Winter makes The Mile High City sparkle. There's plenty of snowy fun this year, from a Winter Brew Fest to a rare winter concert at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater.
Denver is also the world's largest après ski town. It's a great place to gear up and find deals before you hit the higher Rocky Mountains of Colorado. You can even ride a ski train from the city to the slopes via the Winter Park Express.
Snow lovers celebrate Norse mythology dressed as vikings with Ullympic competitions (such as frying-pan flinging), a downtown Breckenridge parade and bonfire, nighttime snowshoeing, ice-skating and fat-bike racing.
Wintersköl in Aspen: Jan. 12-15, 2017 Aspen's annual "toast to winter" dates back to January 1951 when locals began celebrating the town's unique Nordic lifestyle. The-four day fest features on-mountain activities, Soupsköl (a soup cook-off), a canine fashion show, winterfest, broomball and fat-biking competitions and much more.
UllrGrass in Golden, Jan. 27–29, 2017 Put on your faux fur and Viking horns for this family-friendly winter music and beer fest surrounded by the beauty of the Rocky Mountain foothills in Golden. Highlights include the UrllGrass Parade, music from local and national bluegrass musicians and tons of local food and craft vendors.
Winter Park Winter Carnival: Feb. 6–14, 2017 This fest is a birthday party for one of the area's colorful early residents — a gal named Mary Jane — with live music, fireworks, ice-skating lessons, sled races, horse-drawn carriage rides and more in Winter Park.
Steamboat Springs' Winter Carnival: Feb. 8–12, 2017 Steamboat has reveled in their bounty of trademark Champagne Powder™ since 1914. The carnival features ski-jumping competitions, dog-sled pulls, cross-country obstacle races, a tubing party and a spectacular fireworks display.
Pagosa Springs' Winterfest: Feb. TBD, 2017 Are you brave enough to submerge yourself in the San Juan River's Penguin Plunge? Test your cooking skills in the Anything Goes Chile Content or sit back and watch the Nordic Club races in Pagosa Springs.
Ski Joring & Crystal Carnival in Leadville: March 5–6, 2016 A fearless skier navigates an obstacle course connected by towrope to a horse and rider galloping at top speed, and it all takes place in the middle of town, in addition to a winter carnival with other snowy activities.
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