From ice-sculpting competitions to beer dunks, winter festivals abound

by | Dec 27, 2021 | Blog, Denver Activities | 0 comments

With Colorado’s bright sunshine and blue skies, we are used to enjoying summer festivals galore. But what diversions does winter bring?

More festivals galore!

It might surprise you, but winter ushers in all kinds of outdoor celebrations geared to take the “cabin” out of “cabin fever.” Here are a few to put on your calendar:

Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships: See the creations of 12 teams from around the world. Each team hand carves 20-ton blocks of snow over five days, “resulting in a temporary outdoor art gallery in historic downtown Breckenridge,” notes the event website. Carving takes place January 24-28, with viewing from January 28-February 2.

Ouray Ice Festival and Competition: Back from a pandemic break, this year’s ice festival celebrates the sport of ice climbing with clinics, vendor exhibitions, competitions and evening celebrations. January 20-23.

Snowdown Durango: “Magical & Mystical” is the theme of this year’s 43rd Snowdown. “This year,” implores the website, “dress up as a glittery unicorn, or maybe a mystical warlock— just let your creativity blossom!” Visitors can choose from more than 100 events over five days, from the Parade of Lights on Main Avenue to winter sporting contests and beer dunks. January 26-30.

X Games Aspen: In its 21st consecutive year, the X Games brings “nearly 100 of the world’s top winter athletes” to compete at Buttermilk ski resort. You can watch live coverage on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, but why not soak in the excitement up close and personal? January 21-23.

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