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Deals: Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month, Stock Show Free Day & More

We are already a week into the new year. This year, I didn’t decide to do any kind of resolution. Instead I have chosen a list of eighteen things I want to get done in 2018. Some of these things are super simple (I want to take a Pilates class), or pay off my credit card (I don’t really carry much of a balance), but some take a lot more….I’m going to take a big international trip. What would you put on your list of eighteen?
 
Exxon and Shell BOGO Ski Tickets. Buy 10 gallons or more of gas at a participating Shell or Exxon Station – Get a Buy One Get One Free Ski ticket voucher. Take that voucher to one of the participating ski resorts (Copper, Crested Butte, Powderhorn, or Sunlight). When you purchase one adult lift ticket you get one free.
 
 
Cherry Creek North Sidewalk SaleShake off the post-holiday blues with a little retail therapy at the InSidewalk Sale in Cherry Creek North! What better way to kick off the New Year than getting awesome deals at your favorite businesses? Don’t miss the Cherry Creek North InSidewalk Sale starting Monday, January 15 through Saturday, January 20 at over 30 participating businesses throughout the area.
 
IHOP All You Can EatBreakfast lover? We have a delicious deal for you – All You Can Eat Pancakes! To celebrate their 60th anniversary and show appreciation for you, take advantage of  limitless pancakes for $3.99! Dig into unlimited orders of freshly made, world-famous Buttermilk Pancakes now through February 12th. Fulfill your pancake craving!
 
Denver Preschool Program (DPP) will host its 6th annual Preschool Showcase on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being (3401 Eudora St., Denver, CO 80207). The Showcase is a valuable, once-a-year opportunity for families to FIND and compare quality preschool options, DISCOVER the dollar amount they can get in tuition support from DPP, and APPLY for tuition support.  Spanish translators will also be on-site to communicate these benefits. Plus, it is fun for the whole family including: Free food and refreshments; family-friendly activities and entertainment including dental screenings and story time readings; Online Preschool Locator demonstrations; and photo opportunities with a Minion or two.
 
Stock Show free day. The National Western Stock Show is Jan. 6-12, 2018 and will have a FREE grounds admission day on Tues.  Jan 9. As a Colorado tradition every January, the National Western Stock Show attracts more than 600,000 people each year. It is the premier livestock, rodeo, and horse show in the nation, but this event brings more to Denver than just cattle and horses. It’s full of family fun and events for all ages! You can visit. nationalwestern.com for a full calendar listing.
 
Mammoth Lacrosse. My daughter plays lacrosse and it is a totally fun game to watch! Even better, The Colorado Mammoth have a very special Kids Take Charge game on January 13. Atult single game tickets are 25% off with promo code ADULT. Plus, all the entertainment will be aimed at the kids. Kids size fun!  Visit Altitudetickets.com.  
 
Einstein Bros. Bagels. Mondays through the Month of January, Einstein  Bros wants to get your week started right. Get 13 bagels for just $7.
 
Pretzelmaker. Grab a pretzel at Pretzelmaker for just $1 every Tuesday through January.
 
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month which means…get out there and try it!
·         Arapahoe Basin Ski AreaArapahoe Basin Ski Area will host a Safety Village in Mountain Goat Plaza on Saturday, January 13 and Sunday, January 14 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.arapahoebasin.com.
·          Aspen SnowmassAspen Snowmass will host its annual safety week January 25-31, 2018. The week will include activities such as interactive safety booths, a ski patrol meet and greet, avalanche dogs, lift operations trivia, terrain park safety demonstrations and more. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com.
·          CooperGet your Cooper posters, rack cards and business cards with the slide in control steps. Cooper will also host an educational Safety Scavenger Hunt for children with prizes. For more information, visit www.skicooper.com.
·          Copper MountainFor the month of January, Copper will open its ski patrol duty stations for guests to come by for some free hot cocoa, some insider tips from the pros, and the possibility of meeting an avalanche dogs. Participate in the annual SafetyFest, a weekend of safe skiing and riding education, demonstrations and giveaways. For more information, visit www.coppercolorado.com.
·          Crested Butte Mountain Resort.Avalanche Safety Demonstrations. Crested Butte will hold avalanche safety demonstrations weekends throughout January (depending on snow conditions). Meet the avalanche dogs weekends in January. For more information, visit www.skicb.com
·         EldoraLearn slope-safety awareness during January. Eldora employees will be handing out Know the Your Responsibility Code stickers and cards, Smart Style stickers, and a Freestyle Terrain User’s Guide to guests every day of the month. Guests who show a knowledge and aptitude for on-snow awareness will win special giveaways donated by sponsors, and Eldora will also offer retail promotions and giveaways to raise awareness. In addition, Eldora will host a safety poster contest for kids 12 and under. For more information, visit www.eldora.com.
·          Loveland Ski Area. Loveland Ski Area will host a safety education weekend on Saturday, January 13 and Sunday, January 14 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Guests can stop by for kid-friendly snow safety education, ski patrol demos, terrain park safety, helmet information and a Know the Your Responsibility Code challenge with prizes. There is no cost to participate, and Loveland Patrol Dogs will be on hand as Ski Patrol provides avalanche information including how to use of beacons and outdoor winter safety. Prizes will be available for guests who can recite the Your Responsibility Code. For more information, visit www.skiloveland.com.
·          Monarch Mountain. Monarch will host events for guests to engage with the Your Responsibility Code, Monarch’s Ski Patrol, backcountry skiing safety tips, avalanche awareness, children’s helmet use, terrain park safety and more. For more information, visit www.skimonarch.com.
·          Powderhorn Mountain Resort. Ski or ride with a professional Ski Patroller and learn some of the tools of the trade such as safety, transporting, and caring for guests on the mountain. Guests of all ages will learn about the role of ski patrol, their importance to the resort, and what it takes to work in the ski industry. Participation will cost $75 per person for two hours or $95 for four hours. For more information, visit www.powderhorn.com.
·          Sunlight Mountain Resort. Sunlight Safety Day (March 3) includes a free testing clinic, educational safety booths and discounted pricing on 2018/19 lift tickets. For more information, visit www.sunlightmtn.com.
·          Telluride. Telluride will host events and activities designed to educate skiers and riders about safety. Events will include an avalanche dog demonstration, a children’s safety poster contest, visits to local schools for safety talks, a Safety Bingo Scavenger Hunt, “Know Before You Go” avalanche education classes and more. For more information, visit www.tellurideskiresort.com.
·          Winter Park Resort. Winter Park Resort will host a contest during January for local elementary through high school children to take part in a special poster contest. Students will create a poster depicting some aspect of the Your Responsibility Code. On January 19, the winners of the contest will be announced in a ceremony at West Portal, and on January 26, the winners will get a chance to be a “Patroller for a Day” with Winter Park’s Professional Ski Patrol. For more information, visit www.winterparkresort.com.
·          Wolf Creek Ski Area. Wolf Creek’s annual safety poster contest will invite elementary, junior and high school students to illustrate one or more aspects of the Your Responsibility Code. Posters will be displayed in the Base Camp Building where the illustrations will be voted on by Wolf Creek staff and guests. First through third place winners will be awarded a free ski day with immediate family members. For more information, visit www.wolfcreekski.com.

