Come out of the closet, gapers! Hot pink and electric blue ski and snowboard gear from the 1980s lives forever thanks to events like tonight's 8th annual 80s Ski Party at Mile High Station, 2027 West Lower Colfax Avenue, where they won't even let you through the door unless the bouncer needs sunglasses to size up your style.
Doors open at 8 p.m. and it's worth it to be fashionably early: The $50 ticket, which benefits The Endeavor for Physical and Intellectual Challenges (E.P.I.C.) Foundation and First Descents, also includes free beer until the kegs run out. And if you don't have a gaper closet of your own to come out of, get your last-minute shop on at the Goodwill locations at 21 South Broadway and 5000 Leetsdale Drive, where they've stockpiled enough neon ski stock to burn your retinas.
More weekend stoke after the jump...
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On your marks, gets set... Boo! If you really want to scare some kids, swing by the Scream Scram 5K first for some 80s Ski Party preconditioning training in Washington Park: Costumes are encouraged when the race starts at 6 p.m., and there are costume-contest prizes for Best Family, Best Individual, Best Group, Best Child, Best Pet, and Best Scream Team (we happen to think a Hot Tub Time Machine posse could take the prize). The $40 race day registration fee benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. "Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn." That ski sweater is growing on you, isn't it? Might as well go ahead and put all that 80s ski gear to its intended purpose: Blinding your fellow skiers and shredders while you quote lines from Better Off Dead. Both Loveland and Arapahoe Basin are officially open for business as of last week, and word has it both will be opening additional runs this weekend (Spillway at Loveland and Ramrod at A-Basin). Don't order the redrum! For even more 80s-inspired terror, check out the free Halloween Carnival on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, and splurge the extra $15 to take the History and Hauntings tour or $50 for the nighttime Ghost Hunt, lead by an "experienced paranormal investigator" well-versed in the lore that inspired Stephen King's book The Shining. Book a room at StanleyHotel.com and turn the TV to channel 42: In a terrifyingly inspired marketing gimmick, the hotel runs Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film adaptation on an endless loop.