I love spring skiing in Colorado, not only because the conditions are great – soft snow, bluebird days, warm afternoons – but because there are so many festive celebrations on the mountains when the season starts to wind down. Here are some Colorado favorites:
Keystone Kidtopia: The awesome Kidtopia snow fort on Keystone’s Dercum Mountain is open all season long, but spring Kidtopia family sessions (March 10-14 and March 17-24) feature special events like disco tubing, glow bug ice skating, fireworks, circus show, street parade, cookie decorating, face painting, arts and crafts and more. Great fun for kids!
St. Patrick’s Day at Snowmass: I’m delighted that March 17 falls on a Saturday this year. My family is planning to ski Snowmass that day to search for hidden treasure boxes on the slopes, listen to Celtic music and drink green beer (grown-ups only). It’s been years since I’ve spent St. Patrick’s Day on the mountain, and I look forward to this upbeat (read: mildly raucous) celebration of all things Irish.
FestEVOL at Crested Butte: Barenaked Ladies and Big Head Todd and the Monsters headline concerts for this eco-friendly weekend event March 17 and 18 at Crested Butte. Natural products are featured at a sustainable eco-village, with food samples and gear demos, too.
Easter Egg Hunt at Copper Mountain: I’m told this is the state’s largest Easter egg hunt, with 50,000 eggs hidden on the mountain and in the villages at Copper Mountain on April 8. Children under age 6, as well as kids 7 to 11, have their own designated area to hunt for plastic eggs filled with treats. “Big kids” (read: adults) can search for copper eggs on certain trails and in the village; find one of these special eggs for a seasons pass, lift tickets, shopping sprees and other big-ticket items.
Steamboat Cardboard Classic: Now in its 32nd year, Steamboat’s April 14 race features silly contraptions made with only cardboard, string, glue, water-based paint and tape. Some of the homemade “vehicles” fall apart before participants make it down the slope, while other participants spend weeks crafting clever snow-proof, sled-like designs that are not only creative, but functional, too!
Coca-Cola Spring Splash at Winter Park: On April 22, Winter Park holds a crazy on-mountain obstacle race that ends with participants skimming across an icy pond on skis! A live band adds to the festive atmosphere, and it’s a super fun way to close out another successful ski season in Colorado.
Have we missed any of your favorite spring festivals? If yes, please share!