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February in Colorado full of concerts, Mardi Gras celebrations, and President's Day parties
Gov't Mule will play at Vail's Dobson Ice Arena Feb. 14, 2009.

February in Colorado full of concerts, Mardi Gras celebrations, and President's Day parties

By Tom Boyd

February 11, 2009 —  February is a big month for mountain towns in Colorado, largely due to the popularity of skiing over President’s Day weekend. It’s also the month for Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras, with Fat Tuesday culminating festivities in almost every ski town Feb. 24, and a smattering of smaller events which keep February hopping.

Breckenridge is one of many towns which fully embrace the spirit of Mardi Gras when they open festivities Feb. 21 with their annual Bacchus Ball and follow it up with a heavy dose of Dionysian days through Fat Tuesday Feb. 24, which features parade through the middle of downtown – a scene reminiscent of Breck’s legendary Ullr Fest held in January. For more visit or call (800) 789-7669.

Other Mardi Gras celebrations of note: Vail’s CarniVail Feb. 22-24 ( or (877) 204-7881) and Crested Butte Mardi Gras Feb 22-24 ( or call (800) 810-7669).

Crested Butte hosts the 18th Annual US Freeskiing Championships Feb. 17-22. There is perhaps no other location in America so perfectly fitted to extreme competition, where crowds can gather at the base of the Butte’s impossibly steep, rocky bowls (which are often sun-drenched) and watch death-defying feats of athleticism all week long. More than any other event, this is where Crested Butte shines. For more visit or call (800) 810-7669.

Copper Mountain will feel the love in the air on Valentine’s Day Feb. 14 with En Fuego downtown, where live music combines with a firework show, torchlight parade, bonfires and street entertainers. For more visit or call (866) 841-2481.

Aspen Buttermilk celebrates its love of a good workout Feb. 14 with the Chris Bove Memorial Uphill Challenge. The race and walk-a-thon challenges racers to walk (or run) to the top of Buttermilk Mountain in the least amount of time, with proceeds benefitting the Challenge Aspen scholarship program and the Children’s Hospital Immunodeficiency Program of Denver. For more visit or call (800) 525-6200. Aspen will follow up the event with a live concert in Snowmass as part of the Hi-Fi Concert Series Feb. 15 (band TBA).

Durango Mountain Resort will be hosting a Slopestyle Competition Feb. 15. The Expressions Sessions Slopestyle is open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages, with prizes awarded at each event. For more visit or call (970) 385-2149.

Ski Cooper may provide a way to avoid President’s Day Weekend crowds at other resorts … the small resort near Leadville will be offering Nastar Racing and cat skiing on Chicago Ridge throughout the weekend. For more visit or call (800) 707-6114.

Government Mule will play a concert Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Vail’s Dobson Ice arena as part of President’s Day festivities. For more visit or call (877) 204-7881.

Vail will also be promoting its natural foods, Appetite for Life program by preparing and giving away samples of dishes from its Appetite for Life recipe book on Saturdays throughout the month of February at its on-mountain restaurants.

Breckenridge shows a charitable side when it hosts the American Cancer Society Hope of the Slopes event Feb. 28. Skiers and snowboarders will compete to amass vertical feet in teams or as individuals while at the same time raising money for the American Cancer Society. For more visit or call (970) 350-5017.



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