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Ski Country Trifecta

Ski Country Trifecta – This weekend is the unofficial kick off for summer. People often wonder what we do in the summer without any snow, and generally, we try to do the same thing we do in the winter, find fun ways to slide down the mountain.

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The great part about this time of year is the three-sport matrix comes into play, completing three outdoor sports in the same day. For example, winter operations are still happening at A-Basin, some resorts will offer full summer operations while others offer a few activities. Then there are some resorts that put the word ‘Festival’ at the end of sentences and voila, there is the summer line up. So the trifecta could be to take some runs at A-basin, go for a bike ride, then hike into the sunset. Or maybe play 9 holes in the morning, take some runs at A-basin in the afternoon, and go for a ride in the evening.

To kick things off, take a gander at what’s happening this weekend. You’ve got three days to perfect the trifecta and then go to the Relax and Have a Drink in the Sun Festival.


Shakin at the Basin May Concert Series
Date: 5/29/2010
last rail jam of the season in Treeline Terrain Park
PRIZES: snowboards, concert tickets, helmets, and more
Registration is free and begins at 10 am
Competition 10:30 am 11:30 am
Coral Creek playing on ticket office steps from 1 pm 4 pm

9th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs & Shakin at the Basin May Concert Series
Date: 5/30/2010
Cost to attend: $20.00
Largest party of the year!
Beer sampling from a variety of Summit County brewpubs for one low price per 14 oz mug (must be 21 or older)
Great live music
Springtime skiing
That Eighties Band on ticket office steps from 1 pm 4 pm


The Silver Queen Gondola will resume service to the top of Aspen Mountain this weekend, May 29 31, 2010. The Gondola will re-open on weekends until June 18 when daily service for the summer begins.

The Gondola will run from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. with the last download at 4:30 p.m.

The Sundeck will be open from 11 a.m. 3 p.m. offering a full lunch menu including with grilled items, fresh sandwiches, vegetarian dishes, homemade pizza, salads, desserts and beverages.

Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest
Date: June 4, 2010 – June 6, 2010
Location: Snowmass Village
The Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest combines three fiery components into one smokin’ weekend! The International Chili Society holds its two chili competitions and tastings in Snowmass, while microbrewers face off in a prestigious summer ale competition with two brew sampling sessions for festival-goers featuring 50 plus breweries. Fanny Hill rocks with hot music all weekend.



Copper opens for summer operations on June 18.
Beginning June 18:
Free lift rides on the American Eagle chairlift from 10 am 4 pm daily (weather permitting)
Mini golf
Rock climbing wall
Bungee jump
And more! (plus activities in Summit County)


Crested Butte opens for summer operations on June 4th.
Elevation hotel and spa re-opens for the summer June 4th
Crested Butte Restaurant Week begins Friday, June 11th


Summer Opening Weekend starts May 30th.
Fun plaza activities at DMR! Open Saturday and Sunday only until June 19th, when they will be open every day of the week.


Paddling Life Invitational and the 30th Annual Yampa River Fest
(Invitational kayaking event in Steamboat Springs)
Date: 5/31/2010
Now in its fifth year, and held in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the Yampa River Festival (May 28-30, 2010), the Paddling Life Invitational is a one-day kayaking event in Steamboat Springs, CO that pits some of the world’s top kayakers against one another in a one-day, two-event competition for a cash purse and year-long bragging rights.
The best men and women kayakers in the world compete head-to-head in a downriver race on the middle section of Fish Creek, followed by a freestyle event in the C-Hole in downtown Steamboat Springs, arguably the best man-made feature in the state. This is followed by an Aprs Paddle and Awards Party sponsored by New Belgium Brewery at Sun Pies Bistro between 7th and 8th on Yampa Ave (waterside to the Yampa River).


Also coming up
6/02/2010: Youth Education Scholarship Golf Tournament
6/04/2010: Steamboat Springs First Friday Artwalk
6/06/2010: 29th Annual Steamboat Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k


Telluride Mountainfilm Festival
Date: May 28 May 31 (all day)
Location: Throughout Telluride
Currently in its 32nd year, the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival is a four day cultural event that attracts many people from all around the world.

2010 Summer Festival and Activities Schedule
May 27 – 31 Mountain Film Festival
June 4 – 6 Telluride Balloon Festival
June 7 – 12 Wild West Fest
June 17 – 20Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 24 – 27 Telluride Wine Festival
June 29 – July 4 Telluride Plein-Air Art Festival
July 4 Fourth of July Parade and Celebration
July 8 -11 Telluride Yoga Festival
July 30 Telluride Cajun Festival – Music on Main St.
August 6 – 8 Jazz Celebration
August 9 &10 PHISH Shows in Telluride
August 12 – 21 Chamber Music Festival
August 14 – 16 Telluride Festival of the Arts
August 26 – 29 Telluride Mushroom Festival
September 3 – 6 Telluride Film Festival
September 17 – 19 Blues & Brews


Winter Park Resort Opens for the Summer on June 12.
Winter Park Resort’s summer hours of operation are 10am through 5:30pm, 7 days a week, from June 12 through September 6, 2010 (Labor Day) and the same hours weekends from September 6-26. Ticket windows open at 9:30am. The Zephyr Express Chairlift closes at 5pm, while other activities close at 5:30pm.

And coming up in June
6/12/2010: Epic Singletrack Race Series #1, Hill Climb Kick-Off
6/19/2010: Comedy Night
6/20/2010: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow in the Park
6/25/2010: Coca-Cola Family Movie Night