Looking for fun and unique slopeside events to check out in Colorado this winter? Here are 9 slopeside events to look forward to in the 2020 winter season and beyond.

Editor’s note: All events are subject to change. Additional fees may apply. Check with the resort prior to attending events for the most up-to-date details. 

1. Valentine’s Day Dinner and Salsa Dancing (Friday, February 14)

After a day of hitting the slopes, couples can enjoy an evening of romance at Arapahoe Basin. The Valentine’s Day Dinner and Salsa Dancing event is scheduled to take place on Friday, February 14, from 7:00 PM To 10:00 PM at the 6th Alley Bar and Grill located at Arapahoe Basin, sure to make for the sweetest evening. Prosecco and salsa lessons will kick off at 7:00 PM, followed by a three-course meal at 8:00 PM. The menu will feature a delicious lineup with your choice of the lobster tail with rock shrimp risotto and baby vegetables or Colorado Rack of Lamb with smoked cheddar polenta, baby vegetables, and red wine tomato demi-glace. Tickets are $70 per person. Additional fees for tax and gratuity apply. Reservations are also required. More details here.

2. Keystone’s Winter Wine Tasting

Wine tastings. Photo Credit: gilaxia (iStock).
Photo Credit: gilaxia (iStock).

Tucked away in the heart of Keystone Resort’s River Run Village, Keystone’s Winter Wine Tasting is an absolute delight. This special event featuring exclusive whiskey tastings, select wine pours, and an assortment of chocolate delicacies and dessert bites is set to take place from 8:00 PM to 10 PM on Friday and 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Saturday (February 14-15). Ticket prices vary. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Get all the details here.

3. Breckenridge Mardi Gras Celebration (Tuesday, February 25)

Outdoor Mardi Gras beads and mask on light post in sunshine. Photo Credit: Lynne Mitchell (iStock).
Photo Credit: Lynne Mitchell (iStock).

New Orleans isn’t the only place to celebrate Mardi Gras. Kick-off the festivities in the mountains with the Breckenridge Mardi Gras Celebration set to take place on Tuesday, February 25 at the Riverwalk Center located 150 West Adams Avenue. Feathered masks, beaded necklaces, live music, and New Orleans-inspired foods provided by The Lost Cajun will make for an epic “Fat Tuesday.” Admission to this one-day festival is FREE. Doors to the festival open at 5:30 PM and live performances from The New Orleans Suspects will begin at 7:00 PM. More details here.

4. McDonald’s Cardboard Derby (Saturday, March)

Bring your creativity to the slopes for the McDonald’s Cardboard Derby, set to take place at the tubing hill located at Purgatory Resort from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday, March 14. Come out and watch as teams race down the mountain in sled-shaped vessels made entirely out of cardboard and duct tape. Get more details here.

5. Bud Light Spring Jam (Friday, March 20 to Friday, March 27)

Calling all skiers and riders. Let the good times roll at the 20th annual Spring Jam, set to take place from Friday to Friday (March 20-March 27) at Aspen Snowmass. Mark your calendars for two weeks of competitions, live music performances, and alpine ski parties. All participants are required to wear helmets. More details here.

6. Al Johnson Memorial Telemark Race (Saturday, March 21)

Skiers hit the slopes dressed in costumes. Photo Credit: Greg Younger (Flickr).
Skiers hit the slopes dressed in costumes. Photo Credit: Greg Younger (Flickr).

Get ready to race at the 46th annual Al Johnson Uphill/Downhill Telemark Ski Race kicking off on Saturday, March 21 at 12:00 PM at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Come out and watch as racers prepare to dominate the mountain wearing their best costumes with a 660-vertical foot climb and 1,200-foot ascent through double black diamond steeps. Bib pick up will be held at Coal Breaker Coffee from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM. The Tag Team Race will start at High Noon and the Individual Race (the main event) will start at 1:00 PM at the base of the North Face Lift. Awards will be handed out for the fastest times and best costumes. Grab all the details here.

7. Women, Whiskey, and Western Wear (Friday, March 27)

Photo Credit: jygallery (iStock).
Photo Credit: jygallery (iStock).

Put on your cowboy boots and head to Arapahoe Basin for a country night out with Jack Daniels. Women, Whiskey, and Western Wear will kick off from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Friday, March 27, at the 6th Alley Bar and Grill located at Arapahoe Basin. Guests can enjoy whiskey tastings with a side of education, food pairings featuring a 4-courses, and craft cocktails for $60 per person. Additional fees for tax and gratuity apply. This event is for ladies only. Must be 21 years or older. Reservations are also required. More details here.

8. Pink Vail (Saturday, March 28)

Pink Vail, Photo Credit: Zach Mahone Photography. (Flickr).
Pink Vail, Photo Credit: Zach Mahone Photography. (Flickr).

Ski the mountain in support of cancer. Pink Vail featuring live music, deck parties, and costume contests is set to take place from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 28 at Peak Golden in Vail. 100% of donations and registration fees collected for this event will go towards benefiting all patients at Shaw Cancer Center through enhancements to patient care and patient programming. Get the full scoop here.

9. 5th Annual Swimwear day and Spring Rail Jam (Saturday, May 16)

Arapahoe Basin May 21, 2016 - Swimsuit Parade - Dave Camara - OutThere Colorado
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Swimsuit Parade, May 2016. Photo Credit: Photo by Dave Camara.

Break out the floaties and get ready to parade down the mountain for the 5th Annual Swimwear day and Spring Rail Jam from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 16 at Arapahoe Basin. Rock the slopes in your best swimwear styles (family-friendly) and show off your best bag of tricks on the mountain for a chance to win some epic prizes including lift tickets. Practice and registration will kick off in Tree Line Terrain Park at 10:00 AM, followed by the snowboard jam at 11:00 AM, ski jam at 12:00 PM, finals at 1:00 PM, and the raffle at 2:00 PM. This is a FREE event in the Treeline Terrain Park. Get all the details here.

Editor’s note: All events are subject to change. Additional fees may apply. Check with the resort prior to attending events for the most up-to-date details. 

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