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Steamboat Springs
Edgemont is situated on a landmark location just steps from the mountain village with 360 degree views of the ski slopes, Yampa Valley, Sleeping Giant and the Flat Tops.

Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs is located in the heart of Rocky Mountain ski country, where pristine mountains and natural hot springs combine to create a wintertime paradise. Sunlight Mountain Resort, the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and Glenwood Caverns

Destinations West
Winter Park
Winter Park lodging at it's finest, that is what you can expect in a vacation rental from Destinations West, located in Winter Park, Colorado. From private homes, to town homes and duplexes, we have just the right lodging options for you

Ski Cooper
Come ski the difference at Ski Cooper in Leadville. An exciting and affordable alternative to the hustle and bustle of the big, expensive resorts nearby.

Ouray Chamber Resort
(800) 228-1876
Ouray has been a special destination of world travelers for more than 100 years.

Snowmass Hospitality

From premier ski-in, ski-out luxury condominiums to budget minded lodging, Snowmass Hospitality delivers the perfect vacation experience to our guests.

Bear Claw Condominiums
Steamboat Springs
Premier ski-in/ski-out location. Impeccable guest services.

Town of Snowmass Village
Snowmass Village is the premier multi-season, family-oriented Rocky Mountain destination resort in Colorado.

Gunnison-Crested Butte
The heart and soul of the rugged Rocky Mountains in Southwest Colorado. If you're looking for something unpretentious, authentic and a stark contrast from the ordinary, you'll be happy to get to know us!

Christiania at Vail

Offering a variety of excellent properties in the best Vail Village locations.

Granby Chamber
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Granby, Colorado is truly the heart of something grand.

Aspen Square
617 E. Cooper,
The Condominium Hotel an the Heart of Aspen.

Summit Stage
(970) 668-0999
Connecting Breckenridge with neighboring resorts of Keystone and Copper Mountain as well as the towns of Silverthorne, Frisco and Dillon and runs continually from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM all year. Summit Stage buses depart regularly from the Breckenridge and Frisco Stations, along with many other key locations throughout the county year round.

Ramada Limited
888.671.6311 970.668.8783
Frisco - Copper Mtn
Clean, affordable accommodations.

Antlers At Vail

Wonderful Accommodations with Killer Views.

Winter Park
Fraser Valley Chamber

This is our open space. Come get yours. World class views, national parks, skiing, snowboarding, music fests, and more!

Loveland Ski Area
Just 53 miles from Denver, locals love Loveland for its deep snow, expansive terrain, friendly, low-key atmosphere, lack of lift lines, free slope side parking and separate beginner area offering an unintimidating learning environment.

Town of Frisco
The town of Frisco may be small but it's chock full of fun, inviting, worry-free adventures with new discoveries at every turn.

Rifle Chamber

Rifle's downtown features antique shops, fine dining, and historic museums. The area surrounding Rifle is rich with wildlife and gold medal streams that provide some of the best elk hunting and fly fishing in Colorado.

Crested ButteMountain Resort
BUTTEness….an attitude, a joy for living, a welcoming spirit. Visit "Colorado's Last Great Ski Town" and experience the difference that sets Crested Butte apart from other mountain destinations.

Summit Express
Denver Airport to Summit County Transportation. We offer scheduled shuttle service to and from Denver International Airport to your favorite ski resort - Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Vail, Beaver Creek or Steamboat

Copper Mountain Resort
Copper'a terrain is naturally divided for all abilities and includes fantastic bowl skiing.

Royal Gorge
Bridge and Par
Colorado's Natural Wonder with exciting rides and great views.
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Royal Gorge Route Railroad
Classes of service hark back to a time when travel was an elegant and leisurely affair, which has earned the Royal Gorge Route Railroad its reputation as the premier excursion railroad in the country. Recently named one of the Top Trains in America by Trains Magazine.

The Charter at
Beaver Cree

Full service hotel with condos & ski-in/ski-out access!

Mountain Resorts

Steamboat Springs
Choose from 20 resort properties surrounding the Steamboat Ski Area from affordable to indulgent.

Virgin Island Ski and Snowboard Rentals
Our central Colorado Ski Rental and Snowboard Rental Shop is located minutes off I-70 in Silverthorne, Colorado only minutes from Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Loveland Ski Area, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge and on the way to Vail and Beaver Creek Colorado.

