The party starts now |

The party starts now

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Breckenridge, CO
Mark FoxOn April Fools Day, '80s girl dances in front of her straight skis.

As the snow melts, it’s easy for die-hard skiers and riders’ high spirits to wane as well. After all, we’re looking at about four long months without making turns. But the ski areas offer a remedy ” or at least a distraction ” for the end-of-the-season blues, and it involves plenty of music, activities and, for those who choose, drinking.

Cecilia’s opens its doors to the Matt Wyffels Rail Jam and After Party at 7 p.m. today. Wyffels, a competitive snowboarder who is now paralyzed, has been the recipient of this benefit party for the past seven years.

“This event has helped Matt overcome many of the challenges of his paralysis by funding his physical therapy that has taught him to walk again, despite the doctors’ prognosis that he never would,” said Amy Sabreen, Breckenridge marketing manager.

Since physical therapy has even taken Wyffels so far as getting on a snowboard again, he is donating the majority of tonight’s funds to Riley Poor, a respected ski movie cinematographer who is currently recovering from a spinal cord injury. The money will be used to help Poor get back on his feet again ” literally ” just as Wyffels did.

The benefit includes drink specials, music, dancing and a raffle with tons of gear, from skis and boards to packs and headphones.

Before the event, a rail jam in Freeway Terrain Park takes place from 2:30-4 p.m.

Breckenridge Resort’s 20-day party starts with the Massive Competition Weekend, a Freeway Terrain Park jump line, today and Saturday.

This isn’t any traditional slopestyle competition; skiers and riders go big off of three cut jumps and a quarterpipe. All events are open to qualifiers; visit to register.

Saturday, Breck goes retro, so pull out those neon yellow, blue and green jackets (you know you loved the attention) or your favorite stretch pants (you know you like people lookin’ at your butt).

The day includes kids’ gold nugget hunts and wooden ski demos (thank god for fatties) on the back side of Main Street Station Plaza from 2-5 p.m., historic fun facts and cutouts, create your own 1870s and 1960s ski photos and the high-energy ’80s cover band (can you say “Let’s Go Crazy”?) the Six Million Dollar Band. The pop music, like, starts at like, 3 p.m. and goes until 6 p.m.

At 4:30 p.m. town councilman Jeffrey Bergeron gives his official Breck150 welcome, with a champagne toast and salute to local ski legends. The Breckenridge Restaurant Association will provide food and beverages as a fundraiser for local youth athletes.

The ski area also will offer free historic ski tours (with valid lift tickets or season passes) Saturday, Sunday and April 10-12. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Peak 8 Ski Check, next to the base of Chair 5. Participants should be comfortable on intermediate runs and plan on a 2-1/2-hour tour. Reserve a space by calling (970) 453-5000. Tour-takers will learn about the historic significance of some of the ski area’s 146 named runs and get a bird’s-eye view of how the town developed in the 1800s.

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