7 Colorado Spring Mountain Parties
Soft skiing, beers under a bluebird sky, live music and hilarious competitions — this is spring in the mountains. Here’s where to find the best parties in the Colorado Rockies.
This funky central Colorado ski town knows how to throw a party. Head to Crested Butte for their SkiTown Breakdown and take in a free concert by Colorado slamgrass (think bluegrass meets rock) pioneers Leftover Salmon. This seventh annual spring mountain gathering brings locals and visitors to the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort for dancing in the sun and snow.
New this year, Breck Pride presents live music, daily aprés, a comedy night with Sandra Bernhard and Color Run in costumes down the mountain. Breck Pride is for everyone: LGBTQ and straight visitors and locals, skiers, snowboarders, beginners, experts and supporters. Celebrate Summit County’s friendly spirit beginning with a welcome reception, followed by a dinner party, a Pride Festival Village sponsored by Bud Light, a chef dinner and beer pairing on Friday, and a Color Run Parade and comedy show on Saturday.
Not technically in the mountains, but a must-do for diehard beer lovers, Collaboration Fest is a fourth-year event dubbed America’s most creative beer festival. More than 150 breweries come together at the National Western Complex to showcase unique beer tappings. The craft suds come from Colorado-based breweries partnering with other breweries from around the state and world to brew something exciting. Tickets include unlimited tastings and the fest features food vendors and live music.
As Colorado’s festival ringleader, Telluride draws top national artists year-round. Their April 2 ski season closer is a gathering not to miss. First, join the DJ dance party and witness epic spills at the annual pond skim competition at Gorrono Ranch. Then, make your way to Mountain Village Core for a free concert by G. Love & Special Sauce. The alternative hip-hop band from Philadelphia is known for their laid-back blues beats. High-energy local band, Cousin Curtiss, will open for G. Love, helping send off Telluride Ski Resort’s 2016-2017 season.
Keystone Resort’s annual Slush Cup returns on Sunday, April 9 with pond skimming competitions for both kids and adults. Skiers and snowboarders launch off a daring jump and skim across water in their most graceful form and fashion. Expect lots of laughs and splashes at this Keystone spring tradition. Thanks to a heavy snowfall year, Keystone Resort moved its closing day out one week to April 16. Visit their website for closing day details to be announced.
In its 13th year, Spring Back to Vail commemorates the close of the winter ski season with a three-day-weekend party. Catch the World Pond Skimming Championships, live music (band lineup to be announced), aprés parties, giveaways and more. Attend the Tikis and Tunes Luau at Sarge’s Mid-Vail on
Saturday for music, a pig roast and drink specials. On Sunday, watch the wacky World Pond Skimming Championships at Golden Peak.
Close out the season at Copper’s annual spring Sunsation festival, serving up live music (artists to be announced), pond skimming and the World’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt. Red Bull Slopesoakers combines a slopestyle rail jam with a pond skim. Competitors earn points for Costume & Creativity, Tricks & Style, Skimming Steez, and Crowd Factor. A Retro Shred-a-thon will benefit the High Fives Foundation, with participants lapping the American Eagle lift as many times as possible while wearing their best retro gear. On Sunday, join the World’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt and scour the mountain for 65,000 eggs spread over 2,500 acres, some filled with prizes.
Check our Colorado Event Calendar for more spring happenings in the mountains.