Carry a Torch for Christmas

In these parts, Christmas on the slopes always has a nice ring: the powder, the icicles, the lights and the nightlife – they’re all part of the total holiday experience that Colorado’s mountain resorts work overtime to help create. But there’s nothing more spectacular than a torchlight parade down a mountain blanketed in snow and darkness, especially when there are fireworks included for the cherry on top. At Copper Mountain (, tonight’s torchlight does a tango with the resort’s winterlong En Fuego celebration, which means there’ll be fire performers, bonfires and entertainment on Burning Stones Plaza, along with the classic parade-and-fireworks combo. The jolly old man himself will carve Copper’s slopes during the day, as well. You can also spot Santa on skis from noon to 3 p.m. at Gorrono Ranch in Telluride (, where torchlight festivities follow after dark. And skiers will hold torches aloft as they snake down the mountains tonight at Crested Butte ( and Winter Park ( Share the wealth.

For more information on holiday events in the Colorado mountains, visit Colorado Ski Country at It’s a magical portal to all the haps, now and all winter long.
Wed., Dec. 24, 2008

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