SUMMIT COUNTY ” As the mercury steadily climbs from its winter nadir, activity heats up at Summit County’s resorts. Visitors and locals are personified sunflowers, shedding their heavy parkas, gloves and hats, turning their faces skyward to soak in the sun and take in all Summit’s slopeside springtime fun.
Breckenridge is the first to greet the change of season with its annual Spring Massive Festival (April 1-17), an array of concerts, competitions celebrity racing, nightlife, exhibitions, jams film shoots and kids’ activities.
One of the festival’s highlights is the third annual Bite of Breckenridge, running the entire 17 days. Dozens of restaurants each feature three course menus for $15-25 per person.
On April Fool’s Day, leave sand volleyball in the dust and join in the Spring Massive Snow Volleyball Tournament. The Universally Famous Rocket Surgeons will rock the Blue River Plaza as the Town Fool receives his crown, and droves of hungry skiers congregate for barbecue.
Celebrities, disabled skiers and disadvantaged youth will take to the slopes April 9 and 10, racing against each other to raise money for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center and the Colorado Avalanche Community Fund.
Copper Mountain kicks off its salute to spring on April 3 and 4, with Sunsation, three weekends of hot musical acts that pair famously with Copper’s top-notch spring skiing conditions. Each weekend features a different genre, culminating with funky jam bands on closing weekend.
Past acts have included De La Soul, GangStarr, members of the Wu Tang Clan, Karl Densen’s Tiny Universe, the Greyboy Allstars, The Funky Meters, Ozomatli, Maceo Parker and more.
The Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest invites skiers to bare it all (well, almost all) as they tear up the spring corn on April 17th.
“It’s a really fun excuse to get everyone out,” said Copper’s Beth Jahnigen. “It’s always a really festive atmosphere: We have grills, shot luges, cocktailing and dancing ” the quintessential spring skiing experience.”
Few places exemplify spring like The Beach at Arapahoe Basin, where every day is a party, and spring can last well into summer.
The resort hosts a variety of special events and competitions, but the real fun comes from spontaneous tailgate bashes, complete with beachwear, barbecues, DJs and bands.
Outrageous costumes (including birthday suits) are de rigueur, so don’t forget your best 80s ski outfits, grass skirts, Viking helmets or whatever else is kicking around the back of your closet.
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