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Dave & Barb Peckler Named 2022 Snowmass Mardi Gras King & Queen

40 Years of Mardi Gras Fun Abounds in Snowmass on Fat Tuesday

Snowmass Village, Colo., (February 17, 2022) – 40 years of Mardi Gras tradition returns to Snowmass Village on Fat Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Festivities include the culmination of the Mother of All Ascensions Uphill Race, a Bud Light HiFi Concert, the Bead Toss featuring the 2022 Mardi Gras King & Queen Dave and Barb Peckler, and fireworks to close out the evening.


“We are thrilled to have our traditional lineup of Mardi Gras events back in Snowmass this year,” says Rose Abello, Tourism Director, Snowmass Tourism. “And it’s a privilege to honor Dave & Barb Peckler and their many years of service at the Town of Snowmass Village and the local community as King & Queen. Plus, the bead toss and fireworks are sure to round out a fantastic and festive day.”


All Hail the Mardi Gras King & Queen

Dave & Barb Peckler met in Snowmass at the Stonebridge Inn in 1982. Dave, a raft guide, approached Barb, who worked at the hotel. It was love at first sight. Since then, the two have made Snowmass and the Roaring Fork Valley their home. Barb has had stints at Alpine Bank and as the director of the Snowmass Snow Bunnies (a former ski school program for 4-5 year old’s), before joining the Town of Snowmass Village 13 years ago as the Court Clerk/Office Manager. Dave quickly transitioned from rafting guide to the Town of Snowmass Village Transportation Department, where he has been for the last 43 years and now serves as Director. Snowmass Tourism is delighted to honor this longstanding Snowmass couple. “We are so proud, and frankly flattered, to be named the 2022 Mardi Gras King and Queen,” says Dave Peckler. “We are so excited to represent Snowmass Village, a place that has been our home for so many years.”


Bud Light HiFi Concert & Bead Toss

Join the Mardi Gras King & Queen at the Bud Light HiFi Concert in Snowmass Base Village from 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., featuring The Dip, a pop, rhythm, and blues band out of Seattle, WA. Music starts at 2:30 p.m. with the annual Mardi Gras Bead Toss at 3:15 p.m. from the concert stage. The Dip takes the stage at 3:30 p.m.



Close out Mardi Gras with a bang! Guests and locals alike can enjoy festive fireworks launched from Fanny Hill from balconies, trails, and restaurants around Snowmass Village. Fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m.


The 30th Annual Mother of All Ascensions

The 30th Annual Mother of All Ascensions returns to Snowmass in 2022. Strap on a pair of snowshoes, AT boots, telemark gear, or stabilizers to complete the route from Snowmass Base Village to the High Alpine restaurant, 2,073 feet of elevation gain, between February 21 – March 1. Register at www.snowfusion.com and be sure to download the IYR Virtual App to track vertical and time. Registration is $30 and $15 from every registration will be donated to the Aspen Hope Center. Participants must register for the race online. An Aspen Snowmass Uphilling Pass is not required, but participants must sign a waiver during registration. Please follow ASC uphill guidelines. There is no additional uphilling fee. Finishers, join for prizes and Mardi Gras celebrations on March 1 from 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. at mix6 in The Collective Snowmass. Goodie bag pick up is available at the Base Village Conference Center on March 3 & 4 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and on March 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Course segment must be completed and uploaded in order to receive a goodie bag. www.gosnowmass.com/event/mother-of-all-ascensions/


For more information on the Mardi Gras lineup, please visit www.gosnowmass.com/mardigras.


About Snowmass Village, Colorado – A renowned winter playground and vibrant summer community just 9 miles from Aspen, Snowmass consistently ranks as one of the best winter ski areas and summer mountain biking destinations in the world. Snowmass, along with the rest of the Roaring Fork Valley, is the first IMBA (International Mountain Biking Association) Gold-Level Ride Center™ in Colorado, only the 5th in United States, and the 7th in the world. Snowmass offers guests incredible views of mountain vistas, in addition to 2.8 million adjacent acres of wilderness, open for activities and exploration. Snowmass is home to 30+ restaurants, 95 percent slopeside lodging, shopping, unique special events and music – all year round. For more information and a complete calendar of events and activities, please visit www.gosnowmass.com.


Snowmass Tourism Media Contact: Sara Stookey Sanchez, Public Relations Manager, Snowmass Tourism, 970-922-2285 or sstookey@gosnowmass.com.




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