Gay Ski Week, women's workshops, Special Olympics and other ways to plan a powder day

Hard to believe, since it feels like summer in Denver today, but every ski area in Colorado got snow last night -- with totals ranging from three inches to fifteen inches -- and there's more on the way. "On Saturday morning, a heavy band of snow will likely move across the state," predicts meteorologist Joel Gratz, over at OpenSnow.com. "This snow band, forced by the jet stream, will likely bring heavy snow to most areas." Enticing, right? Read on for some of the best ways to march into March in the mountains.

See also: Get the Edge on winter fun in Colorado!

Ladies first! Keystone's female instructors are hosting a two-day, ladies-only Betty Fest ski workshop this weekend for $265 (lift tickets not included), featuring full-day coaching, video analysis and lunch.

Pow! Wolf Creek got nine inches of new snow last night and that's just the start of it: The San Juan Mountains are going to bear the brunt of this weekend's storm. We recommend taking this opportunity to try Wolf Creek's Horseshoe Bowl Snowcat Shuttle (free with lift ticket) to get to the good stuff. On Saturday the mountain is also offering a Ladies Ski & Board Clinic with a $69 lift ticket + two-hour lesson package, and hosting a free Fun Race open to skiers and riders of all ages and ability levels.

Did somebody say free? The Subaru Winterfest at Winter Park on Saturday and Sunday features free demos from Nordica and LibTech, free ski and snowboard clinics starting at 10 a.m., free avalanche-beacon training all day with members of the National Ski Patrol, free hot chocolate and coffee from Starbucks, and a (free) Freeride Experience skills course. Show off your Subaru car key for even more free stuff.

Come on out! Telluride's ten-day Gay Ski Week concludes this weekend, and the mountain got ten inches of fresh powder last night in case you need extra incentive. The main event -- Saturday's Telluride AIDS Benefit -- is sold out, but there's still plenty of fun to be had as the party spills out into the rest of the town. Don't miss the close-out après-ski bash at the Hotel Madeline's Smak Bar on Sunday.

Microbrews! Need some new planks now that we're having one hell of a good snow season to justify the purchase? A trio of made-in-the-USA companies will be demoing their small-batch wares on Saturday at Monarch Mountain: Try Crested Butte's Cold Smoke Splitboards, Salida's Albritton Skis and Portland, Oregon's ON3P Skis. Afterwards, head to the on-mountain Sidewinder Saloon to sample actual microbrews from locals like Salida's Elevation Beer Co.

Off to the races! Special Olympics Colorado hosts its 26th annual Winter Games on Sunday at Copper Mountain, with athlete and volunteer registration beginning at 7 a.m. and the opening parade starting at 9:30 a.m. by the rock-climbing wall in Copper Village. Apline skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoe events will be held at different venues around the mountain, followed by a 4:30 p.m. dance party and 6:30 p.m. torchlight parade and fireworks.

Think ahead! Still haven't gotten your season-pass situation sorted out? Eldora's starting its $269 2014-2015 season pass sale on Monday March 3 and, as a tidy bonus, it's also good for the rest of this season. Score!

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Colin Bane
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