Each year, the city of Durango pulls out all the stops during the last week of January for the annual Snowdown festival. Pub mini-golf, the ‘Snowdown Follies’ talent show, live music, the polar beer plunge, and outrageous costumes are only the tip of the iceberg. The theme for Snowdown 2016 is ‘Back to the Eighties,’ so be sure to bring your Atari and best hair metal outfit because the headbanging will be nonstop all over town from January 27-31.
2. Frozen Dead Guy Days
Leave it to the hippiest town in a state full of hippie towns to throw a party celebrating Bredo Morstel, who sits frozen in a state of suspended animation on dry ice, tucked away in a Tuff Shed above the small town of Nederland. In celebration of his perma-smile, the town throws a three-day beer and music festival featuring coffin racing, over twenty bands, ice turkey bowling, and more. It all goes down March 11-13, 2016.
3. Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival
Steamboat residents and guests alike celebrate the town’s epic annual snowfall as well as the local party scene each February. The snow-covered streets fill with horses and cowboy ski racing, music, and general revelry as the town’s western heritage crashed head-on with its renowned ski culture. The party happens February 3-7, 2016.
4. Ouray Ice Festival
The town of Ouray represents ice climbing like nowhere else in the state. The sport is a big attraction to the town throughout most of the winter, but climbers from all over the world descend upon the “Ice Climbing Capitol of the Worle” each January for an all-out celebration. Competitions, showcases, lessons, and spectator events run January 14-17.
5. Breckenridge ULLR Fest
Celebrate Norse culture by gliding through town in a hot tub after wearing your Viking helmet on the slopes. Fat bike racing is your thing? They’ve got that too, and plenty of beer to go along with it. Also take park in the world’s longest shot ski. Two locals each year are crowned Ullr King and Queen, based on their service to the community. The festival takes over town January 13-16.