What’s Going on in Ski Country Jan. 5-8
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Big Beers Festival

Jan. 5-7: Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywine Festival, Breckenridge, Colo.

Three days of learning about and tasting Belgians, Barleywines (an intense type of beer), strong ales, and experimental brews, plus enjoying Breck’s fun-loving town vibe and sprawling 2,908 skiable acres across five awesome peaks. Sounds good to us.

Jan. 6–8: World’s Largest Ski Lesson, various venues

A handful of snowports industry groups, including the National Ski Patrol and the National Ski Areas Association, band together every year to organize simultaneous group ski and snowboard lessons at 80 resorts around the U.S. and Canada. Notable events take place at Windham Mountain, N.Y., Seven Springs, Penn., Steamboat, Colo., Wachusett, Mass., and many more. Find details and venues here:

Jan. 6-8: Subaru WinterFest, Snowbird, Utah

Snowbird is hosting a weekend of live music, free product demos and giveaways, and a chance to test the latest gear and equipment from Nordica, Under Armour, Klean Kanteen, and more. Not in Utah this weekend? Find a WinterFest near you at

Jan. 7: Cats and Dogs, Squaw Alpine, Calif.

Peek behind the controls of a groomer and find out how the dedicated men and women of Squaw’s mountain ops team prep the slopes for guests daily, then meet the avy dogs and their handlers during this behind-the-scenes event.

Jan. 7–8: 24 Hours of Stratton, Stratton, Vt.

Ski 24 hours straight for this fundraiser event benefiting the fight against hunger. Skiers—either in teams or as individuals—ride Stratton from Saturday into Sunday. Trails are lit, fireworks are set off, and diehards come together to benefit a good cause. We like the sound of that.

Jan. 7–8: USASA Slopestyle Competition, Copper Mountain, Colo.

A qualifier event for the USASA Nationals in April, the Slopestyle competition is always exciting to watch thanks to courses packed with rails, jumps, and other gravity-defying features.

Jan. 8: Youth Pay Your Age Day, Mount Snow, Vt.

This is as simple—and awesome—as it sounds. Kids 18 and under pay their age. Only available at the ticket window on the day of the event.

Jan. 8: Children’s Festival Week, Sugarloaf, Maine

The popular family-friendly fest kicks off this weekend with a welcome party, fireworks, a parade, live music, S’mores, and horse-and-carriage rides.



New Hot Spot Eateries

A delicious meal after a banner day on the slopes is one of the ski life’s greatest pleasures. Scoring a table at the town hot spot? Bonus. Put these new and newish mountain eateries on your dining hit list this season. You won’t go hungry.

Beaver Creek Culinary Fest Grand Tasting

The Perfect Pair

Wintertime culinary celebrations combine skiers’ two favorite things: food and skiing. It’s a match made in heaven. Or at least in your favorite on-mountain kitchen.