Spring ski and snowboard season is in full swing this April weekend
Red Bull SlopeSoakers/Copper Mountain Spring gets a little wacky in Colorado.
There's still plenty of snow and some excellent riding to be had over the next few weeks, but some of our favorite end-of-season festivities are also well underway. Get it while the getting's good with this weekend guide to where to bikini ski, surf some icy ponds, and even kayak down a ski slope.
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Get wet! Copper Mountain's Sunsation festivities kick off this weekend with Red Bull SlopeSoakers on Saturday, a combination slopestyle contest and pond-skimming event sure to leave just about everybody in the drink. The contest is $25 for participants. Just there for the spectating? The first heats begin at 11 a.m.near the Copper Village base area, with finals at 12:30 p.m.
Rock out! Vail still has one more week before closing day -- and plenty of snow to make it good -- and this weekend's festivities include the Spring Back to Vail concert series. Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band take the stage tonight at Solaris in Vail Village (doors open at 6 p.m.). On Saturday STS9 and Polish Ambassador play in Ford Park, and on Sunday Steel Pulse and Bonfire Dub will bring down the Solaris stage.
Tri harder! Breckenridge has a case of Spring Fever, too. Events this weekend include the 23rd annual Imperial Challenge Bike/Ascent/Descent triathlon on Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by a free Big Bad Voodoo Daddy concert on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Peak 8 base area and a free Gin Blossoms concert on Sunday at 2 p.m. Breck's extended season runs through April 27.
To every season, turn, turn, turn! The end of ski and snowboard season is cause for both mourning and celebration down at Monarch Mountain, where the locals are just as into splashing around in all the spring and summer river runoff as they are playing in the snow itself. To mark the seasonal transition, don't miss Kayaks on Snow, our favorite of all the closing weekend spectacle traditions in Colorado. The boats launch on Saturday at 10 a.m., racing down a snowboardcross-style course with berms, banks, bumps, and jumps. The finish line -- but of course -- is an icy pond. Closing day on Sunday features a parking lot cook-off and spirited tailgate party.
Splashdown! Steamboat is winding down this weekend, too, with the 34th annual Cardboard Classic and a free concert featuring the Marchfourth Marching Band on Saturday, and the Splashdown Pond Skimming Championships on Sunday, followed by a free G. Love & Special Sauce concert.