Spring Events: Keep the Good Times Rolling
From music and film festivals to endurance challenges, mark your calendar for these springtime activities.
Spring marks the official start of slushy turns, chasing couloirs, tailgating mayhem and epic closing-day parties complete with pond skimming and wearing your mom's onesie as a costume. If you don’t have plans to make it up to your favorite mountain towns and ski resorts one last time this season, perhaps some of these events will change your mind.
Aspen Film’s Shortfest
April 3 – April 8, 2018
One of the most famous short film festivals in the world, filmmakers from around the globe come to screen their projects and attend panel discussions from April 3 to April 8, at the Wheeler Opera House in downtown Aspen. Learn more here.
Warren Miller Friends & Family Celebration at Vail
April 7, 2018
Come join a massive crew of athletes and industry legends for a commemorative ski down Vail Mountain from the top of Mountain Express to Mid-Vail at 3pm. Then from 4-6pm, there will be a celebration at Sarge's at Mid-Vail complete with Warren Miller films, guest speakers, and live music. And to keep the party going, from 3-10p, parties will continue at various locations in Vail Village, Lionshead Village and Beaver Creek including Bridge Street Bar, Pepi's, Vendetta's, Tavern on the Square, Chop House, and Coyote Cafe.
Big Sky Resort’s Sam Adams Big Air & Après 2018
April 7, 2018
Watch at 3D projection mapping lights up the big air course for a roster of Olympians and X-Games athletes. Enjoy some beer and this big air event that is truly like nothing you’ve seen before. Complete with a grand finale of fireworks. See the full schedule here.
Aspen Highland’s Closing Day
April 8th, 2018
While you’re in Aspen checking out the Aspen Film Shortfest, be sure to make it over to Aspen Highlands and up Highland Bowl for potentially one of most epic closing day celebrations known to mankind. Read one man’s personal account here.
Jay Peak’s Tailgate Party
April 28, 2018
While tailgating is at an all-time high during spring skiing, Jay Peak’s Tailgate Party at Stateside Parking Lot is known for being especially legendary. With a contest for best drink, best dish, best presentation and “overall Tailgate champs”, the stakes are high for all East Coasters participating. Get the details here.
Photo courtesy of Jay Peak.
Spring Back to Vail Pond Skimming Chamionships
April 14 –15 , 2018
Enjoy snowboard demos, live music and an expo village throughout the weekend, but stick around for the 16th Annual World Pond Skimming Championships on Sunday, April 15 on Golden Peak at 3pm to watch some of the best pond skimming in the game. Participants must be at least 14 years old and the top female and male competitors will win a 2018/19 Epic Pass. Registration closed in March, but spectating is ecouraged. See a full calendar of festivities here.
Photo courtesy of Vail Resorts.
Mammoth Lake’s Ezakimak Challenge
April 28, 2018
Kamikaze spelled backwards, this race is just as wacky as its name. All racers head up the Kamikaze trail from the base to the summit at 11,053 feet. This is a 5k race with 2,000 feet of elevation gain, but the difference is all participants can choose how they want to complete the course. Some will be on cross-country skis, others on fat bikes and some may take on the challenge in snowshoes or by foot. Winners are crowned the King and Queen of Mammoth. Register here.
Telluride Mountainfilm Festival
May 25 – May 29, 2018
Making a name for itself as one of the most iconic film festivals in the world, Telluride Mountainfilm has a selection of over 80 films, complete with everything from book signings, to after parties, as well as symposiums and presentations by filmmakers. If you love impactful filmmaking, put Mountainfilm on your list. See ticketing options here.
Park City’s Savor the Summit
June 16, 2018
A town event taking place right before the summer soltice that brings culinary arts, local businesses and music together. Self-proclaimed as “Park City’s Largest Outdoor Dinner Party”, over 2,500 participants come to dine, drink and enjoy downtown Park City for the evening together. Check out the Savor the Summit website to book your spot at one of the many local tables hosting a meal.
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