopes.

MLK Weekend:Liftopia

To help you plan your fun-filled weekend, here are 5 examples of ski resorts across North America that are hosting special events during MLK weekend. Check your local mountain’s calendar to see what’s going on near you.

1. Copper Mountain

3rd Annual WinterBike
Saturday, January 18

MLK Weekend:: Copper Mountain

PHOTO: Copper Mountain

Who says you can’t mountain bike in the winter? This one-of-a-kind, 10-mile race brings competitors through snowy obstacles all around the resort and ends with a fireworks show at the finish line. The cost per rider is $20, but it’s for a good cause! All proceeds go towards Cloud City Wheelers advocacy efforts, promoting health and recreation. Kids can also take part in the action with free fun-rides Little Bike (age 9 and under) and Junior Bike (age 10 and up). Check Copper Mountain’s schedule for more details on how to participate.

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Copper Safety Fest
January 18 – 20

MLK Weekend:: Copper Mountain

PHOTO: Copper Mountain

January is National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) National Safety Awareness Month. To celebrate, the National Ski Patrol, the U.S. Forest Service, Summit County Rescue Group, Woodward at Copper and many more will be on hand to provide information on backcountry awareness, National Forest access and Copper Mountain’s Safety Initiatives. The best part? Daily avalanche dog demonstrations! Check Copper Mountain schedule for more details.

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2. Okemo

Let It Glow – Laser Light Show & Fireworks Spectacular
Sunday, January 18

MLK Weekend: Okemo

PHOTO: Okemo Mountain Resort

Okemo will be hosting it’s first ever Let it Glow Laser Light Show that’s sure to light up your weekend! The dazzling visual effects and state-of the-art digital graphics will send colorful beams and lights bouncing off the snow on Bull Run.

Not convinced? Here’s what they have to say about their ensuing Fireworks Spectacular: “And just when it couldn’t get any better, a fireworks grand finale that will melt your face off, will astound the crowd and send them into fits of sensory ecstasy.” Check Okemo’s schedule for availability and reservations.

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3. Mount Snow 

MLK Torchlight Parade & Fireworks
Sunday January 18

MLK Weekend:Mount Snow

PHOTO: CaptSeth Cooperman,

Watch the Mount Snow Ski & Snowboard School instructors descend down the Canyon ski trail in a beautiful torchlight glow, followed by a grand fireworks display over the mountain. Check Mount Snow’s calendar for more details.

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4. Winterplace

Ski Free on Martin Luther King!
January 19th

MLK Weekend:Winterplace

PHOTO: Winterplace Ski Resort

When you purchase a 3-day rental and a two-day lift ticket for Saturday and Sunday, you can ski free on Monday January 19th. There’s no better incentive for you to stay up on the slopes all weekend long! Check Winterplace’s calendar for more details.

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5. Red River

Winter Carnival & Parade of Ice
January 16-19

MLK Weekend: Red River


Red River’s Winter Carnival & Parade of Ice is a celebration of mountain living at it’s finest! Events include snowmobile races, ice sculptures, snowman-building, games, live music, torchlight parades, fireworks, and more. Some events are free, while others require registration. Check Red River’s schedule for details.

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Know of a fun MLK weekend event at your local resort? Share ’em in the comments below!


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