When the snow starts falling in Colorado, don’t bother cozying up inside; it’s time to head to Colorado’s world class ski resorts to witness the most famous ski and snowboarding competitions in the world. In addition to having the opportunity to watch talented athletes compete in a variety of disciplines, you can also enjoy on-mountain festivals, concerts and entertainment, and activities for kids of all ages.
With so many resorts hosting competitions and festivals all winter long, it can be hard to prioritize which ones to go to, so we rounded up the top three most popular competitive events in the state– and lucky for Coloradans, the world– below:
The Winter Dew Tour, held at Copper Mountain, is an experiential weekend with athlete appearances, arts and entertainment, demos and more. The innovative contest series and content platform brings the world’s best snowboarders, skiers and brands front and center for fans in a celebration of creativity and style. The contest showcases the disciplines of modified superpipe, slopestyle and streetstyle, as well as a team challenge competition. Spectators can enjoy a free front row seat to all the action and enjoy free concerts, stroll through the sponsor village, participate in autograph signings, and more all weekend long.
X Games Aspen is held at Buttermilk Mountain, and is known as the world’s best action sports, music and festival experience on snow, and all of the sport competitions are free and open to the public to watch. X Games Aspen is also host to several musical performances by world-renowned artists that will take the stage alongside the most progressive winter athletes. Be sure to stop by the lower gondola plaza at Aspen Mountain to check out the vendor village where a variety of brands will be handing out samples, swag, and doing product demos.
Watch extreme athletes compete in one of the most astonishing winter competitions around at the Audi Power of Four Race Series in Snowmass. The series is a premier endurance race over the unique and amazing terrain of each of the four Aspen Snowmass Mountains. Athletes compete in teams of two as they race to cover 24 miles and more than 10,000 vertical feet of climbing. Teams start in the Snowmass Village, traverse to West Buttermilk, then on to Aspen Highlands where they ski to Aspen Mountain and end in Gondola Plaza. In addition to the full course, participants have the option to race a shorter course, The Power of Two. This race route begins at the base of Aspen Highlands and also finishes at the Gondola Plaza in Aspen.
If you choose to attend any of these events for more than a day trip, keep in mind that accommodations in the immediate vicinity of Aspen, Snowmass and Copper Mountain tend to book early. If you aren’t able to plan your trip in advance, there are plenty of places to stay in nearby towns where you’ll be just a short drive from the venue. Basalt and Carbondale are great options near Aspen and Snowmass, and Frisco or Silverthorne are a short drive from Copper Mountain.