What to Do on Colorado Ski Slopes in December

There's finally snow on Colorado slopes — and people are heading to the hills to take advantage of it. They can also take advantage of some special deals; for example, kids under five at Arapahoe Basin, the first mountain to open this year, can ski free. (Get all the details at Here are more deals and events at resorts this month:

December 1-23: Colorado Family Ski Month, Keystone. A month-long celebration, including family-sized adventures, the World’s Largest Snow Fort, Bigfoot Adventure Walks, skiing under the stars, fireworks, village parades, Colorado-themed Kidtopia activities and more.

December 1: Outdoor Divas Women’s Demo Day, Loveland.

December 1: Winter Stoke Film Fest, 7 p.m., Vaudeville Theatre, Glenwood Springs: Warren Miller’s Here, There & Everywhere.

December 2: Opening Day, Telluride

December 3: Summit for Life Uphill Race, Aspen Mountain. Strap on a headlamp and race up 3,000 vertical feet to the top of Aspen Mountain.

December 3: 34th Annual Chef’s Cup at West Portal Station, Winter Park. Grand County’s finest restaurants donate their time and talent in this competition; a silent auction benefits the Winter Park Ski Education Foundation.

December 3-4: Colorado Demo Days, Copper Mountain. Celebrate our great state with Colorado-grown skis, boards, beers and bands.

December 4: College Day, Wolf Creek, $44 adult lift ticket with valid college photo ID and printed current class schedule.

December 8: Winter Stoke Film Fest, 7 p.m., Crystal Theatre, Carbondale: Level 1’s Pleasure.

December 8-11: Dew Tour, Breckenridge. The Dew Tour returns to Breckenridge with a newly revamped winter ski and snowboard competition.

December 9: Opening Day, Sunlight Mountain.

December 9-11: Vail Snow Daze, Vail. Celebrate the start of winter with snow, sponsor expo village, demos, après and free concerts.

December 9-11: 70th Anniversary Weekend, Arapahoe Basin.

December 10: Opening Day, Ski Cooper.

December 10: LuvByrd Chairlift Speed Dating, Loveland. LuvByrd, the online dating site for outdoor enthusiasts, hosts a chairlift speed-dating event and after-party. Discount tickets available for those who pre-register.

December 10-11: Ski/Board Demo Days, Eldora.

December 11-17: U.S. Grand Prix, Copper Mountain. The world’s best snowboarders and freeskiers hit the 22-foot Superpipe in pursuit of World Cup points and $400k in prize money.

Keep reading for more events in December.

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Colin Bane
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