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Beaver Creek
1st – 3rd  
Birds of Prey World Cup
As the only men’s World Cup stop in the United States, the Birds of Prey has evolved into one of the world’s premier ski events. Beaver Creek Mountain is home to the formidable Birds of Prey race course, challenging an international roster of top athletes for one week of racing. The third annual America's Winter Opening – 'Where It Begins' celebrates the arrival of winter and elevates the experience surrounding the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup race week. It includes live concerts and entertainment, alpine ski racing on Beaver Creek Mountain, “Birds of Prey Way” festivities in Beaver Creek Village, the annual Black Diamond Ball, and much more.
Location:  Beaver Creek
Time: 8:30 am
Information: (970) 754-0020;

17th – 31st
Beaver Creek Loves Kids: Winterfest
Our annual festivals celebrate the joyous spirit of the holidays. Celebrate the season with performances, activities, WinterFest characters, parades, contests, holiday lights, and more! Activities occur each day on the Village Plaza during après ski hours – join us for excitement in the Village after a day of excitement on the slopes. All WinterFest activities are free and fun for “kids” of all ages!
Location:  Beaver Creek Village Plaza
Time: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Information: (970) 754-0020;

New Year's Eve Celebration
Ring in 2018 with the whole family! Voted among the Travel Channel’s top 10 family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations, New Year’s Eve in Beaver Creek begins with a public glow stick ski down, torchlight parade, and fireworks over the village. Following the fireworks, the New Year’s Eve Family Bash gets underway with a DJ, games, dancing, raffle prizes, and balloon drops.
Location:  Beaver Creek, Ford Hall
Time: 7:00 pm – 1:00 am
Information: (970) 754-0020;

14th - 17th
Dew Tour
The Dew Tour returns to Breck for the 11th year from December 14-17, 2017 with a fresh new format and as an Olympics qualifying event. The event is traditionally the start of the competition season and attracts the best in the world with the prize purse and Dew Tour title on the line. This year, the stakes will be higher as a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Olympic qualifying event for men’s and women’s halfpipe and slopestyle snowboarding and skiing competitions. The four-day event features individual Superpipe and slopestyle competitions, along with live concerts, the interactive Dew Tour Experience, The Powder Awards, and the Transworld Snowboarding Rider's Poll Awards. The Team Challenge is back for another year and features invited teams of riders representing the biggest brands in skiing and snowboarding competing on the unique three-course layout with Superpipe and Slopestyle elements.
Location:  Breckenridge
Time: 7:00 am
Information: (800) 789-7669;

Copper Mountain
Rev Tour
The Copper stop of the U.S. Rev Tour includes snowboard and freeski competitions in the Main Vein Superpipe. The Rev Tour has proven to be a progressive venue for today’s top junior skiers and riders to take the competitive stage in multiple disciplines. It is designed to serve as a stepping stone for athletes to make the transition from competing at a grassroots level to the elite level. Top winners may earn an invitation to the U.S. Grand Prix, Junior Worlds or USASA Nationals.
Location: Copper Mountain Resort
Information: (866) 841-2481;

Torchlight Parade & Kid’s Glow Pageant
On Christmas Eve, Copper will dazzle with yet another visit from Santa himself, along with a children’s Glowstick Pageant and a Torchlight Parade down Main Vein.
Location: Copper Mountain Resort
Information: (866) 841-2481;

New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade
Say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018 with a children’s Glowstick Pageant, a Torchlight Parade and - of course - a mountain-side fireworks display. Elevate the evening with a special holiday Moonlight Dine & Ski.
Location: Copper Mountain Resort
Information: (866) 841-2481;

Crested Butte
Santa Ski and Crawl
Crested Butte Mountain Resort is sponsoring the 5th annual "Santa Ski and Crawl" in hopes of breaking our World Record for the most number of skiers in full Santa costumes. Participants must to be decked out in a full Santa suit in order to participate in the group Santa Ski at 3:30 pm from the Ice Bar at Uley’s Cabin.
Location: Crested Butte
Time: 2:00 pm
Information: (877) 547-5143;

Light Up Night on The Mountain
Watch as Santa sprinkles the magic dust on top of the Christmas Tree at the annual tree lighting ceremony on the mountain. Bring your little ones to have their photo taken with Santa as they each tell him what they would like for Christmas. Santa will stay after the tree lighting to take photographs.
Location: Crested Butte Resort, Lodge at Mountaineer Square
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Information: (877) 547-5143;

Torchlight Parade and Santa's Sleigh Ride
Ho Ho Ho! Watch from the Butte 66 deck as Santa comes down the mountain in a sleigh pulled by a snowcat!  Get in the holiday spirit as he hands out candy canes to all the good little girls and boys. Then stay to watch the Crested Butte Ski and Ride School perform their famous torchlight parade down the front side of the mountain at 5:30 pm. Photos with Santa will be available immediately following the torchlight parade inside the Spellbound Pizza area next to Butte 66.
Location: Crested Butte Resort, Butte 66
Time: 5:15 - 6:00 pm
Information: (877) 547-5143;

Frisco’s Town Tree Lighting
Carolers singing under Historic Park Gazebo lit up with holiday lights. Back again this year – beautiful luminaries will line Main Street for an extra dose of mountain magic.
Location: Frisco Historic Park Gazebo
Time: 6:00 pm
Information: (800) 424-1554;

