Skiers and snowboarders were graced with a fresh layer of fluffy powder during Copper Mountain’s celebration of all things Colorado.
The resort kicked off its third annual Colorado Demo Days on Saturday, Nov. 16. The two-day celebration features Colorado skis, boards, beers and bands.
Littleton resident Will Allan took a quick break from skiing to sample a Colorado Native Beer on Saturday afternoon during the celebration.
“This is definitely why you live in Colorado, to have fun and get out skiing. Not to mention, it’s not a bad day at all for November. With 5 inches of new snow it’s pretty sweet stuff,” he said.
“It’s all about being outdoors, taking in the scenery and being in the company of cool people,” his brother Rick Allan added.
The brothers chatted with Kelly Riddell at the Copper Mountain base village as they sampled beer.
“Colorado Native is a 100 percent Colorado beer. All the ingredients right down to the packaging are made in Colorado, and you can only purchase this beer in Colorado,” Riddell said.
She was passing out an amber lager.
“It’s a little hoppy on the front end and clean and crisp on the back end,” Riddell said.
Skiers and snowboarders got to try out a variety of gear from brands like Freeride Systems, CoLab Movement Snowboards, Never Summer, Meier Skis, Oz Snowboards, 728 Outdoor, Liberty, High Society and Rocky Mountain Underground on Saturday.
Jared Saul, from Weston Snowboards, based in Minturn, was one of the vendors offering gear demos.
“It’s been an awesome day with really great snow and a great turnout,” he said.
Weston Snowboards takes a lot of pride in its home state, he added.
“We are made here in Colorado and we’re really proud of that. We have the Colorado state flag in our logo,” Saul said.
The snowboard vendor said he’s also happy to call Colorado his home.
“I love it here. I have traveled a lot of places but nowhere else quite compares,” Saul said. “I love snowboarding and I love the summers here just as much as the winter, so I feel super fortunate to live here.”
Saturday’s Colorado Days event ended with a battle of the bands — all from Colorado, of course.
Leadville Cherokee kicked off the competition in the Incline Bar and Grill on Saturday afternoon. The grand prize for the winning band will be a chance to perform as an opening act at Sunsation 2014 in April at Copper Mountain. Cash donations collected at the battle of the bands will go to the American Red Cross Colorado flood relief fund.