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Be sure to add these Rocky Mountain events and to your calendar to maximize the fun this winter.

Bluegrass Around the Campfire

Every Thursday, October, 2018 through November, 2018

A-lodge campfire, Boulder, Colorado

An inspiring crew of Fourmile Canyon musicians has been swirling sweet bluegrass melodies around the A-lodge campfire on Thursday nights. Swing by, grab a refreshing beverage and join them. Bring your instrument or just your ears. Starts at 7 p.m. a-lodge.com

Wilderness Exchange Unlimited Fall Gear Swap

October 13

Denver, Colorado

WildlyX’s gear swap is the place to get the best deals on the gear you need for all your outdoor adventures. The shop blocks off the parking lot behind the building and sets up tables where you can sell your old stuff and buy new goodies. wildernessx.com/blog/fall-2018-gear-swap

Wilderness Exchange Unlimited Snow Stoke Social! 

November 1

Denver, Colorado

Come together with the Denver backcountry community and get excited about the upcoming season. This fun event raises awareness about winter backcountry recreation in Colorado, and it’s also a big fundraiser for WildlyX’s partners at Friends of Berthoud Pass. wildernessx.com/blog/snow-stoke-2018

Upslope’s 10th Anniversary Party

November 3, 2018

Upslope Brewing, Boulder, Colorado

Come celebrate 10 years of beers and cheers with Upslope on Saturday, November 3. Enjoy more than 30 Upslope beers, live music, food trucks and more! Free entry, come party with us! upslopebrewing.com/events

Bentgate Mountaineering Backcountry 101 Sessions

First Wednesday of the Month, November 2018 through March 2019

Golden, Colorado

Starting on November 7, head to Bentgate for free Backcountry 101 clinics to introduce you to the gear and knowledge you’ll need to get into the backcountry! bentgate.com

Wilderness Exchange Unlimited Avalanche Awarness Clinics

Denver, Colorado

November 8, 2018; December 6, 2018; January 10, 2019

Wildlyx will host a series of free avalanche safety classrooms put on by Friends of Berthoud Pass and Colorado Mountain School, covering topics such as identifying hazards, observing weather, terrain and self-rescue. wildernessx.com/blog/avy-clinics-2018

Rise and Shine Rando Series

November 13 and 27, 2018; December 4, 2018; and January 8 and 22, 2019

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Colorado

A-Basin’s early-morning randonee (uphill skiing) races will test your legs and lungs, with a beautiful sunrise as a reward. Get your sweat on before work with creative courses and fun prizes. arapahoebasin.com/events

27th Annual Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo

November 16-18, 2018

Denver, Colorado

This gigantic ski and snowboard sale features discounts up to 70 percent off Sun & Ski Sports merchandise. Entertainment includes the new electronic longboard demo course, high ropes course, fitness challenge, trampoline exhibition and beer garden. Expo visitors can purchase pre-season pricing on season passes and lift ticket packages. skisnowexpo.com/denver-expo

Christy Sports Demo Day

November 17, 2018

Loveland Ski Area, Colorado

Christy Sports visits the Loveland Basin parking lot to host an early season demo day with all the latest and greatest skis and snowboards for you to try before you buy. After the demos, an après party with drink specials and raffles will be held in the Rathskeller. lovelandskiarea.com

Donation Day

November 21, 2018

Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colorado

Join CB for Donation Day! Discounted lift ticket proceeds benefit the Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation whose mission is to provide financial support for the youth in Crested Butte and Gunnison communities in their pursuit of sportsmanship, passion, excellence and discipline through snow sport experiences! skicb.com/event/donation-day

Kegs For A Cause

November 28

Upslope’s Flatiron Park Facility

Boulder, Colorado

Upslope Brewing Co’s. monthly Kegs for a Cause raffle will benefit Backcountry Hunters & Anglers in November. Prizes include a keg, two guided fly fishing trips, Danner boot, and more. Entry is $5 per ticket and available in either tap room. All proceeds go to BHA. upslopebrewing.com/events

Grand Targhee NEW YEAR’S EVE Celebration

December 31

Grand Targhee, Wyoming

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a multi-course meal at the Branding Iron Grill and the annual Torchlight Parade in Grand Targhee Plaza. Afterwards, head to the Trap Bar & Grill for the annual raging bash. grandtarghee.com

New Year’s Eve Celebration

December 31

Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Colorado

Ring in the new year at Powderhorn Mountain Resort. Join Powderhorn for a night of live music, games, and a torchlight parade to help welcome in 2019. 

