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Spring Events in Colorado

Colorado is known for it's spring skiing. Whether it's hitting The Beach for a hot dog or attending Sunsation for good music, there's no better place to ski in the spring.
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Check out these events in order of when they happen here. For more questions see the resort's website.

MARCH

March and April, Bud Light Big Air Fridays at Aspen/Snowmass

This popular eight-week series is entering its seventh year at the largest of the four area mountains, Snowmass. It has become a mainstay and weekly favorite for the best snowboarders and skiers in the state of Colorado. Each week, they gather to perform the latest tricks for a chance at a weekly prize purse and series points on the busy Fanny Hill/Snowmass Mall intersection. Judges will choose four skiers and four snowboarders from the jam session to continue on to the finals. The finalists will have one jump and then be placed according to best trick. A live band performs after every Bud Light Big Air Friday from 3-4:30 p.m., then stick around for fireworks at 7 p.m. above Fanny Hill. March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3. For more information, please visit

AspenSnowmass.com

or call 866-572-9632

March 5, 12, & 19, Young At Heart at Powderhorn

For the 50-and-over crowd, the Young at Heart event series invites participants to ski or ride with a Powderhorn guide in common-ability groups with an emphasis on fun, camaraderie and ski time. Guests can then enjoy an après ski party after every ski day. Details can be found at

Powderhorn.com

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March 5, 12, 19, Free Concert Series at Telluride

This spring, visitors can enjoy the free music concert series at Heritage Plaza from 3-5pm. The line up features music acts such as Charlie Hunter, Subdudes and Porter Batistie & Stoltz. Please check

TellurideSkiResort.com

for more information.

March 6 - 7, Red Bull 1976 Games at Winter Park

For this two-day event, Red Bull and Winter Park Resort team up to honor the 1976 Olympic Games that never made it to Colorado. Participants toast the sprit of friendly competition with such high energy games as Snowbladecross, Gaper Park Challenge, and Old School Team Challenge. The one-of-a-kind event is open to the public and free with purchase of lift ticket. Visit

WinterParkResort.com

to register your team of four.

March 6-9, Survivor Celebration at Crested Butte

Women who have gone through cancer are invited to take part in an energizing long weekend of outdoor adventures in Crested Butte with the Adaptive Sports Center. The cost to participate for local residents is $375 per person. It includes three days of private alpine skiing or snowboarding instruction, a one-day Nordic skiing excursion, three days of yoga or therapeutic dance, and 1-2 meals per day. The standard rate to participate is $595 per person and includes all of the above, plus five nights of lodging and shuttle service between the Gunnison airport and Crested Butte. Please call 970.349.5075 ext.108 for more information or to register. Details can be found at

SkiCB.com

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March 7 – April 12, Bud Light Rocks the Boat Concert Series at Steamboat

This free music series returns for the seventh season, offering a great mixture of various musical genres. For a list of Concerts and more information, please visit

Steamboat.com

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March 8, Expression Sessions Half Pipe at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort

The series includes competitions ranging from slopestyle and halfpipe to jib jams. Prizes are awarded at each event. Competitions are open to skiers and boarders of all ages. Helmets are required and participants under 18 must have a parent present at competition. The competition will take place at Pitchfork Terrain Park and the cost is $15 per competitor. For more information, visit

DurangoMountainResort.com

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March 8, Wax n Wheels at Sunlight

This type of race is the newest Olympic sport and will make its debut at the 2010 Vancouver, winter Olympics. The Wax ‘n Wheels Rider-X provides excitement for athletes and spectators alike as competitors race down a course of bumps, huge jumps and banked corners at speeds of over 70kph, 4 at a time. With 4 skiers, boarders or mountain bikers racing at the same time at such high speeds this race will provide the thrills and spills to make it the most exciting event of the season. Registration is $10 and competitors without season passes will be able to purchase a discounted lift ticket for $40. For more information or questions visit

SunlightMtn.com

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March 14, O’ Fuego & St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Copper

Enjoy authentic Irish fare, music, spirits and plenty of green beer. The O’Fuego & St. Patrick’s Day celebration is a Colorado resort street party where Shakedown Street headlined in 2008. Cap off the night with the latest in En Fuego entertainment including a torchlight parade down the mountain and a brilliant fireworks display. More information can be found at

CopperColorado.com

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March 14, Retro Ski Day at Eldora

The Eldora Retro Ski Day is presented by the Boulder History Museum. Guests can enjoy skiing and dancing to groovy 70’s tunes, testing out Boulder trivia, and a retro costume contest with a chance to win a New Belgium bike. Please check

Eldora.com

for details.

