There's no business like snow business, and a visit to any of Colorado's mountains will show why. They're enjoying such record snowfall that some have already announced extensions to their season. But in the meantime, there's plenty to do on the slopes in February:
February 4: Ski Spree Mountain Treasure Hunt & Chili Cook-off, Sunlight Mountain and Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs. Find out more at sunlightmtn.com.
February 4: Shred Cancer, Powderhorn. Shred for a cause! This loosely judged contest is all about having fun and getting creative.
February 8-12: 104th Winter Carnival, Steamboat Springs. Highlights include racing, ski-jumping, ski-joring, the country’s only skiing high-school band, and a spectacular night show with a fireworks display. Find out more at steamboatwintercarnival.com.
February 11: LuvByrd is hosting another edition of Chairlift Speed Dating at Loveland. Find out more here.
February 11: Fat Bike Roundup, Snow Mountain Ranch. Get the details at snowmountainranch.org.
February 12-16: 35th anniversary Telluride Women’s Ski & Wellness Week. The ultimate ski and yoga retreat, combining yoga, meditation, wellness speakers and après fun with expert ski instruction. Find out more at tellurideskiresort.com
February 14: 25th Annual Valentine’s Day Mountaintop Matrimony, Loveland. New couples are joined in matrimony and married couples renew their vows in a mass wedding at 12,050 feet. A Honeymooners’ Après Party follows the ceremony at Loveland Basin with music, wedding cake, spirits and even a best-dressed contest. Pre-register online at skiloveland.com to receive the Marry Me Ski for Free 2-for-1 lift-ticket special.
February 17: 10th Mountain Division Ski-In, Ski Cooper. Honor the men who laid the foundations of the ski resort industry and fought valiantly in WWII. Several surviving vets will be at Cooper to represent the 10th. Includes a ski parade around noon.
February 17-20: PrezFest, Beaver Creek. Celebrate Presidents’ Day with a parade, live music on the plaza, and a PrezFest cast of characters leading kids’ activities.
February 18-19: Sixth Annual WinterBike, Copper Mountain. Part of the Leadville winter mountain-bike series. Competitors ride into the night for this cross-country mountain race. Includes fat-bike demos and free fun rides for the kids.
February 18: Cannonball Run, Powderhorn. Participants race to see how many laps they can complete down Cannonball in an all-day race. The winner receives a winter pass for the 2017-2018 season.
February 22-27: Wells Fargo Ski Cup Benefiting National Sports Center for the Disabled. The longest-running professional ski race in the country comprises three races: the Corporate Challenge, the Kids of Wells Fargo Ski Cup and the World Disabled Invitational. Other events include a silent auction, tubing to raise funds, and the Ski for NSCD pledge drive. Find out more at winterparkresort.com.
February 23-28: Steamboat Mardi Gras. Free concerts, parades, a Cajun crawfish boil, a Mardi Gras party and more. Fat Tuesday brings an all-day celebration with a snow-sculpture contest, restaurant specials, and plenty of beads to go around. Find out more at steamboat.com.
February 24-26: WinterWonderGrass, Steamboat. Music and brews combine to deliver an authentic Colorado gathering celebrating bluegrass and craft beer. Includes a free welcome party, farm-to-table dinner, mid-mountain sessions and music and libation workshops. Get the details at winterwondergrass.com.
February 25: Barnelopet Race, hosted by Sons of Norway at Snow Mountain Ranch.
February 25: So-Gnar Snowboard Camp Tour, Powderhorn. The only independent snowboard camp tour that travels to snow communities around North America. Find out more at snowboardcamptour.com.
February 25: Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering, Aspen. A premier endurance race series for both elite and recreational athletes, utilizing the terrain of all four Aspen Snowmass mountains. Get more info at aspensnowmass.com.
February 25: Talons Challenge, Beaver Creek. For the 14th year, Talons Challenge will showcase the best steeps Beaver Creek has to offer. Conquer all 14 runs and earn your spot on the Talons Wall-of-Fame. Register early, as space is limited to the first 1,250 registrants. Find out more at beavercreek.com/talons.
February 25-March 4: Telluride Gay Ski Week. Get all the details at telluridegayski.com.
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February 25-26: CarniVail, Vail. A tribute to traditional Mardi Gras events with a Rocky Mountain twist, including an on-mountain crawfish boil, Cajun-themed après and after-dark parties and more.
February 25-26: Colorado Mountain Mushers at Snow Mountain Ranch.
February 26-March 4: Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships, Vail. Olympic-level slopestyle and halfpipe snowboarding competitions, plus free live concerts from headliner acts and more. Fine out more at vail.com/burton.