Durango Purgatory Ski Resort
970.247.9000 / 800.982.6102
One of America's Top Ski Towns. The perfect family vacation destination known for it's unmatched scenery, terraced terrain ideal for all abilities,

Wildernest Vacation Rentals
204 Wildernest Road
Summit County
A variety of accommodations including lake, forest and mountain view properties. Why stay in a hotel when you can relax in your own private condo or home after a day of Colorado fun?

Inn at Aspen
The only ski-in, ski-out hotel located at the base of the Buttermilk Ski Resort, the Inn at Aspen Hotel is an obvious choice for a ski vacation. Rooms available for vacation rentals that will suit any budget and lifestyle.

Breckenridge Ski Resort
With four huge peaks spanning 2,358 acres, Breckenridge has something for all abilities and interests.

Keystone Ski Resort
3000 acres spreading across 3 mountain peaks

Vail Ski Resort
Vail is the largest resort in the United States with 5,289 acres of the most diverse and expansive skiing in the world, blessed with over 300 days of sunshine a year.

Beaver Creek Ski Resort
(800) 226-0355
At the gate, you leave everyday life behind.

Eldora Ski Resort
Eldora is located 21 miles west of Boulder, Colorado and is served by daily RTD bus service during the season. If you crave incredible skiing come visit us!

Wyndham Vacation Rentals/Breckenridge
From conveniently located condos in historic downtown, to luxury rentals in Breckenridge and expansive ski-in/ski-out private homes in serene neighborhoods

Steamboat Resorts
Whether you are looking for Steamboat Hotels or Steamboat Condominiums, Steamboat Resorts offers you 27 luxury lodging options, complete with first-class service, luxurious in-room and on-site amenities, and mountain side adventure.

Durango Downtown Inn
Conveniently located, our hotel offers guests easy access to area shopping, various dining outlets and unique art galleries. The world famous Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is within walking distance located just 5 short blocks from the hotel.

The Borders Lodge
1120 Village Road
The perfect Beaver Creek lodging option, combining alpine elegance and location. Situated in the heart of Beaver Creek

Colorado Winter Festivals and Celebrations

Skiing, Music, Beer, Films, Art, Food are just a few reasons for a whole bunch of people to get together in a Colorado downtown, or in a Colorado town park, or at a Colorado ski resort. We've assembled our list of favorite Colorado Festivals to share with you.

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November 2012

November 2, 2012
Sugar Plum Festival, Colorado Springs, Event Center at Rustic Hills, Colorado Springs. Over 200 vendors kick off the holiday season with hand crafted goods, home decor, gourmet foods, jeweling, wood products, spa products, purses, accessories, pet items, photography.

November 1-11, 2012
The Starz Denver Film Festival, Denver FilmCenter

November 2, 2012
Sugar Plum Festival, Event Center at Rustic Hills, Colorado Springs. Over 200 vendors kick off the holiday season with hand crafted goods, home decor, gourmet foods, jeweling, wood products, spa products, purses, accessories, pet items, photography.
na attendees expected.

November 7-10, 2012

The 8th Annual Denver International Wine Festival, Rtiz Carlton, Denver

Nov. 17, 2012
Sugar Plum Festival, Fred R. Field Western Heritage Center, Gunnison

November 17, 2012
Estes Park Tree Lighting Celebration, Downtown Estes.

November 23-25, 2012

Otis Taylor Trance Blues Festival - Michael Burks, Various Venues, Boulder

December 2012

December 1, 2012
Lighting of Breckenridge

December 7-9, 2012

Yule Fest Victorian Christmas Weekend,

December 7-9, 2012
Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival,

December 7, 2012
21st Annual Carolfest,
Fort Collins, Meet at Opera Galleria. This season everyone can carol the streets of Old Town Fort Collins. The 21st annual Carolfest brings together people of all ages and singing abilities in song and celebration. The public is welcome to come sing to their hearts content while being lead by professional singers. This free event begins at 6:30pm at the Opera Galleria on Friday, December 7th!

