Photo Credit: Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame (far left) & Hal Williams (center, center, & right)
Snowmass Village, Colo., (November 6, 2017) – The Winter 2017/2018 season brings revelries, celebrations, traditions, and much more to Snowmass, Colorado. Kicking off the season with Snowmass’ 50th anniversary the weekend of December 15-17, the 2017/2018 winter event lineup includes over 45 events, ranging from cultural, to outdoor, to kid friendly.
“Winter is what Snowmass is known for,” says Rose Abello, Tourism Director, Snowmass Tourism. “This year we are looking forward to an exciting winter lineup, with even more events and activities. The 50th anniversary weekend is sure to start the season off with a bang, whether you have been coming to Snowmass for years or if this is your first time; while the U.S. Toyota Grand Prix brings the eyes of the world to Snowmass as athletes vie for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. Later in the season, St. Patrick’s Day and Mardi Gras always draw a festive crowd, while daily activities such as the new Snowmass S’mores and V.I.K. program offer fun for the whole family. The monthly Moonlit and new Starlit Treks series round out the calendar nicely.”
Highlighted events on the Winter 2017/2018 Schedule of Events include:
Snowmass 50th Anniversary Weekend – December 15-17: This winter, Snowmass celebrates its 50th Anniversary. The celebration weekend, December 15-17, kicks off the season long revelries with a retro costume party, fireworks, anniversary dine-around with $19.67 and $50 prix fixe menus at participating bars and restaurants, revivals of classic events such as Banana Days (an on-mountain scavenger hunt featuring 1,967 bananas), a vintage invitation Cabin Jump and rail jam, and more. Throughout the season, 50th anniversary events and activities keep the celebratory spirit alive, including historical mountain tour, golden trail signs denoting the mountain’s original runs, dining specials, an art installation, frequent parties and fireworks, official merchandise for sale, and more. For more information, visit www.gosnowmass.com/50-years.
Toyota U.S. Grand Prix – January 10-14: Joining two stops in Copper Mountain and one at Mammoth Mountain, Snowmass is set to host the third of four stops of the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix. U.S. Snowboard Team and U.S. Freeski Team athletes from around the country compete in Snowmass for a chance to be named to the U.S. Olympic Team. Athletes compete in five ski and snowboard slopestyle and halfpipe qualification events on Snowmass’ award winning park and pipe. NBC Universal will present over 15 hours of coverage from all events on NBC and NBC Sports Network. For more information, please visit www.gosnowmass.com/event/toyota-u-s-grand-prix/
Mardi Gras – February 13: A 35-year tradition in Snowmass, Mardi Gras kicks off with the early morning Mother Of All Ascensions uphill race, followed by an afternoon of revelry with a traditional bead toss at 3:00 p.m. and a finale of fireworks at 7:30 p.m. Bars and restaurants around Snowmass Village offer food and drink specials and a fun, festive atmosphere. https://www.gosnowmass.com/event/mardi-gras-celebration/
St. Patrick’s Day – March 17: Get lucky in Snowmass! Enjoy festive drinks and delicious fare both on-mountain and off-mountain with highlights including live music, plenty of green beer along with Irish Stew and corned beef & cabbage. https://www.gosnowmass.com/event/st-patricks-day-celebrations/
Starlit Treks & Moonlit Treks – Spend the evening under the stars with a 1.2-mile snowshoe or cross-country ski around the Snowmass Club golf course, with a stop for cookies and hot chocolate. End with a family-style pasta dinner at Black Saddle Bar and Grille with live music and s’mores. Starlit Treks and Moonlit Treks occur on the Saturday nearest darkest night (Starlit Treks) and full moon (Moonlit Treks) of each month. Starlit Treks feature an ACES (Aspen Center for Environmental Studies) astronomer on hand to chat about the night sky, while Moonlit Treks feature a guided tour with an ACES naturalist.
- Starlit Trek Dates – Saturdays – December 16, January 13, February 17, March 17, & April 14
- Moonlit Trek Dates – Saturdays – December 30, February 3, March 3 & 31.
Dinner is $19.67/person. Optional equipment rentals are available for $10/person For more information, please visit https://www.gosnowmass.com/activity/moonlit-starlit-treks/.
