Top Colorado Winter Sports Events

Top Colorado winter sports events encompass speed, carnage, adventure, freezing weather, aerial feats of magic and pure athleticism. Competing in Colorado winter sports events requires grit and sometimes a few loose screws. Top Colorado winter sports events take place on half-pipes, Nordic tracks, mountain slopes, ice covered lakes and mountain sides and snow covered bike trails. The winter season is jam packed with exciting Colorado winter sports events. Most of these are open to amateurs and some are more extreme than others. Below is EiC top picks of Colorado winter sports events that are unique to this state. They are extreme, wild and most of us would be better off being spectators than participants.

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  1. Ice Racing, Dec. 29-March 5, 2019. Georgetown Lake turns into an ice racetrack during the winter where Our Gang 4 Wheelers ice racing club has held their ice racing competition for the last 40 years. You can join in in or just watch for free.
  2. Cowboy Downhill, January 21, 2019 – Carnage is the best word to describe the Cowboy Downhill that has taken place in Steamboat for the last 40 years. It’s the brain child of ski champ Billy Kidd and world champion cowboy Larry Mahan.
  3. Ouray Ice Festival, January 24-27, 2019 – Ouray is the only place in Colorado that sports an honest to goodness ice park and in January they celebrate the sport of ice climbing with clinics, music, food, dance parties and of course the world’s best ice climbing talent competing for the prize.
  4. Fat Bike World Championships, January 23-27, 2019 – It was just a matter of time before the newest craze on two wheels has a world championship and there’s no better place to hold it than Crested Butte, the adventure sports capital of the world.Top Colorado Winter Sports Events
  5. XGames, January 24-27, 2019 - You can always expect to see broken limbs, concussions and carnage at the greatest show on snow. In return, you’ll also see spectacular racing and gravity defying tricks on skis, snowboards and snowmobiles in the incredible setting of Aspen.
  6. Three Lakes Ice Fishing, January 25-27 – Ice fishing may not be as dangerous as some of the other competitions on this list, but the fishing does take place on the ice and there’s $18,000 in cash prizes. The 3 lakes located in Grand County are Lake Granby, Mountain Shadow Lake and Grand Lake.
  7. US Extreme Freeskiing Championships, February 8-10, 2019. This event brings together the top ranked freeride athletes from around the world to ski the extreme steep terrain at Crested Butte. What these guys do is freaky scary, death defying and majestic.
  8. Winter Park Resorts Uphill Battle, TBA This is the first uphill event at Winter Park where anyone can earn their turns by skinning up to Sunspot Lodge before skiing down to claim prizes for the best time.
  9. The Pabst Pond Hockey Tournament, February 15-17, 2019 - This was voted the best damn hockey tournament in the USA. The round robin tournament is open to all ability levels and thousands of hockey players from around the state and country show up to compete on North Pond Lake in Silverthorne, Summit County. Can you say old school?
  10. Wells Fargo Ski Cup, February 22-24, 2019 –The Wells Fargo Ski Cup is a snow sports competition for disabled skiers. The Paralympians focus on their abilities rather than their disabilities and their determination and ability to overcome their physical setbacks is inspiring and fun to watch
  11. Gothic Mountain Tour, February 23. 2019 – The back country race spans 5000 vertical feet in elevation over 22 miles.
  12. Ski Joring , March 1-3, 2019 – There are a few communities that have ski joring competitions in Colorado, but the granddaddy of them all has been around since 1949 and takes place the first weekend of March in downtown Leadville. Skijoring is a competition where a horse and a rider pull a skier as fast as they can through a course of jumps, gates and rings.
  13. Al Johnson Telemark Race, March 17, 2019 – It’s that place and a time where people do care if you tele. Racers dress in costume garb as they participate in this race that benefits the Crested Butte Avalanche Center and is held in memorial to mail man Al Johnson. In the late 1800s he carried 25 lb sacks of mail through the winter terrain of Gunnison Valley on skis. This race is moreColorado Winter Sports Events fun than extreme.
  14. Grand Traverse, March 28-30, 2019 – This event gets 5 stars on the stud meter. This back country ski race starts in Crested Butte at midnight and spans 12 to 18 hours and 40 miles over the Elk Mountains to destination Aspen.
  15. 30th Enduro, April 10, 2019 – This 10 hour race takes place on the Pail chair at A-Basin. Participants make laps  up the Pali chair from 7am to 5pm. Entrance fee is $150 for the Pali Enduro and $100 for the Pail light (9am-4pm). Proceeds benefit a local family or community member in need. The completion of the Enduro is followed by a throw down Après ski party that can only be found at A-Basin.

