Fun in the sun: Andy Grammer and The Struts perform at Copper Mountain Resort’s Sunsation


What: 19th annual Sunsation

When: Saturday, April 20, through Sunday, April 21

Where: Copper Mountain Resort’s American Eagle Lift and Burning Stones Plaza in Center Village

Cost: All Sunsation events are free to watch. Visit for the full schedule and to register for the Red Bull Slopesoakers. Visit to register for the Shred-A-Thon.

Spring has sprung and ski resorts around the country are winding down their seasons. Following Keystone’s closure, Copper Mountain Resort is the next Summit County mountain to say farewell. Yet before it closes on April 21, there are two weekends full of activities and music planned to celebrate the banner year in style.

At the beach

Spring celebrations kick off on Saturday, April 13, with the return of the 10 Barrel Snow Beach. Throughout the day, the snow beach at Burning Stones Plaza in Center Village will feature oversized games, giveaways and music from Max Frost. An indie pop multi-instrumentalist with a background in blues, rock, R&B and hip-hop, Frost will take the main stage at 3 p.m.

Soak it up

The following weekend Red Bull comes to town with the eighth annual SlopeSoakers contest on Saturday, April 20. Compared to previous iterations, the unique pond-skimming event will have larger water features and bigger floating rails.

After registration and course inspection in the morning, qualifiers start at 11 a.m. Participants will be judged on criteria such as tricks, style, crowd reaction and splash factor. Awards will be held at Downhill Dukes at 2:15 p.m.

Prizes range from $250 and a GoPro to $500 and an all-access pass. It costs $30 to participate and registration is still open.

Get shredding

The next day skiers and riders are encouraged to make as many turns as possible for a good cause. The High Fives Foundation, which supports athletes who suffered life-altering injuries, and clothing company Phunkshun Wear will host the fourth annual Retro Shred-A-Thon at the American Eagle Lift.

Participants are encouraged to don vintage gear such as one-piece snowsuits, straight skis and any other throwback items as they lap the lift from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from pledges and donations go to supporting the equipment, medical and physical needs of High Fives athletes. Additionally, skiers and riders that don’t have a season pass can purchase a $45 discounted lift ticket for the fundraising.

An after-party will be held at Jack’s Slopeside Grill & Bar.

Let the sun shine

The main event for Copper’s 19th annual Sunsation includes performances by Andy Grammer and The Struts. Grammer will hit the stage following the SlopeSoakers competition Saturday, April 20, at 3:30 p.m.

Grammer is known for his pop anthems, such as “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)” and “Honey, I’m Good.” He recently released a new single in February called “Don’t Give Up On Me” and his fourth album is scheduled to come out this spring.

“As someone who likes to write happy, positive songs, I know they can come across too sweet,” Grammer states on his website. “It’s way easier to write sad songs — you play minor chords and it’s instantly cooler. It takes a lot of effort to make something happy not sound cheesy, but I feel like that’s my life’s work. And right now, in the world, we need love in all forms.”

On Sunday, after the High Fives Retro Shred-A-Thon, the party concludes with a live concert by The Struts at 3:30 p.m. From Derby, England, the four-piece rock band channels classic British rock and have opened for The Rolling Stones, The Who and Guns N’ Roses. They were also hand-picked by Motley Crue to serve as the supporting act for their last-ever performances.

Their sophomore album “Young & Dangerous” dropped last October and its hit single, “Body Talks,” features Kesha on vocals. The song is a blues-spiked track capturing what lead vocalist Luke Spiller calls “that moment when you mosey on over to someone on the dance floor, and the music’s blaring so loud you can’t even talk to each other.”

The band turns it up for their live performances and — though their current designer is Ray Brown — has worked with former Queen costumer Zandra Rhodes to create Spiller’s lavish attire. “We believe in giving our absolute all every night, because that’s what our fans deserve,” Spiller states on the band’s website. “The goal is always to get everyone dancing and screaming and shouting, and to make sure they leave dripping in sweat with huge smiles on their faces.”

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