Steamboat Mardi Gras—Feb. 27-March 4 from Snow Celebrations
Steamboat Mardi Gras—Feb. 27-March 4
Break out the beads and get on your skis, Mardi Gras is right around the corner. There will be celebrations at many major resorts, but Steamboat is one of the longest and liveliest. Concerts, parades, and a Cajun BBQ and beer festival will round out the festivities. And, oh yeah—beads! For the ultimate in Mardi Gras food and drink head to Steamboat and “Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler” (let the good times roll)!
St. Patty’s Day—March 14-17
The best drinking holiday happens to fall right in the middle of ski season, coincidence? I think not. Luckily, almost every resort has some sort of celebration, including some great drink specials, so pick your favorite. We’re looking forward to Mount Snow’s Sham Rock Weekend, featuring live Irish music, a Saturday night party at the Snow Barn and $17 lift tickets for Monday when you buy in advance.
Aspen/ Snowmass Spring Jam—March 14-23
Spring Jam features two weekends of intense competitions, live concerts and the hottest parties to keep you warm in snowy Colorado. These must-see competitions will draw the best local athletes to the slopes and bowls and afterward be sure to attend boot camp and learn from the best. After that head to the CORE Party which is sure to be one of the best snowlebrations this season.
Smugglers Notch Annual BrewFest—March 29
Smuggs is hosting part two of its 19th annual BrewFest with all the best craft beer in the region. As if that isn’t enough of a draw, they’re also hosting the 21st Annual Blast from the Past Race—“The equipment doesn't have to be ‘old,’ just the racers.”
Gravity Control Big Air Event is also on March 29, taking place in the terrain park, with open registration from 10-11 a.m. If you’re not feeling up to flying through the air, spectators are welcome. Round out the day with trivia and live music at the Black Bear Tavern. A whole weekend of events packed into one day.
Spring Back to Vail—April 7-20
Self-described as “the biggest end-of-season bash in the Rocky Mountains,” Vail has a reputation for skiing hard and partying harder. This two week long celebration is a major draw for college kids on break with free concerts, the (unofficial) World Pond Skimming Championships, giveaways and some premium parties after the sun goes down.
Whistler’s World Ski & Snowboard Festival—April 11-20
“The biggest annual gathering of winter sports, music, arts and culture in North America,” says their website—and frankly it’s impossible to disagree. This 18-year-old, nine day snowlebration brings every event you could ever think of to Whistler’s slopes. They only have one rule: “Party in April. Sleep in May.”
Legendary Kirkwood Banked Slalom—April 12
If you’re looking to round out your season in the most classic of all competitions, head to Kirkwood for its 20th annual slalom. This competition is open to anyone over the age of 5 and always draws a great crowd. Prizes are awarded for the race and for best costume, so everyone’s got a shot.
Copper Mountain’s Sunsation Weekend—April 13-14
Copper has partnered with Red Bull to pull off one of the most original weekend ski celebrations out there. Don’t miss their “Slope Soakers” event (pictured left), which is an awesome twist on the traditional pond skim. And make it to the adventure race—it’s only a 3k, so your beer will still be cold when you finish. Oh, and they have Matt & Kim headlining on Saturday, so this year’s going to be huge.
The St. Regis Princeville Resort, Kauai, Hawaii
The whole point of an infinity pool is to make the barrier between manmade pool and mother nature disappear — the illusion works well at the St. Regis Princeville, where the 5,000-foot swim spot is surrounded by tropical greenery and seems to blend right into Hanalei Bay. Plus, when the water is still (a rare treat since the pool is open 24 hours), you can see Makana Mountain in its reflection.