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AMERICA'S MUSICAL JOURNEY
Feb 16 - Dec 31
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Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker
Sep 16 - Jan 06
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DaVinci X - The Machines & You Exhibition
Sep 18 - Dec 31
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Mindbender Mansion
Sep 18 - Jan 06
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Tara Donovan: Fieldwork
Sep 21 - Jan 27
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Above and Beyond
Sep 29 - Jan 13
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A Christmas Carol, the Musical
Nov 09 - Dec 23
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Santa’s Wonderland
Nov 10 - Dec 24
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The Polar Express™ Train Ride
Nov 10 - Dec 23
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Holiday Art Mart
Nov 11 - Dec 30
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The Polar Express Train Ride
Nov 16 - Jan 03
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Wonderlights
Nov 16 - Jan 01
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Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects
Nov 21 - Dec 31
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Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park
Nov 22 - Jan 23
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Mountain Illumination Festival at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Nov 23 - Dec 27
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Blossoms of Light
Nov 23 - Jan 01
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Broomball Tuesdays
Dec 04 - Mar 26
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Campfire Music Series Wednesdays
Dec 05 - Mar 27
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The Chocolate Village at Keystone Lodge & Spa
Dec 06 - Jan 07
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Pine Creek Cook House Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski Dinners Wed-Mon
Dec 07 - Apr 07
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Christmas Train Show (29th Annual) pres. by the Grand Valley Model Railroad Club
Dec 08-30
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Four Points Snowcat Dinner
Dec 15 - Apr 06
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Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) Shred ladies - Ride Day
Dec 18
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Light Up Night on the Mountain
Dec 18
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Open Mic with Will-E Bean
Dec 18
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Dude & Bro Get Real
Dec 18-21
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Holiday Follies
Dec 19
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Aspen Snowmass SkiMo Series
Dec 19
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USPA Piaget World Snow Polo Championship
Dec 19
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The Celtic Gift: Irish Dance Theatre
Dec 19
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Live music every Wednesday with Acoustic Moose
Dec 19
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Up & At 'Em Ski Race
Dec 19
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Winter Wine Snowshoe Excursion
Dec 20
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Disco Floyd with Coal Town Reunion
Dec 20
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Doe Paoro
Dec 20
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One Way Ride
Dec 20
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The Herman Clan
Dec 20
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The Samples
Dec 20
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SoDown w/ TruFeelz
Dec 20
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Live Karaoke with Will-E Bean
Dec 20
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David Benoit Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown with Special Guest Sara Gazarek
Dec 20
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Winter Stoke Film Festival
Dec 20
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Salida Holiday Fest
Dec 20
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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
Dec 21
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Dillon Francis
Dec 21
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Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue
Dec 21
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Matt Flaherty (album release/birthday party) Part & Parcel - Midnight Strange
Dec 21
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Armnhmr
Dec 21
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Biz Markie
Dec 21
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Hazel Miller Christmas Show
Dec 21
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Irish Dance Theatre: "The Celtic Gift"
Dec 21
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Jade Cicada and Detox Unit
Dec 21
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Overslept - Silver & Gold - Postcards - Tyto Alba
Dec 21
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Reverb 002
Dec 21
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The Nutcracker Circus
Dec 21
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Latin Night with Axel
Dec 21
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Keller Wiliams & His Compadres
Dec 21-22
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Ski with a Naturalist
Dec 21
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Ski Girls Rock
Dec 21 - Jan 06
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10 BARREL BREWING MUSIC SERIES: SCOTT DALE
Dec 22
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Vince Herman - Chris Daniels & The Kings - Silas Herman - Bonnie Paine - Charlie Rose
Dec 22
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Tenmile Twighlight Tour & DInner @ 10 Mile Station
Dec 22
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Dooz Day With Doozy
Dec 22
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Sulphurensis
Dec 22
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Alpenglow Evening Snowshoe Tours
Dec 22
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Santa Claus on the Mountain
Dec 22
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Christmas Train Show (29th Annual) pres. by the Grand Valley Model Railroad Club
Dec 22-23
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Garden of the Lights
Dec 22-23
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Dude & Bro Get Real
Dec 22-23
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Shawn Colvin
Dec 22
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Aspen Laugh Festival presents Melissa Villasenor
Dec 23
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Sunday Night Jam Session
Dec 23
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Ballet Society: A Colorado Nutcracker
Dec 23
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Picasso & Vino
Dec 23
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Ski with a Ranger
Dec 23
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Week of December 17, 2018

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