December 8, 2012
4th Annual Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest, Ouray

December 10-16, 2012
Snow Daze,
Vail. Winter doesn't start until we say it does. Kick - off the ski season with an action-packed week at Vail Snow Daze - the biggest early season party in North America.
Thursday, December 13: The Shins - Ford Park
Friday, December 14 - Michael Franti & Spearhead - Ford Park
Saturday, December 15 - Wilco - Ford Park

January 2013

January 5 - 10, 2013
14th Musicfest at Steamboat, The ONLY festival that brings the finest Texas and Americana music to the snow swept Colorado Rockies for a full week of sport and song. Eighteen bands will perform over the six days in the heart of the Rocky Mountains featuring free après-ski concerts, evening concerts and special engagements throughout the week including over 40 live performances, from an increasingly diverse line up of artists with styles ranging from country to rock, blues to bluegrass, folk and western swing, and everything in between. Six days, 40 bands & one really big tent-don't miss it!

January 6 -12, 2013
50TH Annual Breckenridge Ullr Fest
A wacky winter festival like no other, and it is taking place January 6-12, 2013. During Ullr Fest in Breckenridge, don't be surprised to see horned Viking hats adorning the heads of skiers and snowboarders, Ullympic competitors flinging frying pans for prizes, more than 12,000 Ullr enthusiasts filling the streets for the Ullr Parade and crazy float participants skiing off jumps on Main Street or gliding along town in a hot tub. Join us to rejoice with Ullr himself. Ullr is 50TH - and is ready for a good party. In Norse mythology Ullr (pronounced Oool-er) was the winter god. He was the son of Sif and the stepson of Thor, the "God of Thunder." Ullr loved the cold, and delighted in traveling over the country on his skis or skates. He also delighted in the chase, and pursued his game through the Northern Forests.

January 6, 2013
Kid Fest,

January 10-13,2013
18th Annual Ouray Ice Festival, Ouray Ice Park

January 11 - 21, 2013
50th Anniversary Celebration,
Steamboat, This year, celebrate the amazing spirit and vision that created the Steamboat Ski Area 50 years ago and all that has evolved over that time. Events, promotions and specials all season long, make sure to mark your calendars to be in Ski Town USA during Steamboat's Birthday Blowout celebration. Steamboat goes all out for it 50th Annivesary with fireworks, torchlight parade, free concerts and special events culminating the anniversary period with the Bud Light Cowboy Downhill on Monday, Jan. 21st.

January 12-27, 2013
National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, Denver

January 16-19, 2013
Crested Butte Songwriters Festival, The 2013 Crested Butte Songwriters Festival will feature performances by a collection of the best performing songwriters in the world. Slated for January 16-19, 2013, the festival will revolve around performances staged at Crested Butte hot spots. Crowds will experience the faces, voices and stories behind hit songs during signature in-the-round acoustic performances and raucous, dance-inducing sets will dominate the schedule.

January 19-20, 2013
Winterfest Celebration at Durango Mountain Resort

January 19-21, 2013
Estes Park Winter Festival, an event that features a candyland ice village with interactive games & sculptures, ice skating, pony rides, musical entertainment, a Ceildh (Kaylee) party with dancing and storytelling, chili cookoff, wine and beer tasting, downtown scavenger hunt, horse and carriage rides and more! Festival entry fee: $5 per person; no charge for children under three.

January 21, 2013
39th Annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill,
Steamboat, It all began 39 years ago when Billy Kidd, Steamboat's Director of Skiing, and Larry Mahan, six-time All-Around World Champion cowboy, decided to invite a few of the ProRodeo stars to Steamboat for a day of skiing. The cowboys had such a great time that the Downhill has become the most popular event of the season with over 100 of the best professional rodeo cowboys competing in the most unique ski rodeo in the country.

January 22-February 3, 2013
Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships, Breckenridge
The Snow Sculptures are located in the area around the Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams Avenue, Breckenridge, CO 80424. The competition sculptures are in the Riverwalk Center (Tiger Dredge) parking lot and the sponsor/exhibition sculptures are spread onto the "lawn" just north of the Riverwalk Center and across the river in the Blue River Plaza adjacent to Main Street. Event Headquarters are in the Riverwalk Center.

January 24-27, 2013
X Games, Aspen

January 26, 2013
Spontaneous Combustion Community Bonfire,

January 26-27, 2013
Winter Park Winter Carnival-Mary Janes Birthday, Come help us celebrate Mary Jane's Birthday with live music, drink specials, a parade, fireworks and so much more!

