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The Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships at Vail. Photograph courtesy of Vail Resorts

The Insider’s Guide to Three Slopeside Shindigs

We tell you where to stay, snack, and sip while enjoying snowy events this month.


Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival

February 8 to 12

Don’t miss: Learn to ski jump over meters of snow in a (relatively) safe environment at Howelsen Hill on February 10, when experts from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club teach skiers how to soar.


Sleep: Less than 18 miles north of Steamboat, the Glen Eden Resort has comfy two-bedroom cabins from $166 per night.

Eat: We’re skeptical about trying Indonesian fare in the mountains. But Steamboat’s Sumatera restaurant made us believers with its spicy nasi goren —fried rice with onions, garlic, and eggs.

Toast: Warm up at Rex’s American Grill & Bar with the Chocolate Truffle, a rich blend of hot cocoa, amaretto, and raspberry liqueur.

WinterBike at Copper Mountain

February 18 to 19

Don’t miss: The biggest event of the weekend—a nighttime mountain-bike race around Copper Mountain—starts at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The cutest event, however, begins two hours earlier, as tykes on Strider bikes parade through the resort’s Center Village.


Sleep: The Frisco Inn on Galena is a 15-minute free shuttle ride from Copper. Sleep in too late, though, and you’ll miss out on the Belgian waffles that come with your room rate (from $179 a night).

Eat: Consider the pappardelle and meatballs at JJ’s Rocky Mountain Tavern your pre-race carbo-load.

Toast: Have happy hour with the locals at Endo’s Adrenaline Bar & Grill, where certain shots go for only $3.

Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships

Vail, February 27 to March 4

Don’t miss: Before watching Shaun White defend his half-pipe title, get into the action yourself during the Open’s notoriously competitive Broomball Tournament at Solaris Skate ice rink. Anyone can put together a team, but it’s first come, first served to nab a spot in the qualification tourney on February 25.


Sleep: Hotel Minturn is bright, modern, and 10 minutes from Vail Mountain. (Winter rates start at $159.)

Eat: Servers at the Antlers Room, a wild-game eatery inside Pepi’s Restaurant & Bar, carve the caribou tableside.

Toast: Après broomball, try the Tin Man cocktail—a mix of bourbon, elderflower, lime juice, and agave water—at Frost, the sleek tavern inside the Sebastian Hotel.

BONUS: Check out the snowboard we’re digging this month.

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