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March Weekend Plans: Happenings From Around the Region

Spring fever is here: Powder, parties, performances take over the mountains.

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March 7 | Mineral Belt Mayhem
The first of the Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Race Series spring races, the Mineral Belt Mayhem tackles 11 high-elevation miles—at night.

(Check out five other rides to start training for now)

March 13 to 29 | Aspen Snowmass 15th Annual Bud Light Spring Jam
Aspen hosts more than two weeks of parties, performances, and powder events this month. Highlights include performances from Umphrey’s McGee as part of the Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert series (March 13), KickAspen Big Air Invitational (March 20), and the 40-mile Aspen-to-Crested Butte Elk Mountain Grand Traverse (March 28).

March 20 | Breckenridge Spring Fever Begins
Breckenridge’s GoPro Big Mountain Challenge, an International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association event, kicks off this annual festival that extends into April with the Bud Light Concert Series. This month, celebrate the 30th anniversary of snowboarding at Breck at the Mountain Dew Throwback Throwdown superpipe and minipipe competition.

March 20–23 | Durango Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival
Headquartered at the historic Hotel Strater, Durango celebrates old-time tunes at this third annual festival.

March 27 | Wine Fest Fort Collins
More than 150 wineries from around the world (including many from Colorado) land in FoCo for this weekend of tastings and pairing.

(Check out 10 (mostly) free things happening in Denver this month)

Follow senior editor Kasey Cordell on Twitter @KaseyCordell.

Kasey Cordell
Kasey Cordell
Kasey Cordell is the former Editorial Projects Director for 5280.

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March Weekend Plans: Happenings from Around the Region

The Royal Gorge Bridge reopens, Matisyahu comes to the mountains, and New Belgium sponsors another zany event at Ski Loveland.


March 15 Royal Gorge Bridge Reopens
Colorado’s signature span reopens for limited weekend tours through June 15. The tour includes stops on the bridge as well as at Royal Rush Skycoaster and Point Sublime.

March 22 Matisyau in the Mountains
Quaint Crested Butte hosts the popular reggae rapper Matisyahu as part of its Ski Town Breakdown. You can score a spot at the concert, a night at the Grand Lodge, and a lift ticket to the resort for just $115 per person.

March 29 Loveland Scavenger Hunt
New Belgium sponsors a crazy on-mountain scavenger hunt at Ski Loveland, where teams of four spend the day scouring the mountain for clues, chasing chickens, and generally being goofy all in the name of raising money for the Alliance for a Sustainable Colorado—and having fun, of course.

March 29 Hops and Handrails
Longmont pairs beers and boards at the Hops and Handrails Beer Fest and Rail Jam. Left Hand Brewing brings a 25-foot ski ramp to its brewery, plus music, a kid zone, and, plenty of craft beer at this benefit for the Left Hand Brewing Foundation and SOS Outreach, a nonprofit that introduces underserved youth to adventure sports.

Vail Resorts FTW
In February, Vail Resorts announced a new partnership with Niseko, Japan, named the world’s best powder resort by National Geographic last year. Epic Pass holders will now have five days of access to Niseko’s 590 annual inches, in addition to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe.

—Images courtesy Shutterstock

Follow senior editor Kasey Cordell on Twitter @KaseyCordell.

Kasey Cordell
Kasey Cordell
Kasey Cordell is the former Editorial Projects Director for 5280.