Jan 30 - Feb 3, 2013
Snowdown 2013,
Durango, Get Your Geek On! - Snowdown is Durango's annual Winter Celebration. A costume party, parade, follies, and annually changing theme make this 4-day winter party the most wonderful time of the year. The 2013 theme is entitled "Get Your Geek On!" Mark your calendar, and start getting ready for Snowdown, which takes place throughout Durango, Colorado January 30 - February 3, 2013! For more information, visit


Jan 30 - Feb 3, 2013
Snowdown 2013,
Durango, Get Your Geek On! - Snowdown is Durango's annual Winter Celebration. A costume party, parade, follies, and annually changing theme make this 4-day winter party the most wonderful time of the year. The 2013 theme is entitled "Get Your Geek On!" Mark your calendar, and start getting ready for Snowdown, which takes place throughout Durango, Colorado January 30 - February 3, 2013! For more information, visit

February 2, 2013
Grand Lake Winter Carnival,
Grand Lake

February 6 - 10, 2013
100th Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival,
Steamboat, The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, one of the largest and oldest winter sports clubs in the U.S., hosts the 100th Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival, the oldest continuing Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi. For several days, the entire town is given over to racing, ski jumping, a parade featuring Steamboat's skiing high school band (the only one in the United States), the famous ski jöring events down Lincoln Avenue, and the spectacular night show featuring the legendary Lighted Man & fireworks display.

February 8-10, 2013
Winter Teva Mountain Games,
Vail, A celebration of adventure sports, music and the mountain lifestyle, the second annual Winter Teva Mountain Games.

February 9 - 10 & 16 - 17, 2013
Cripple Creek Ice Festival,

February 9, 2013
Mardi Gras Ball, Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge

February 12, 2013
Mardi Gras Parade, Breckenridge

February 14-17,2013
Telluride Comedy Festival, Sheridan Opera House

February 14, 2013
Loveland Ski Area 22nd Annual Mountaintop Matrimony, The 22nd Annual Valentine's Day Mountaintop Matrimony ceremony and reception is a Loveland tradition where new couples are joined in matrimony and married couples renew their vows in a mass wedding at The Ptarmigan Roost Cabin, elevation 12,050 feet, located at the top of Lift #2. The Honeymooner's Apres Party for all participants and their guests follows the ceremony at the Loveland Basin featuring music, wedding cake, spirits and even a best dressed contest. Participating couples must pre-register online in order to receive the 2 for 1 lift ticket special. For more information please call (303) 571-5580 Ext. 141.

February 20, 2013
Aspen Laff Festival, Wheeler Opera House, Aspen

February 22-24, 2013
Burton Mountain Festival,
Keystone, Burton is launching the Burton Mountain Festival tour, a completely new experience that offers riders a full day of FREE on-snow entertainment, including Burton 2012 product demos, live music, sponsor giveaways, mini parks for the smallest snowboarders and amateur snowboard contests at select stops. Presented by MINI, the Burton Mountain

February 24-25, 2013
Buffalo Bill Birthday Celebration, Golden, Buffalo Bill's Museum and Grave

Feb. 27 - Mar 3, 2013
Durango Film - southwest Colorado's premier showcase for independent film, The film festival's growth is due to the support of our phenomenal filmmakers, faithful passholders, dedicated donors and sponsors, and the efforts of our tireless staff and volunteers. It's our love of independent film that brings us back each year, bigger and better.

MARCH 2013

March 21 - 31, 2013
12th Bud Light Spring Jam, Snowmass, The 13th annual Bud Light Spring Jam, the premier spring festival in the Rocky Mountains, will bring two weekends of competitions, downtown concerts and parties to Aspen/Snowmass.

APRIL 2013

April 9 - 14, 2013
22nd Annual Aspen Shortsfest, Wheeler Opera House

April 13-14, 2013
Loveland Ski Area - 51st Annual Loveland Derby, For more than 50 years Loveland Ski Area has been hosting America's largest amateur race, The Loveland Derby! Racers from all across the country dress up and travel to Colorado for the last race of the season. Don't miss out on costumes, BBQs and fast paced racing fun. For more information, visit

April 14, 2013
Schneetag, Aspen, Date is subject to Change, Aspen Mountain - Bonnie's, Schneetag is the German word for "snow day." Put simply, it translates as "daredevils willing to propel themselves down a hill, over a jump and across a pond on a craft they built themselves."

April 27, 2013
Loveland Ski Area - Corn Harvest Benefit Ski Party, Loveland Ski Area hosts the 11th annual Corn Harvest benefit ski party for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.


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