Top Colorado Winter Sports Events

Top Colorado Winter Sports EVentsTop 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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Top Colorado Winter Sports Events

Iconic Top Colorado Winter Sports Events in 2019

  1. San Juan Skijoring and Beer Fest, Jan. 12-13. What make a ski joring competition better? A beer fest that goes along with it of course. The South Western corner of Colorado comes alive with ski joring at the Ouray Country Fairgrounds in Ridgway.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. XGames, January 24-27, 2019 - The greatest show on snow delivers broken limbs, concussions and carnage. There's also racing and gravity defying tricks on skis, snowboards and snowmobiles in the incredible setting of Aspen featuring great live concerts outside to boot.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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
  10. Gothic Mountain Tour, February 23. 2019 – The back country race spans 5000 vertical feet in elevation over 22 miles.
  11. 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.
  12. Burton US Open, Feb. 25 - March 2 - Vail hosts the best men and women snowboarders in the world competing in slopestyle and halfpipe events. There's also great concerts.
  13. Al Johnson Telemark Race, March 24, 2019 – It’s a place and 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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Duration
Venue
Location
Tickets
Tara Donovan: Fieldwork
Sep 21 - Jan 27
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Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park
Nov 22 - Jan 23
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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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Pine Creek Cook House Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski Dinners Wed-Mon
Dec 07 - Apr 07
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Four Points Snowcat Dinner
Dec 15 - Apr 06
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Mini Rail Jam Friday 4-5pm
Jan 04 - Mar 29
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Music at the Jane Fridays and Saturdays
Jan 04 - Mar 29
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Earthcry
Jan 23
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Litz
Jan 23
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McDonald’s Twilight Nights Race Series
Jan 23
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Marc Cohn
Jan 23
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Up & At 'Em Ski Race
Jan 23
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Xgames
Jan 24-27
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Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend
Jan 24-27
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Winter Wine Snowshoe Excursion
Jan 24
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The Reminders
Jan 24
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Bridget Law - Caribou Mountain Collective
Jan 25
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Citizen Dan: A Steely Dan Tribute
Jan 25
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Denver Winter Brew Fest
Jan 25-26
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Everyone Orchestra
Jan 25-26
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High On Fire
Jan 25
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Steve Kimock/ Natalie Cressman/ New Orleans Suspects/ Everyone Orchestra/ Los Colognes/ Jeremy Salken/ Bill Payne
Jan 25
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Head For The Hills
Jan 25
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Snowshoe Ecology Walk
Jan 25
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The Green - Eli-Mac - FIA
Jan 25
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UllrGrass Music and Beer Festival featuring Sam Bush Band - Drew Emmitt - The New Orleans Suspects and many more!
Jan 25
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Ski with a Naturalist
Jan 25
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Papadosio
Jan 25-26
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Mountaintop Music Series: TBD
Jan 25
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Brett Dennen
Jan 26
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Breckenridge Vipers Hockey vs. Pikes Peak
Jan 26
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Crow Cavalier
Jan 26
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INDO EXPO Denver 2019
Jan 26-27
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Los Stellarians (ft. SA of 311)
Jan 26
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Marc Cohn
Jan 26
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Vic N' The Narwhals - The Corner Girls - Colfax Speed Queen
Jan 26
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USASA Slopestyle Competition
Jan 26-27
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Spontaneous Combustion Bonfire
Jan 26
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Wood Belly
Jan 26
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Ullrgrass Festival: Sam Bush - Coral Creek - Way Down Wonderers - Thunder and Rain - Mama Magnolia and many more
Jan 26-27
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Cooper Cup Race #2
Jan 26
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Ranger-led Snowshoe Walks
Jan 26
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Mountaintop Music Series: Kerri Lick
Jan 26
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Sunday Night Jam Session
Jan 27
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J Diggs with Boss Hogg and Thizz Nation
Jan 27
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Jack Dunlevie Trio and Alex Heffron Group
Jan 27
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Jade Vases and Crooked Coast
Jan 27
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School of Rock - Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd
Jan 27
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School of Rock - Tribute to Lyrnyrd Skynyrd
Jan 27
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Snowshoe Ecology Walk
Jan 27
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Mister G
Jan 27
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Ski with a Ranger
Jan 27
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Local Appreciation Day ($50 adult $33 seniors and $27 kid lift tickets)
Jan 27
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Tomorrow's Bad Seeds
Jan 27
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Peter Yarrow
Jan 27
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Heli Ski Camp
Jan 27-29
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Week of January 21, 2019

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