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Summit County resorts offer reason for staying home for Thanksgiving weekend

If you’re like many, the thought of fighting the crowds at the airport or the maddening traffic on Interstate 70 makes you want to ride out the Thanksgiving holiday in bed, hiding under the covers. But fear not, there are a lot of ways to entertain yourself and your family this weekend without having to leave the county. Here are a few events you might want to check out.

Copper Mountain Resort

Celebrate the grand reopening of the Woodward at Copper “Barn” and burn off that turkey dinner at Woodward Remix, Friday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 1. The event celebrates the renovations in the Barn and kicks off the holiday season at Copper Mountain Resort.

The weekend of events kicks off on Friday, Nov. 29, with the annual Yam Jam Rail Competition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Taking place on Lower Bouncer in Copper Mountain’s Center Village, skiers and riders of all levels are invited to compete for prizes, and registration is now open. From 2 to 5 p.m., kids of all ages can create their own skateboard deck at the Woodward Cage as part of Santa’s Workshop: Create-A-Skate.

For more information, visit www.woodwardatcopper.com.

On Saturday, Nov. 30, Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky will be at Woodward at Copper from noon to 2 p.m. to sign autographs and meet fans. Woodward at Copper demonstrations will take place in the afternoon, with BMX from 2 to 3 p.m. and skate from 4 to 5 p.m. Fans can meet their favorite professional skateboarders, including Red Bull’s Curren Caples, Volcom’s Louie Lopez and XGames bronze medalist Jono Schwan. Additionally, professional BMX riders Morgan Wade, Gary Young and XGames gold medalist Zack Warden will be present.

Members of the U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding half-pipe teams will also be in attendance for a meet-and-greet session at The Barn from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, and the action continues in Center Village with the Santa Sesh from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests can participate in or watch an open rail session under the lights, followed by a holiday snowcat parade, the official tree lighting and photos with Shreddin’ Santa. Holiday fireworks round out the evening’s activities in Center Village at 8 p.m. For the late-night crowd, the Woodward Barn offers a free concert featuring Paper Diamond, Two Fresh, Raw Russ and DJ Chris Karns from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

For more information, visit www.coppercolorado.com.

Keystone Resort

The Warren Station Center for the Arts will host its second-annual Welcome Winter Family Carnival on Saturday, Nov. 30, with family activities from 3 to 6 p.m. in conjunction with live music from Chris Thompson & Coral Creek.

Coral Creek is an acoustic project from Colorado, playing genre-bending original music and unique renditions of traditional bluegrass tunes and Americana classics. Coral Creek performs guitar and vocalist Thompson’s original music and features some of the top acoustic players on the state’s music scene, including Zebulon Bowles (fiddle), Jordan Ramsey (mandolin/vocals) and Andrew Bonnis (bass/vocals).

Après ski in Keystone is fit for all ages this holiday weekend, with live music, giant games, complimentary hot chocolate, roasted nuts, face painting, balloon animals, crafts, the Kidtopia Castle Bounce House and balloon art from Freya the Winter Fairy. While the kids are enjoying the carnival activities, parents can enjoy the sounds of Chris Thompson & Coral Creek and kick back with a cold beverage from the bar. The event is free, and a la carte beverages will be available.

The event is free to the public and preludes the annual tree lighting celebration in River Run at Keystone. The Welcome Winter Family Carnival is presented by the Keystone Neighbourhood Company. Free parking will be available at the River Run Lots, located just off Gondola Road.

For more information, visit www.warrenstation.com.

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The Summit Daily Updated Nov 27, 2013 10:02PM Published Dec 3, 2013 04:25PM Copyright 2013 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.