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Snowmass Balloon Festival

Sep. 8-10, 2017 | All Day Event

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The Snowmass Balloon Festival fills the sky with one of the highest-altitude hot air balloon events in the country. Over three days, 30 pilots compete in challenges and races, as spectators take in the stunning sight and capture spectacular photos. Special activities and events round out the weekend, including a Saturday evening Glow Show in Snowmass Base Village that features a balloon glow and a free concert. All Snowmass Balloon Festival events are free and open to all ages. All daytime events take place at Snowmass Town Park, with free parking in the Town Park Station lot.

2017 Schedule

Friday, September 8
6:30am-10:00am: Carter Memorial Colorado Rat Race: This annual tradition features 15 of our most seasoned and daring pilots as they race to see who can fly the farthest down valley in 3 hours. The remaining 15 balloons will fly in the Valley for a spectacular show of colors beginning at 6:50 am. Best viewing is from Snowmass Town Park starting at 6:30am.

Saturday, September 9
7:00am-10:00am: The SnowMASS Ascension & X-Marks the Spot – Target Competition: Pilots attempt to maneuver as close as possible to two different targets above the Snowmass Golf Course. Following this competition, the balloons will float above the Snowmass valley. Best viewing is from Snowmass Town Park starting at 7:00am.

7:30am-10:00am: Kids’ Elevation Station: Free bouncy house, face painting and more, among the balloons in Snowmass Town Park.

4:00pm-7:00pm: Snowmass Septemberfest at Snowmass Base Village: This new fall celebration is FREE with any cash donation to support Bridging Bionics and features wine & sake tastings, food tastings from local restaurants, music, kids’ activities, local vendors & artisans, and more.

7:45pm-9:00pm: Balloon Glow and 90’s Night Glow Show at Snowmass Base Village: Balloons inflate on Fanny Hill and in Base Village, and glow to the beat of music as performers take the stage, followed by a free concert featuring 90s cover band “Smells Like 90s.” Join in the fun in Base Village or enjoy the show from slopeside restaurants and bars.

Sunday, September 10
7:00am-10:00am: The Snowmass Ascension and Balloon Dance – Team Competition: Pilots are paired up and launch together while competing to see who can hold one end of flagging tape the longest.  Following this competition, the balloons will float above the Snowmass Valley.  Best viewing area is from Snowmass Town Park at 7:00am.

7:30am-10:00am: Kids’ Elevation Station: Free bouncy house, face painting and more, among the balloons in Snowmass Town Park.

 

A look at Snowmass Balloon Festival

 

Volunteers Needed for Snowmass Balloon Festival!

Why volunteer? You’ll have the opportunity to get to know the pilots and interact with the hot air balloon. If you volunteer to crew for a pilot the entire weekend, all three days, you will get to fly with your pilot on Sunday, weather permitting. If your pilot is one of the pilots doing the glow show, dinner will be provided before the glow on Fanny Hill. And, each volunteer will receive a Snowmass Balloon Festival t-shirt. Email Colleen Johnson (colleenjohnson302@gmail.com) to sign up to volunteer.

Volunteer Duties: Volunteers will be asked to crew for a balloon pilot for one or up to three days plus a night glow, arriving to the launch field by 6:30 a.m. each morning for a couple of hours and 5:00 p.m. for the night glow. Your volunteer job will be working with your pilot to help set up the balloon on the launch field. You will get to chase the balloon and help pack it up when the flight is over. Flights can last a couple of hours. You are invited to tailgate with your pilot after the flight. Your pilot will provide the tailgate food and drinks.