March 14, Liptricks Not Lipstick at Echo Mountain

Presented by Sobe, Liptricks Not Lipstick at Echo is where participants can come celebrate the mountain’s birthday in true Echo fashion. This is an all-ability rail jam featuring junkyard jibs and the Burton Stair Set. Details can be found at

echomtnpark.com

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March 14 and 28, Night Skiing and Tubing at SolVista Basin

Guests will enjoy night skiing and tubing from 5-8pm. Cost is $10 per person for night skiing, $10 per person for night tubing, or $15 per person for a combo skiing/tubing ticket. Please check

SolVista.com

for more details.

March 20, Core Party at Aspen/Snowmass

The Core Party will kick off the 9th Annual Bud Light Spring Jam at Aspen/Snowmass in downtown Aspen on March 20. The Bud Light Spring Jam includes two weekends of new-school competitions, downtown concerts and parties. The festivities will go down on the weekends of March 20-22 and March 27-29. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit

AspenSnowmass.com

or call 866-572-9632.

March 21, 10th Annual KickAspen Big Air at Aspen/Snowmass

KickAspen Big Air showcases regional ski and snowboard athletes competing under the lights at the base of Aspen Mountain. Prize giveaways, a beer garden and a DJ will round out the action. For more information, please visit

AspenSnowmass.com

or call 866-572-9632.

March 21, Spring Fling Race at Wolf Creek

As part of the resort’s season long weekly Fun Race series, the Spring Fling Race is free and open to skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. The race takes place on Charisma from 11am – 1pm. Details can be fond at

WolfCreekSki.com

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March 21 and April 18, Loveland Vert Alert at Loveland

The Love Park is gearing up to Host the 6th Annual Vert Alert Terrain Park Competition again this March and April. Participants are invited to show what they’ve got in this amateur slopestyle competition. The park is undergoing a makeover just for these events and all ages and abilities are invited to participate. A $20 registration fee allows entrance into the camp, lunch from Wahoo's Fish Tacos and Mountain Dew, and an event t-shirt, not to mention the chance to win some of the $10,000 in prizes. Please visit

SkiLoveland.com

for more information.

March 22, DoJoe Uphill Downhill Race at Eldora

This will be the 8th annual memorial Uphill-Downhill telemark race at Eldora. The race is a fundraiser for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Entrance includes individual or team categories to a costume contest as well. Visit

DoJoe.org

for more information.

March 22 and 27, Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series at Aspen/Snowmass

The Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series hosted by Aspen/Snowmass debuted in November and continues through March with a series of free outdoor concerts held during key events and peak weekends throughout the season. All concerts are in unique locations between Aspen and Snowmass, giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy free outdoor music in the winter. Past performers include P.O.D., The Vandals, The Gin Blossoms, Freddy Jones Band, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, The Offspring, Unwritten Law, The Prodigals, Riddlin' Kids, Wylde Bunch and Arrested Development. For more information, please visit

AspenSnowmass.com

or call 866-572-9632.

March 26-29, NASTAR National Championship at Steamboat

For the 4th consecutive year, Steamboat will host the NASTAR National Championships, the world's largest recreational ski and snowboard race program. Previous Championships have brought nearly 4,000 racers to Steamboat, becoming the most popular events in the NASTAR program's 41-year history. This year, 1400 racers are expected in all ages and abilities from across the country. Please visit

Steamboat.com

for more information.

March 28, Schnee Tag at Aspen/Snowmass

Hold on tight for the new Schnee Tag event (pronounced Schnee Tog) on Fanny Hill at Snowmass. Teams of four are invited to create a craft that will slide down Fanny Hill and attempt to soar over a 75x20 foot pond. Each team will perform a skit before their run and will be judged on their costume theme, creativity and flight distance of their craft. For more information, please visit

AspenSnowmass.com

or call 866-572-9632.

March 28, Salomon Jib Academy at Echo Mountain

Join Echo Mountain and Salomon Skis for the Jib Academy, a global freeski tour for athletes 16 and under. Participants will ski with Salomon pros in groups all morning and then participate in a jam session for the afternoon. The tour emphasizes having fun and learning new tricks in a mellow, non intimidating atmosphere. Details can be found at

echomtnpark.com

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March 28, SlushSprocket Bike Race at Powderhorn

The SlushSprocket Annual Bike Race is a race that takes place through the spring snow. Spectators take enjoyment in watching participants try to stay on their bikes. The event is open to every brave soul and costs just $5 to enter. The winner takes home cash, prizes and glory. Details can be found at

Powderhorn.com

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March 28-29, Subaru’s Master the Mountain at Loveland

This event is dedicated to promoting a safe and enjoyable snowrider environment. It includes free mini-lessons in the Subaru Learning Lane, Nordica demos, and an insider’s look at the operations of the National Ski Patrol with an avalanche awareness and beacon training session. Participation is free to all skiers and snowboarders with a valid lift ticket. Please visit

SkiLoveland.com

for more information.

