What to Do on Colorado's Ski Slopes: January 2016
With the turning of the calendar, the juiciest part of Colorado's winter snow sports season is upon us. All of the resorts are now open — and a few are really cranking with the recent storms. And there is plenty to do in the high country. You can read about what's new at each resort in the Arts section of westword.com; each description lays out what's new, what the signature experience is at each resort, what to splurge on, how to go cheap and, of course, what to drink. In the meantime, here is what's coming in January.
January 4-9: 31st Annual Musicfest, Steamboat. Bringing the finest Texas and Americana music to Colorado for a full week of sport and song. Eighteen bands will perform over six days in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Featuring free après-ski concerts, evening concerts and special engagements throughout the week, with more than forty live performances from an increasingly diverse lineup of artists with styles ranging from country to rock, blues to bluegrass, folk and Western swing, and everything in between (steamboat.com).
January 5: 7 a.m. Rise & Shine Rando Series, Arapahoe Basin (arapahoebasin.com).
January 9: Safety Day, Monarch. Learn more about skier and snowboarder safety during National Safety Month (skimonarch.com).
January 9: College Day, Silverton. Two-for-one guided skiing with valid college student ID (silvertonmountain.com).
January 11-14: 11th annual STARS All-Mountain Adaptive Ski Camp. The STARS All-Mountain Adaptive Ski Camp combines instructor and volunteer training, adaptive ski clinics, and a backcountry powdercat trip with Steamboat Powdercats for adults with disabilities. We are anticipating increased participating this year, with around twenty disabled participants, including special guests (steamboatstars.com).
January 13-16: Ullr Fest, Breckenridge. Ullr Fest is celebrating 53 years, and Breckenridge invites snow lovers of all ages to join the party. Expect to see horned Viking hats adorning the heads of skiers and snowboarders, Ullympic competitors flinging frying pans for prizes, more than 12,000 Ullr enthusiasts filling the streets for the Ullr Parade, and crazy float participants skiing off jumps on Main Street or gliding along town in a hot tub. In Norse mythology, Ullr (pronounced Oool-er) was the winter god. He was the son of Sif and the stepson of Thor, the “God of Thunder.” Ullr loved the cold, and delighted in traveling over the country on his skis or skates. He also delighted in the chase, and pursued his game through the Northern Forests (breckenridge.com).
January 13-17: Mountain High Music Festival, Crested Butte. The Mountain High Music Festival proudly presents a diverse lineup of the world’s best performers along with the most buzzed-about, up-and-coming talent for an eclectic mix of mile-high musical performances (skicb.com).
January 15-17: Telluride Fire Festival, Telluride. The annual nonprofit Telluride Fire Festival made its debut in January 2015 with dynamic art performances each evening on the public plaza in Mountain Village and on Telluride’s historic Main Street — FREE to all. This year we expect to step it up a notch. Don’t miss the fiery art (tellurideskiresort.com)!
January 16-15: Winterfest, Purgatory. All of our amazing winter activities packed into one fantastic weekend! Try snowshoeing, ice climbing, a horse-drawn sleigh ride or a dog-sledding tour, plus the tubing hill and special activities for kids (purgatoryresort.com).
January 16-17: NSAA Skier Safety Village, Arapahoe Basin. Join us in the Safety Village in the base area to celebrate NSAA’s Skier Safety Week Saturday, January 16, and Sunday, January 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet the Arapahoe Basin Avalanche Dogs in the Safety Village while learning more about safety on the mountain (arapahoebasin.com).
January 16-17: Copper Mountain Safety Fest. Copper is proud to recognize and support the National Ski Area Associations’ Safety Awareness Week with Copper’s Safety Fest, featuring a month of safe skiing and riding education, demonstrations and giveaways (coppercolorado.com).
January 18: 42nd Annual Bud Light ProRodeo Cowboy Downhill, Steamboat. Sponsored by Bud Light, the Cowboy Downhill is always scheduled to coincide with the National Western Stock Show in Denver, and the action busts out of the starting chutes at 1 p.m. on Stampede. After the race, kick up your boots with a free concert as part of the Bud Light Rocks the Boat Concert Series (steamboat.com).
January 19: 7 a.m. Rise & Shine Rando Series, Arapahoe Basin (arapahoebasin.com).
