Fall Offers Weekend Events and Festivals in Colorado Ski Country
With fall in Colorado’s high-country just around the corner, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts are celebrating with a variety of Labor Day Weekend events and fall festivals. Guests can find outdoor concerts, mountain biking, fireworks, fall colors, cooler mountain temperatures and Colorado craft beers at events across the state. Summer season closing dates are at the bottom of this release.
Winter Park Resort
Mountain Oktoberfest - September 7
Winter Park Resort’s Mountain Oktoberfest offers guests the perfect atmosphere for enjoying art installations, live painting competitions, an art auction and more. More than a dozen breweries will participate in this all-day autumn-inspired event. For more information, visitwww.winterparkresort.com.
Telluride Ski Resort
Telluride Film Festival – August 30-September 2
Taking over Telluride for Labor Day weekend, the prestigious Telluride Film Festival is four days of movie magic, a celebration of film, community and creativity. The festival notoriously keeps its film schedule a secret, but year after year, films make their debut at the festival and go on to future success.
Cars and Colors Fest – September 26-29
Set among the canyons of the San Juan Mountains, Cars and Colors is placed against the spectacular backdrop of the area's September fall foliage. Throughout the span of four days vintage, exotic, and high-end restoration vehicles are showcased throughout town. If classic and vintage motorcycles or airplanes are more your taste, they've got those too. With four distinct venues, there is something for everyone. For more information on any of these events, visit www.tellurideskiresort.com.
Steamboat OktoberWest - September 13-14
Visitors are invited to celebrate the season at a Steamboat-style Oktoberfest. The festival will feature Rocky Mountain beer, local food specialties and festivities unique to Steamboat.
For more information, visit www.steamboat.com.
Marmot Mountain Trail Race – September 21
A trail race that starts at the bottom of the mountain and ends at the top of the mountain. Just shy of 12 miles, the non-technical trails and grade are steady throughout. A post-race celebration will be held with great food, beer, live music and festivities. For more information, visitwww.purgatoryresort.com.
Gears and Beers Fest – August 31
Enjoy live music, multiple beer and wine vendors and a day full of biking. This weekend will also be the 4th stop of the Revolution Enduro Series making for some excellent spectating opportunities. Gears & Beers is sure to be a great day on the Grand Mesa with a cornhole tournament and a scavenger hunt. This event is free for all. For more information, visit www.powderhorn.com.
Howelsen Hill Ski Area
Rocky Mountain Bull Bash - September 1
Hosted at the Romick Arena and rodeo grounds – the Rocky Mountain Bull bash is an exciting event for the whole family. Watch some of the top professional bull riders in the world with over 40 cowboys competing for prize money. Visits https://www.steamboat.com/things-to-do/events/rocky-mountain-bull-bash for more information.
Fourth Annual Oktoberfest - September 29
Granby Ranch will celebrate the 4th Annual Oktoberfest featuring live polka music, cold beer and traditional fall food. Entry is free and Oktoberfest mugs will be available for purchase. Music at Milestone continues each Wednesday through September. For more information, visit www.granbyranch.com.
Copper Country - August 30-September 1
Copper Mountain’s Labor Day tradition celebrates the best of the American spirit. Copper Country guests will enjoy free admission, free live music, fireworks, kids’ crafts and an arts festival. For more information, visit www.coppercolorado.com.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) – JAS Labor Day Experience (August 31-September 2)
Jazz Aspen Snowmass is a community staple in the Roaring Fork Valley, known for its legendary and entertaining lineup. This year, guests will have the chance to dance and sing along to headlining musicians John Mayer, Sting, Weezer, Portugal The Man and more. Don’t miss the Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival, Balloon Festival and Bluegrass Sundays. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
Oktoberfest - September 14
Hosted in the Mountain Goat Plaza, Arapahoe Basin’s first annual Oktoberfest will feature live Austrian folk music, Paulaner beer, giant pretzels, bratwurst and schnitzel sandwiches. Guests can catch live performances by Those Austrian Guys and take advantage of free chairlift rides to close out the summer. Yoga and Disc Golf continues through September 15. For more information, visit www.arapahoebasin.com.
CSCUSA Resorts Summer Closing Dates
Copper Mountain September 1
Arapahoe Basin September 15
Granby Ranch September 29
Aspen Mountain October 6
Aspen Snowmass October 6
Powderhorn October 6
Winter Park October 6
Purgatory October 13
Steamboat October 13
Telluride October 20