Colorado's can't-miss ski and snowboard events for the week

Categories: Outdoors

Photo by Brian Rodine, courtesy Vail Resorts
Skier Liana Sideli playing in the pow at Vail on Wednesday.
"A potent combination of moisture and arctic air left significant amounts of new snow throughout the high country over the last couple of days," reports Colorado Ski Country USA spokesman Patrick Byrne. Translation? With some Colorado ski areas getting as much as nineteen inches of snow from this week's storm, winter has officially arrived. Read on for a look at some ways to make the most of it.

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Ladies first! Need to sort out some new powder planks to make the most of the recent dump? Loveland, which has already gotten more than 100 inches of snow this season, is hosting the Outdoor Divas women's gear demo day today, featuring free demo skis from Icelantic, Kastle, Rossignol, K2, Volkl, Blizzard, Nordica, and Dynastar. Loveland's also playing host to Nordica's Belles for Belles event this weekend, a ladies' demo day (registration is $35, plus lift ticket) geared towards intermediate and advanced skiers. Nordica's Christine Booker and Christine Braun, and Loveland Ski & Ride School instructors Tammi Sjoden and Ruthie Jerome will be on hand to offer some tips for keeping your tips up in all that snow, and there's a wine & cheese après party afterwards.

Get Gnarly! The So-Gnar Snowboard Camp Tour -- Westword's Best of Denver 2013 Best Snowboard Camp Value -- kicks off at Loveland on Saturday and Sunday. The $150 two-day registration fee covers private instruction with Pat Milbery and his team of local pros, as well as lunch and a whole bunch of product giveaways. Can't make it? The So-Gnar Snowboard Camp Tour also stops in Denver at the Ruby Hill Snowboard Park for a free camp session on January 29 and heads to Copper Mountain March 1-2.

"Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn." Chances are the ski courses in Sochi won't have anything on Beaver Creek's Birds of Prey run, so get up there while the getting's good: the mountain hosts the Birds of Prey Men's World Cup Friday through Sunday, the only World Cup stop in the U.S. for Downhill, Super G and Giant Slalom racing in this Olympic year. All races and festivities are free and open to the public.

Aspen's Summit for Life Uphill Race benefits the Chris Klug Foundation

Wait, you're going the wrong way! If all that downhill alpine racing is a little fast for your blood, try the 8th annual nighttime Summit for Life Uphill Race on Saturday at Aspen Mountain instead, benefiting the Chris Klug Foundation's efforts to promote organ donation. You'll climb 3,267 vertical feet over the 2.5 mile course, and all the snow piling up this week isn't going to make it any easier. But the ride down? Oh, the ride down.

Grab the rings! Amateur pipe jocks who think they were overlooked by last week's U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing team announcements will get their chance against the pros in the North Face Park & Pipe Open Series at Copper Mountain, Friday through Sunday. Olympic rings in your dreams? The event doubles as a last-chance qualifier into the U.S. Grand Prix series, where Olympic hopefuls will battle it out before the official Team USA selection announcement for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

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