DIA's got the red-eyed, blue mustang. The Convention Center has the big, blue grizzly. The World's Largest Apres Ski and Ride Party has this; a giant, blue, fuzzy, ermine-looking thing. But the apres ermine can dance. And he can hand out information about the World's Largest Apres Ski and Ride Party, which is exactly what he was doing in downtown Denver recently.
Open to both SIA Snow Show attendees and Denver locals, the World's Largest Apres Ski and Ride Party is this week, January 28-30, 2010.
What makes it the World's Largest Aprs is that many Colorado Ski Country USA resorts have partnered with a downtown bar or restaurant for three days of aprs activities. Individual resorts and downtown venues are offering their own combinations of party particulars including drawings for lift tickets, cat skiing outings, and resort merchandise as well as food and drink specials.
Details on resort and venue parings and promotions are below and more information can be found at www.denverapres.com.
Aspen/Snowmass & Skyline Park Outdoor Viewing Party
Aspen/Snowmass is screening Winter X Games on a 26-foot inflatable screen in Skyline Park, located in the heart of downtown Denver along the 16th Street Mall and at the base of the large Westin Hotel. Outdoor public screenings will be in Hi-Def with tiered viewing.
The resort will host a beer garden, along with other food and hot drink offerings.
Public outdoor screenings will start at 5pm Thursday through Saturday night and end with each night's telecast at 9pm. On Thursday and Saturday, a previous telecast will be shown prior to the live telecast.
Aspen/Snowmass & Earl's, Paramount
Aspen/Snowmass will host Winter X Games viewing parties at two downtown Denver locations (The Paramount and Earl's).
Staff will be outfitted in Aspen/Snowmass and Winter X Games gear.
Each location will be decked out in branded glassware for drink service and other resort-themed. decorations, such as banners, posters, and table tents.
SolVista Basin & Rialto Caf with Grand Marnier
On Friday, January 29th from 8:00pm to 12:00am, SolVista will take over Rialto Caf with Grand Marnier
SolVista will offer Grand Marnier drink specials for the duration of the convention, and other selected drink specials.
Resort reps will be giving out lift tickets, golf passes and Grand Marnier gifts and free drinks.
SolVista and Rialto will also display an ice sculpture with luge.
Powderhorn & Marlowes
Powderhorn and Marlowes are partying all three nights from 5-10pm.
They are hosting drink specials and vendor giveaways every hour.
Guests who order the featured drink can receive a free lift ticket (up to 100 given away each night).
Guests can register to win weekend getaways to Powderhorn including 1 night lodging and 2 lift tickets, Loki outerwear, and a Burton snowboard
Echo Mountain & The Rio Grande
Echo and the Rio are celebrating the full three nights of Aprs.
The two are offering drink specials all day and night to anyone with an SIA badge.
Echo Mountain's street team will be out in full force with swag, tickets and more.
Loveland & Katie Mullens
Another three night gig
Loveland is giving away Loveland swag, lift tickets and 4-Paks each night and even a 2009-10 Season Pass on Saturday night.
Thursday night features a piano sing-a-long at 9:30pm.
Friday from 5:00 - 8:00pm, Pairadeux takes the stage followed by the resident DJ at 10:00pm.
The Potcheen Folk Band on Saturday night plays Celtic Pirate Punk Rock at 10:00pm.
Drink specials all weekend long.
Katie Mullens and Jaegermeister will also have an ice luge on the patio on Saturday night.
Monarch & Blake Street Vault
Three nights of aprs is happening at the Monarch & Blake Street Vault.
The resort is giving away tons of lift tickets each day and one snow cat trip will be given away each day.
Telluride & Appaloosa Grill
Telluride and Appaloosa will give away lift tickets, swag and offer drink and food specials.
Copper Mountain & Lucky Strike Lanes
Join the Copper Mountain Ski Patrol at Lucky Strike Lanes, Jan 28-30 from 6-9pm each night
Giveaways include Copper vintage t-shirts, hats and High Four ticket packages each night, plus great food and drink specials.
A-Basin & the Tilted Kilt
5-8 p.m. each night at the Tilted Kilt
Beach Party and Retro Ski Theme
Raffle every hour with lift tickets and swag
09-10 season pass and snowboard giveaway
Food and drink specials
A-Basin discounted lift ticket specials for everyone
Other resort-bar match-ups for the Aprs party include: Winter Park & Wynkoop, Steamboat & Hard Rock Caf, Durango Mountain Resort & Rock Bottom Brewery