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What to Do on Colorado Ski Slopes in January

Kids learning to ski at Vail.
Kids learning to ski at Vail.
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There's no shortage of snow in the mountains — and no shortage of fun events at Colorado's ski resorts. Bargains abound in January, which is officially Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month. Keep reading for more events across Colorado:

January 6: Skier Appreciation Day, Sunlight Mountain. $20 lift tickets for all; proceeds benefit United Way of Garfield County.

January 7: Snow Mountain Ranch Classic Race, 7.5k and 15k, $20 to $45. Get information at snowmountainranch.org.

January 7-8: Colorado Mountain Mushers at Snow Mountain Ranch.

January 8: College Day, Silverton Mountain. College students get two-for-one guided skiing. Make reservations at 970-387-5706 or silvertonmountain.com.

January 10: Aspen Snowmass SkiMo Race Series #2, Aspen Highlands. The three-race SkiMo Race Series returns for its second race, this time at Aspen Highlands. (aspensnowmass.com)

January 12-15: 2017 Wintersköl, Aspen Mountain. The 66th Wintersköl brings four days of celebration, with snow sculptures, fireworks, an evening torchlight descent, a canine fashion show, fat-bike races, après ski parties and more. (aspensnowmass.com)

January 14-15: Safety Fest, Copper Mountain. Copper supports the National Ski Area Association’s Safety Awareness Week with the annual SafetyFest, featuring a weekend of safe skiing and riding education, demonstrations and giveaways. (coppercolorado.com)

January 14-16: Winterfest, Purgatory. Find out more at purgatoryresort.com.

Keep reading for more events this month.

Yeehah! The Cowboy Downhill is an annual event in Steamboat.
Yeehah! The Cowboy Downhill is an annual event in Steamboat.

January 15-16: Cowboy Downhill sponsored by Bud Light in Steamboat. Watch as 100-plus professional rodeo cowboys compete in this one-of-a-kind ski rodeo. Afterward, kick up your boots at a free concert courtesy of the Bud Light Rocks the Boat Concert Series. (steamboat.com)

January 17: Cosmic Mountaineering Race, Wolf Creek (wolfcreekski.com).

January 18: United Way Day, Wolf Creek, $55 lift tickets to benefit United Way. (wolfcreekski.com)

January 20-22: Telluride Fire Festival, Telluride. (telluridefirefestival.org)

January 21: Ugly Sweater Ski, Copper Mountain. Grab the family and your worst holiday sweaters, and see who can do the most laps. Then stick around for awards and post-race festivities. (coppercolorado.com)

January 22: College Day, Wolf Creek, $44 adult lift ticket with valid college photo ID and printed current class schedule. (wolfcreekski.com)

January 26-29: X Games Aspen, Buttermilk Mountain. See more than 200 of the world’s best athletes in the disciplines of ski, snowboard and snowmobile throw down over four action-packed days of competition. Includes live music performances and interactive festival village elements (xgames.espn.com)

January 26-29: Inaugural Gay Ski Weekend, Purgatory. (purgatoryresort.com)

January 28: Mary Jane’s Birthday Bash, Mary Jane/Winter Park. Mary Jane celebrates her 41st birthday with ctivities for the whole family, including Mary Jane’s Mogul Duel, live music, swag giveaways and birthday cookies. (winterparkresort.com)

January 29-February 3: Disabled Veteran’s Winter Adventure Week, Telluride. The Telluride Adaptive Sports Program offers free travel, lodging and program expenses to any U.S. service member who has been disabled as a result of an incident occurring while serving in the U.S. military. The week includes individualized adaptive ski or snowboard lessons. Space is limited; call 970-728-3524 to reserve a spot. Travel dates are January 29 and February 3. (tellurideadaptivesports.org)

For updates, see our calendar.

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