 Snow Mountain Ranch Classic Race

January 5, 2019

Snow Mountain Ranch, Colorado

The 19th annual Snow Mountain Classic features a 7.5K and a 15K classic-only race. Come and experience the scenic beauty and challenging trails of Snow Mountain Ranch in this early-season, classic-only event. snowmountainranch.org/event/snow-mountain-ranch-classic-race-2/

Cannonball Run

February 2, 2019

Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Colorado

 Rest your legs and prepare for the endurance event of the season. Sign up for the Powderhorn Cannonball Run where participants will compete to see who can get the most laps possible on in a single day down Cannonball Run. This is a local favorite event at Powderhorn. powderhorn.com

17th Annual Beacon Bowl and Après Party

February 9, 2019

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Colorado 

Test your beacon search skills for beer and bragging rights, demo the latest backcountry gear and learn about snow safety at the Beacon Bowl. Stick around after the on-mountain events for an après party featuring live music and a huge silent auction. arapahoebasin.com/event/beacon-bowl

 Kings and Queens of Corbet’S

February 10-16, 2019
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming 

Kings and Queens of Corbet’s is a new freeride event held at the most famed couloir in North America. Skiers and snowboarders will travel to JHMR to test their grit—at the end of the day, just one man and one woman will be crowned the King and Queen of Corbet’s. jacksonhole.com/kings-queens-corbets.html

Mountaintop Matrimony

February 14, 2019

Loveland Ski Area, Colorado

The 28th Annual Valentine’s Day Mountaintop Matrimony ceremony and reception is a Loveland tradition where new couples are joined in matrimony and married couples renew their vows in a mass wedding at the Ptarmigan Roost Cabin, elevation 12,050 feet. Pre-registered couples get two-for-one lift tickets. lovelandskiarea.com

Valdez Ice Climbing Fest

February 15-18, 2019

Valdez, Alaska

The world’s oldest ice climbing fest features small crowds and big waterfall ice. Clinics, guided adventures, demos and more feature gear and athletes from adidas, Five Ten, Black Diamond, Camp/Cassin, Petzl, The North Face, Julbo, Nikwax and more. valdezicefest.com

10th Mountain Day

March 1, 2019

Ski Cooper, Colorado

Ski Cooper is the home of the 10th Mountain Division troops who first cut trails on Cooper Hill for training in the 1940’s. Join Ski Cooper in a military salute to its 10th Mountain Heritage with 10th Mountain soldiers and current military carrying flags in a ski-down. skicooper.com

 Snow Mountain Ranch Stampede Races

March 9-10, 2019

Snow Mountain Ranch, Colorado

Join Snow Mountain Ranch for the Snow Mountain Ranch Stampede featuring 10K, 25K and 50K classic and freestyle events. Complete both 50K races and receive a 100K Ranch Boss belt buckle, or complete both 25K races and receive a 50 K Ranch Hand belt buckle. snowmountainranch.org/event/stampede-races

Jackson Hole Rendezvous

March 14-17, 2019
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort /Town of Jackson, Wyoming

 The Jackson Hole Rendezvous is a four-day, spring lifestyle and music festival that provides the most iconic backdrops imaginable— historic downtown Jackson Town Square and the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort— for legendary music acts. jacksonhole.com/rendezvous.html

St. Patrick’s Day Party  

March 17, 2019

Ski Cooper, Colorado

Get your Irish on at Cooper! There will be tasty Irish food and drink specials at Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub along with live Irish music including Colin McFee on the bagpipe at 2 p.m. skicooper.com

Closing Day: Spring Break at Grand Targhee

March 2019

Grand Targhee, Wyoming

Come enjoy a full month of endless good times for the whole family during Grand Targhee’s Annual Spring Break celebration. There’s great skiing and riding on the mountain, live music every weekend through closing day, open mic nights, a throwback ‘80s sick trick competition with a DJ on deck, the Rubber Legs Banked Slalom Race, the annual Cardboard Box derby, the Sink or Swim 100-foot long Pond Skim and much more. grandtarghee.com

Chugach Fat Bike Bash

April 5-7, 2019

Valdez, Alaska

 A celebration of winter and bike culture over the icebergs, through the glacier, around the harbor and down Thompson Pass. The fun includes the Ursa Major Harbor Race, Hoodoo Cross-Country Race, World Championship Fat Downhill, Poker Run and Parade. As seen in the film “Blue.” chugachfatbikebash.com