March 28-29, Men’s Weekend at Powderhorn

On this weekend, Powderhorn celebrates the dudes. Guys will receive discounts, BBQ and bar specials. Details can be found at

Powderhorn.com

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March 29, Helly Hansen Battle of the Bowls at Aspen/Snowmass

This event is hosted by Aspen/Snowmass Athlete Chris Davenport, features teams of two using Flaik GPS devices to track how skilled each duo is at skiing the many bowls of Aspen Highlands. Awards and prize money will be given to the top three teams to complete the designated course the fastest. For more information, please visit

AspenSnowmass.com

or call 866-572-9632.

March 29 – 30, Colorado Special Olympics Winter Games at Copper

The Special Olympics Winter Games mark the culmination of the winter sports season for the 550 athletes who annually participate in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating, snowshoeing and snowboarding. This season marks the 21st consecutive year Copper Mountain will host the event. Copper is proud to be the official winter training site for all Colorado-based winter Special Olympics athletes as well as the official host for the Winter Games through 2010. More information can be found at

CopperColorado.com

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APRIL

April 3-5, CoverGirl Snow Angels Invitational at Aspen/Snowmass

Aspen/Snowmass and Gretchen Bleiler have teamed up to bring guests the inaugural CoverGirl Snow Angels Invitational, featuring an all-female snowboard superpipe contest in Snowmass. For more information, please visit

AspenSnowmass.com

or call 866-572-9632.

April 3 –11, USASA Nationals at Copper

Copper has been named the host venue for the largest snowboarding and freeski event on earth - the 2009 USASA Nationals. Each year, the top regional finishers are invited to attend the USASA National Championships to compete against some of the best male and female athletes from around the country in slopestyle, superpipe, boardercross, slalom and giant slalom in their quest to become National Champions. More information can be found at

CopperColorado.com

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April 4, New Belgium Scavenger Hunt at Loveland

Participants build their teams and sign up for a day of riddles, clues, problem solving, great prizes, and New Belgium beer as they race around the mountain scoring points and having fun. This is a day to don the best costume, chase chickens, search for Bigfoot, and answer ridiculous riddles all while skiing, raising money for a local non-profit, and bonding with friends. After the hunt, guests can join for Beerlicious post party to continue celebrating with coveted awards, impromptu dancing, and a chance to win a New Belgium cruiser. Post party participation costs $10, which goes to Alliance for Sustainable Colorado. The hunt participation fee is also $10, plus ski pass or a lift ticket. Please check

SkiLoveland.com

for more information.

April 4, 4th Annual Kayaks on Snow at Monarch

This Boatercross event sends multiple kayaks down a specially constructed Boatercross course on the Freeway run. Kayakers from the Colorado and New Mexico region will be competing for prizes and bragging rights. The winner is awarded a new kayak, second place wins a cruiser bicycle, and third place receives a 2009-10 Monarch season pass. Participant registration for the event is $20. The entire event can be viewed from the base lodge deck and is free to the public. For further information go to

SkiMonarch.com

or call 888.996.7669.

April 4 - 5, Spring Blast Party at the Park at Winter Park

Celebrate the coming of spring with Winter Park Resort's Spring Blast Party at the Park presented by Snickers®. Guests can relax on the decks of Derailer Bar with drink specials and live music, enjoy the end of season blowout sales in base area shops, get free bump tips from the Winter Park Ski and Snowboard school, watch the area's best freeride competitors in rail jam competitions and demos, and watch the season finale Spring Splash. For more information, call 970.726.1564 or visit

SkiWinterPark.com

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April 11, Spring Blast Family Weekend at Winter Park

The Spring Blast Family Weekend presented by Snickers® will delight children of all ages with free fun carnival atmosphere including stilt walkers, jugglers, face painters, caricature artists and live music. The Derailer Bar offers up great food and drink specials while shops offer end-of-season sales. Other activities include free bump and tele tips from the Winter Park Ski and Ride School, free caricature drawings, face painting and jugglers in the Plaza from 12-3pm, and live music by Marty Jones in the Plaza from 12-4pm. More details can be found at

SkiWinterPark.com

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April 11, Intergalatic Pond Skim at Echo Mountain