1st - 10th
10th Annual Wassail Days
Local businesses will be serving up their own secret version of wassail. Guests are encouraged to taste at least 12 different types of wassail at 12 different locations and fill their “12 Sips of Wassail Card.” Once the “12 Sips” card is filled out, guests can turn them in at the Frisco/Copper Information Center in exchange for a commemorative Frisco Wassail Days mug. Other fun Wassail Days events include the mouthwatering Soup Cup Classic, Santa visits, the lighting of Frisco, and holiday carolers.
Location: Frisco
Information: (800) 424-1554;

2nd & 9th
Santa Visits the Museum
Santa will be at the Historic Park & Museum and will visit with boys and girls to find out their fondest wishes. Santa loves photos, so bring your camera.
Location: Frisco
Time: 12/2 - 10:00 am – Noon; 12/9 – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Information: (800) 424-1554;

15th – 24th
Kidtopia Spectacular
A week of festive on-mountain fun for the entire family! This event will showcase a variety of activities and Kidtopia programs that make the resort a top destination for families, including firework displays, a torchlight ski parade led by Keystone’s Ski & Ride School, and a mountaintop celebration where guests can enjoy snow tubing, snow cat photo opportunities, live music, hot cocoa and fireside photos with Santa. Kidtopia, Keystone’s season-long free family programming, will animate the mountaintop, plus a special lighting ceremony of the World’s Largest Snow Fort to create an unforgettable night. The Kidtopia Spectacular offers families an entirely new, and uniquely Keystone, mountain experience.
Location: Keystone Resort
Information: (970) 754-0001;

Outdoor Diva’s Demo Day
The Outdoor Divas visits Loveland for a women’s specific demo day. This is your chance to come and try all the latest women’s ski equipment before you buy it. There is no cost to participate, although a driver’s license and credit card are required for deposit as is a valid lift ticket. Brands that will be available for demo include Kastle, Rossignol, K2, Icelantic, Volkl, Blizzard, Nordica, and Dynastar.
Location: Loveland Ski Area
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Information: (303) 571-5580;

Bent Gate Mountaineering Demo Day
Bent Gate Mountaineering visits Loveland to host a demo day with their line of alpine touring, telemark, splitboard and avalanche gear. Pre-register with Bent Gate to receive a discount lift ticket. There is no cost to participate, although a driver’s license and credit card are required for deposit as is a valid lift ticket. Brands that will be available for demo include:  Black Crows, DPS, Dynafit, G3, Icelantic, K2, RMU, Voile, Scarpa, Dynafit, Salomon, Rossignol.  Fleet will be mounted with tele, standard AT, and tech AT bindings. 
Location: Loveland Ski Area
Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Information: (303) 571-5580;

8th - 10th
Vail Snow Days
Vail Snow Days, the largest early-season mountain bash in North America, returns. Enjoy fresh tracks on the mountain, expo village by day, and après parties and free live concerts by night. Winter events in Vail are as unique as the surrounding peaks of the Gore Range and Mount of the Holy Cross. Vail Snow Days is the signature kick-off event to the season, welcoming free live music, wellness and transformation opportunities, family-friendly happenings, a sponsor expo village, and more. Join us in creating moments that become memories, and memories that become tradition.
Location: Lionshead Village and Golden Peak
Information: (888) 500-5155;

16th – 31st
Vail Holidays
Vail Holidays is perfect for family celebrations this holiday season, as the town and mountain come alive with lights, sounds, events and cheer during the month of December. Embrace the holidays with the annual tree lighting ceremony and lantern walk. On New Year’s Eve, torchlight ski down and fireworks ring in the New Year Vail style with the Torchlight Parade, followed by fireworks at Golden Peak. Watch as ski instructors and Vail locals form a train as they ski down Golden Peak with glowing sticks followed by a fireworks display. Holidays is free and open to the public.
Location: Vail Mountain
Information: (888) 500-5155;

Winter Park
16th & 17th
Santa Visits the Village
There is holiday magic in the air at Winter Park Resort. Beautiful snow, ice skating, hot chocolate, what could make this weekend better... Santa! His elves from the North Pole reported that he would be here in the Village Gazebo on Saturday and Sunday. Grab the whole family to visit Santa, give him your Christmas list, and take some pictures. We also heard he is bringing along some holiday carolers to enjoy, too.
Location: Winter Park Resort Village Gazebo
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Information: (970) 726-5514;

Torchlight Parade
The Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade is one of the most beloved Winter Park traditions. The big event begins with Christmas carols around the bonfire at the base, next to the Zephyr Lift. At 5:30 pm, a procession of torch-bearing skiers and riders begin their way down Lower Hughes trail, followed by Santa Claus and his merry helpers. A spectacular firework display and snowcats adorned with Christmas colors light up the slopes in a Christmas tree formation to conclude the festivities. It gets busy at the base, so make sure to get here early for a warm drink and to get a great spot. Immediately following the show at 6 pm, visitors are welcome to attend Christmas Eve non-denominational service located in West Portal. The service is scheduled to last about an hour. After the parade or the non-denominational service, enjoy a holiday buffet mountain top at Sunspot Lodge.
Location: Winter Park Resort
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Information: (970) 726-5514;