January 20-22: SKADI Fest, Vail. Gather your girlfriends and join in on female-specific ski demos, customized lessons and events. Vail Mountain presents ‘SKADI Fest,’ a first-annual Women’s Weekend featuring equipment demo and expo village, guided ski-school experience with female instructors and VIP events, all taking place in Lionshead. All necessary ingredients for a fabulous, exclusive, women’s-only event in Vail included. Skadi (pronounced ‘Scotty’) was the Norse goddess of winter. In essence, this will be a gathering of skiing goddesses, near and far (vail.com).
January 22-24: Burton Mountain Festival, Keystone. Everyone’s invited to the Burton Mountain Festival and Party In Your Park rail jam! Come experience free demos and receive some tips on what to try. Have a little Ripper between the ages of 3-6 years? Bring him or her to the Burton Demo Village to pick up gear and meet their Riglet instructor for their first snowboard experience. The Riglet Park is the place for your youngest to learn how to balance and experience the sport. All guests can participate in the Party In Your Park on-snow contest on Saturday and enjoy après and entertainment at the Last Lift Bar with The Swing Crew (keystoneresort.com).
January 22-23: Winter Bluegrass Weekend, Keystone. Celebrating its fourth year, Keystone’s Winter Bluegrass Weekend brings acoustic roots and mountain culture to benefit the Dercum Center. Two nights of stacked concerts star amazing string bands and a lineup to marvel! Familiar favorites like the Pine Beatles and the Haunted Windchimes, along with other big names in the industry, such as Finnders and Youngberg, the RailSplitters, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses and more, inspire listeners with blends of foot-stomping, new and old-time bluegrass. Learn more about the beneficiary at dercumcenter.com; info at keystoneresort.com.
January 23: WinterBike, Copper Mountain. 4th Annual Night Race & Fat Bike Demos. Slip, slide and ride at the night mountain-bike race sponsored by Cloud City Wheelers and Copper Mountain. $20 registration fee supports the Wheelers’ education and advocacy efforts, as well as activities promoting health and recreation. No wheels? You can demo or use a rental for the race! Don’t forget your helmet and headlamp. Make it a family affair with the kids’ FREE fun-rides LittleBike and, new this year, JuniorBike. Prizes for the best flair and decked-out bike (coppercolorado.com)!
January 23: Full Moon at Ten Peak, Crested Butte. Take a self-guided ski or snowshoe tour to the top of Ten Peaks and warm up by the fire at the Umbrella Bar. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner under the moonlight, including fondue, salad, soup or chili, desert and one complimentary wine or beer (additional beverages available for purchase). Advance tickets on sale at the Adventure Center for $30 (skicb.com).
January 24: Telemark Festival, Monarch (skimonarch.com).
January 25-27: STARS & Stripes Heroes Week, Steamboat. The STARS & Stripes Heroes week bring to Ski Town, U.S.A.® veterans with disabilities to participate in a weeklong adaptive camp. Steamboat STARS provides on-snow instruction, equipment and support to ensure that every participant in this camp is lifted up and challenged, and that no one is left behind because of their adaptive ability (steamboat.com).
January 26-February 7: Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Competition, Breckenridge. Watch as teams from around the world each work to turn twenty tons of snow into incredible works of art within just a few days. You’ll learn about the process of snow sculpting, how the teams came to be, where their design inspiration comes from, and more. As a spectator you’ll also get a chance to vote for the People’s Choice winner (breckenridge.com).
January 27-31: Fat Bike Worlds, Crested Butte. The first-ever Fat Bike World Championships will feature a Fat Bike conference, a vendor showcase, demos and three days of Fat Bike races and fun. This is a weekend bike enthusiasts do not want to miss! Visit the event website at cbchamber.com/events/fat-bike/ for more information (skicb.com).
January 28-31: 2016 X Games Aspen, Buttermilk. Aspen Snowmass presents X Games Aspen at the end of January, with live coverage from Buttermilk on ESPN and ABC (aspensnowmass.com).
January 29-31: USASA Rocky Mountian Series SBX (snowboardcross) competition, Ski Cooper (skicooper.com.)
January 30: Mary Jane’s 40th Birthday Bash, Winter Park. Help us celebrate our favorite lady’s 40th birthday! Activities at the base of Mary Jane and Winter Park will keep the party going all day long (winterparkresort.com).
January 30: Rail Jam, Purgatory. We’re bringing the Snowdown Rail Jam to Purgatory Resort this year! Come check out the best amateur talent in the area as they show off their skills (purgatoryresort.com)!
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