Whether you ski or not, Colorado’s ski resorts put on fabulous springtime, slopeside parties that are worth a trip to the mountains. Nearly every resort has some sort of spring festival; some mountains host bands and others host competitions such as the Cardboard Classic in Steamboat Springs.
The Cardboard Classic, held during Steamboat’s Springalicious Festival, is a competition wherein teams build cardboard contraptions to get themselves down the mountain, and people get very creative. I’ve seen everything from a huge cardboard boat to a cardboard Volkswagen bug.
A number of years ago, I competed in the Cardboard Classic with some friends. We built a shotski and each of us were a different type of shot.
The Springalicious Festivals runs the first two weekends in April and you’ll find great lodging deals during the event that includes bands, a pond skimming competition and more.
There’s always a party going on in Breckenridge, but Spring Fever in Breckenridge takes it to another level. It’s several weeks of events that concludes in a huge end of season celebration on April 17, 2016 (details TBA).
In Crested Butte they ring in spring with a party on April 2-3, 2016. This includes a pond skim contest and live music.
A favorite of many longtime Coloradans, Winter Park Ski Resort’s Springtopia is a month long festival that feature free concerts as well as ticketed events.One of Colorado’s biggest electronic dance music festivals (Minus Zero Music Festival) kicks off the month long celebration with 15 DJs playing April 2-3, 2016.
A-Basin, a Colorado ski resort that prides itself on staying open longer than nearly every other ski destination in the Rockies, starts it’s free Spring Concert Series on April 30 and it runs through May 21.
Other slopeside shenanigans take place throughout May such as the brand new Colorado’s Largest Swimwear Parade on Skies. A-Basin is going to try to break a record for the largest swimwear parade on skis. If any HeidiTown citizens participate, I want photos!