Winter 2017.2018 Event Calendar
Snowmass’ offers free daily activities for the whole family. New for the 2017/2018 season, guests can enjoy Snowmass S’mores, free s’mores with a unique Snowmass spin from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. every day. Guests will find branded s’mores carts at the fire pits in Base Village and the Snowmass Mall, where they can choose from an assortment of out-of-the-ordinary s’mores fixings, roast their marshmallow and build their perfect s’more.
Snowmass’ V.I.K. Program is specifically designed to provide kids’ après activities for families once the lifts close. With daily programming including storytelling, s’mores, cookie decorating, and more, Snowmass offers activities every day all season long for children of all ages. Visit VIKSnowmass.com for schedules and program descriptions.
Thursday, November 23 Opening Day, Snowmass
December 6-24 Letters to Santa
Sunday, December 10 Light Up the Night at Snowmass Chapel
Sunday, December 10 Handel’s “Messiah” at Snowmass Chapel
December 15-17 50th Anniversary Weekend
Saturday, December 16 Starlit Trek & Dinner
Tuesday, December 19 Anderson Ranch Arts Center Holiday Open House
December 21–24 Santa’s Village & Carolers
Friday, December 22 Build a Holiday Gingerbread House
Sunday, December 24 Christmas Eve Services at Snowmass Chapel
Saturday, December 30 Moonlit Trek & Dinner
Sunday, December 31 Snowmass New Year’s Eve Fireworks
January 10-14 Toyota U.S. Grand Prix
January 11–14 Wintersköl™ Celebration (Aspen & Snowmass)
Friday, January 12 Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series
Saturday, January 13 Starlit Trek & Dinner
Tuesday, January 16 Aspen Gay Ski Week Snowmass Day
January 25-28 X Games Aspen (Buttermilk)
Saturday, February 3 Moonlit Trek & Dinner
Saturday, February 10 Bud Light Street Rail Saturdays
Sunday, February 11 Owl Creek Chase
Tuesday, February 13 Mardi Gras Celebration & Fireworks
Saturday, February 17 Bud Light Street Rail Saturdays
Saturday, February 17 Starlit Trek & Dinner
Saturday, February 24 Bud Light Street Rail Saturdays
Friday, March 2 Bud Light Street Rail Fridays
Saturday, March 3 Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race
Saturday, March 3 Moonlit Trek & Dinner
Saturday, March 3 Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race (all mountains)
March 3-10 North American Police Ski & Snowboard Championships
Monday, March 5 Silverboom Race and BBQ
Friday, March 9 Bud Light Street Rail Fridays
Friday, March 16 Bud Light Street Rail Fridays
Saturday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Saturday, March 17 Starlit Trek & Dinner
Friday, March 23 Bud Light Street Rail Fridays
Saturday, March 24 Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series
March 24-1 Terrain Park Boot Camp
Sunday, March 25 Banked Slalom
Friday, March 30 Bud Light Street Rail Fridays
Saturday, March 31 Moonlit Trek & Dinner
Sunday, April 1 Easter Service at Snowmass Chapel
April 1-6 National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic
Tuesday, April 10 Anderson Ranch Arts Center Spring Open House
Saturday, April 14 Starlit Trek & Dinner
Sunday, April 15 Closing Day, Snowmass
For more information please visit www.gosnowmass.com/events.
About Snowmass Village, Colorado – A renowned winter playground and vibrant mountain community just 9 miles from downtown Aspen, Snowmass consistently ranks as one of the best ski areas in the world and was listed as the #4 resort in the west by SKI Magazine in 2018. Celebrating 50 years of operations during the 2017/2018 ski season and part of Aspen Snowmass, Snowmass Ski Area offers guests 3,332 acres of multi-level terrain and boasts the second largest vertical drop in the United States. 95% ski-in/ski-out lodging, over 35 restaurants, numerous shops and boutiques, a bounty of off-piste activities, and a friendly, small town feel beckon visitors year-round. For more information and a complete calendar of events and activities, please visit: www.gosnowmass.com.
Snowmass Tourism Media Contact: Sara Stookey, Public Relations Coordinator, Snowmass Tourism, 970-922-2285 or sstookey@SnowmassTourism.com.
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