Endurance races? Daredevil antics? Disco ice skating? Colorado resorts have some serious fun planned as they say goodbye to the season. Here’s where to go and what to expect for closing day across the state.
March 11–April 6
Bring your kids to Springfest on the Plaza, two fun-filled family-friendly weeks filled with performances, contests, parades, magic shows, comedy acts, juggling, live theater, fireworks, carnival activities, buskers, crafts and even a disco skate night.
Steamboat’s Springalicious Festival includes the Cardboard Classic, where cardboard creations race down Stampede. Then try to make it across the pond at the annual Splashdown Pond Skim (costumes welcome!). Tip: Try to catch the last night of the Bud Light Rocks the Boat concert series, featuring Robert Randolph and the Family Band.
April 6, 8
Bust a move at the KOTO-FM Street Dance, from West Colorado Avenue to Fir Street, with beer, wine and mixed drinks to keep you hydrated. At the “Pink” costume party, enter to win a trip to Fiji. Then join in on pond skimming and live music at Telluride’s Closing Day Pond Skim.
April 7 and 14
The second annual Eldora Trick Ditch Banked Slalom snowboard skills contest, presented by 10 Barrel Brewing Co., returns this year, as does the annual Retro Weekend. Wear your best ’80s attire and rock your way to the gold with live music and plenty of beer. The following weekend, don your favorite beach outfit and say “Aloha” to Eldora’s Spring Luau and Pond Skim, a day of beach-style partying.
For more than 50 years, the Loveland Ski Club has hosted the Loveland Derby, North America’s largest—and oldest—amateur race. The festivities include two days of competitions, costumes, barbecue and fun.
Ring in spring at Keystone’s annual Slush Cup where you’re encouraged to pond skim in style, dressed in your favorite costume, for a chance at prizes. Kids can get in on the action, too, at the Kidtopia kids pond.
Test your endurance at the 29th Annual Enduro & Après Party. Partner up with 35 teams and take laps up the Pallavicini chair and ski or ride down the mountain for 10 hours. Want a less intensive day? The Enduro Light offers a noncompetitive tour of A-Basin. And live music, a silent auction and an Italian dinner await you in the A-Frame.
Take a ride on the wild side with Copper’s seventh annual Red Bull Slopesoakers contest, part slopestyle rail jam and part pond skim. But save energy for the third annual Retro Shred-A-Thon. Join the High Fives Foundation and Phunkshun Wear as they raise money for injured mountain athletes. Hint: Wear your best throwback gear.
The annual Spring Back to Vail festival promises the World Pond Skimming Championships, après parties, ski and snowboard demos, an expo, live concerts, the Bud Light Bags Tournament and much more.
Schneetag (pronounced Sch-knee Tog). That means “snow day” in German—or, as Aspen likes to say, “daredevils willing to propel themselves down a hill, over a jump and across a pond in a craft they built themselves.” Get in groups of four and pick a theme that will guide your skit before making the descent during this 10th annual event.
First up for Breck’s spring weekend is the 27th annual Imperial Challenge. For this pseudo triathlon, bike 6 miles from the Breckenridge Rec Center to the base of Peak 7, then choose your mode of transportation up to the top of the T-bar or Peak 8. See if you sink or swim at the Breck Plunge pond skim, then enjoy live music, food and drinks. Bring your craziest costume.
At the Monster Energy Spring Splash, watch competitors try to make it through the Larry Sale trail race course obstacles and across an icy pond to the finish line. Race to win cash prizes and cool swag.