Echo Mountain knows pond skimming. On April 11th, Echo will host the Intergalactic Pond Skim of ‘09. Echo will toss a feature into the middle to make things more interesting, and reward the best “pond skimmers” with some seriously healthy prizes. Details can be found at

echomtnpark.com

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April 11 – 12, Springalicious at Steamboat

Steamboat closes out the winter season with a party. Visitors will watch the 29th Annual SmartWool Cardboard Classic on Saturday, April 11th. The Cardboard Classic is a traditional rite of spring featuring homemade crafts constructed only from cardboard, glue, string, water-based paint, duct tape and masking tape. Crafts race down the face of Headwall to a hysterical finish. Then on Sunday, guests take part in, or just watch, the second annual Splashdown Pond Skim. The Pond Skimming competition features Steamboat's bravest skiers and riders who attempt to cross an ice-cold pond at the base of the mountain, while being judged on distance, outfit creativity and crowd response. Please visit

Steamboat.com

for more information.

April 11 - 12 & 18 – 19, Sunsation at Copper

Copper will be sizzling when Sunsation, the original end-of-season party, returns for its ninth year. Guests can enjoy bright spring sunshine, loads of snow and free live music from some amazing national acts. This spring The Wailers featuring Junior Marvin & Al Anderson, The Lee Boys, DJ Z-Trip, BoomBox and STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9, performing a live PA set) plan to headline the two weekends of free live music. More information can be found at

CopperColorado.com

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April 12, Easter Sunday – Colorado’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt at Copper

50,000 Easter Eggs will fill the Village at Copper and on the mountain this Easter Sunday at Copper. There will be an all-ages hunt on the mountain and two kids-hunts in the Village at Copper. Plus, there will be special “Copper Eggs” in each of the hunts that can be redeemed for great prizes. More information can be found at

CopperColorado.com

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April 12, Golden Bunny Classic Candy Hunt and Fun Race at Winter Park

Winter Park Willie and the Easter Bunny deliver holiday fun with an on-mountain candy hunt in Discovery Park as well as a base area egg hunt for children under 5. The "Bunny Race" has been an Easter tradition for more than 30 years for children ages 10 and under. For more details, call 970.726.1564 or visit

SkiWinterPark.com

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April 12, Beach’N Egg Hunt at Arapahoe Basin

The Easter Bunny visits A-basin at noon for an Easter Egg Hunt on skis. Both skiing and non-skiing children can participate. Egg hunts take place on Molly Hogan and Wrangler for those that do ski. For more information, visit

ArapahoeBasin.com

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April 12, 3rd Annual Parking Lot Cook-off and Tailgate Party at Monarch

Closing day at Monarch means fun times at The Cook-off in the Lot. Individuals and restaurants set up tailgate parties in the parking lot. Prizes, including a 2009-10 season pass, are awarded for best food and best décor. This is a fun but competitive event for participants and people who like to eat. For more information, visit

SkiMonarch.com

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April 15, 20th Annual Enduro at Arapahoe Basin

A-Basin offers an endurance race of great caliber: skiers and riders take laps 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. without stopping. All proceeds from the event benefit a local charity. For more information, visit

ArapahoeBasin.com

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April 25, Last Park Standing at Echo Mountain

Echo Mountain's grand finale late-season park comp and party will feature major cash prizing for the pro slopestyle and plenty of product for the amateur rail jam. Sponsor village will also be booming with live music, great food, and more. Details can be found at

echomtnpark.com

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April 25, 7th Annual Marmot Grind at Arapahoe Basin

Athletes skin uphill on a challenging course and race down to the finish. Race category vertical is approximately 4,500 ft, recreational 2,000ft. For more information, visit

ArapahoeBasin.com

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April 26, 7th Annual Corn Harvest, CAIC Benefit at Loveland

Loveland Ski Area hosts the 7th annual Corn Harvest benefit ski party for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Participants will enjoy New Belgium Beer, raffles, and a fun day of skiing all for a good cause. The entrance price of $60 includes a lift ticket or partygoers can pay $30 if they already have a season pass or ticket. Please visit

SkiLoveland.com

for more information.

MAY

May 2, 6th Annual Huck, Rock & Roll at Arapahoe Basin

A-Basin’s Treeline Terrain Park will host an amateur slopestyle competition for snowboarders and freeskiers who are not quite ready to call it quits. For more information, visit

ArapahoeBasin.com

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May 24, 8th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs at Arapahoe Basin

Join A-Basin for their largest party of the year and spend the day sampling mugs of beer from a variety of Summit County brewpubs. Visitors can expect great live music by an ‘80s band and springtime skiing. For more information, visit

ArapahoeBasin.com

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