Travel: Alta is for skiers and families

We are holed away at Alta Ski Area in Utah as the wind and snow howl, the only visibility the distant light of the snowcats grooming the 36 inches of snow from the latest storm…and more is expected the next day. The kids are nervous; they’ve never skied conditions like this. When we arrived, tales were flying from real-life storm chasers of epic powder and the previous day’s “interlodge” where people were required by law to stay indoors as avalanche crews blasted the hanging faces of Little Cottonwood Canyon. One thing is for sure: these kiddos will never forget their first time attempting Alta’s legendary powder.

Many years ago, I worked as the publicist for Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort but here’s my secret: I always preferred skiing its next door neighbor, Alta. Located 45 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport, Alta is literally a mountain with a skier’s soul and is one of the fewest remaining resorts that bans snowboarders. It’s also one of the oldest ski areas in the country, opening its first lift in 1939 and continuing to evolve while staying true to its roots: deep, unadulterated snow without the fancy bells and whistles. Alta is for purists who don’t care about 5-star accommodations and the nightlife; its magic happens during the day. 

Alta is also surprisingly family-friendly. Beginner and intermediate terrain make up 65 percent of the 2,200 skiable acres. If you’re in the remaining 35 percent expert camp, a joking acronym for A-L-T-A is “Another Long Traverse Again,” a nod to the epic terrain and steep chutes that is only accessible via hiking. 

My family was not able to ski during that first visit. The snow kept pounding and the canyon was closed. Not only were we legally required to stay inside (regular Interlodge) but there was another layer of intensity when we couldn’t go near any windows and doors (Maximum Interlodge). We were disappointed but if you’re going to get snowed in, I highly recommend doing it at Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge where we indulged in the Top of the Lodge restaurant’s cinnamon pancakes with cream cheese whipped cream and had ping pong and pool tournaments in the recreation room, vending machine raids and family challenges in the weight room.

We would eventually return to ski Alta two other times and here are a few things every family should know. 

The Lay of the Land

You’re not in Aspen anymore, Toto. What you won’t see at Alta: Snow bunnies, snowboarders, fur collars or chairlifts that seat more than four people. What you will see: Fluffy, light dry Utah snow. Five rustic lodges. New timers. The “Wild Old Bunch” old timers who’ve skied here more years than you’ve been alive. This place is as heaped in stories and history as its annual 551 inches of snow.   

Alta has two base areas: Wildcat and Albion, and a rope tow that allows you to traverse between the lifts and lodges. Hint: going up (Wildcat to Albion) is a bit tougher than going down. At the Albion Base, you’ll find everything you need: the ticket office, ski school, cafeteria and  Alta Java, a great place to get your morning caffeine fix or homemade biscotti, waffles, fresh made local pastries and lemonade. 

In a broad sense, the resort can be divided into five areas: Supreme, Albion, Sugarloaf/East Blady, Collins and Wildcat.  As a family, we mostly skied off the mid-mountain Sugarloaf Lift (with access to  intermediate and advanced terrain) and the Supreme Lift’s nicely ungroomed blue terrain, challenging blacks and a hike-to in-bounds area with a backcountry feel. Rumor has it this is the most beautiful part of the mountain and we believed it until we stood atop the Collins chair and gawked at Mt. Superior.

If you’re a family of beginners and low-intermediates, stick to the Albion Base’s Albion and Sunnyside lifts with gentle green terrain and where the Children’s Adventure Center, day care and learn-to-ski programs are located. Advanced skiers should base their explorations from the Wildcat Base, using the Collins or Wildcat lifts that accesses some of Alta’s most challenging terrain.

Two Resorts, One Day

If 2,200 acres isn’t enough, buy the One Ticket upgrade, that lets you also ski Snowbird’s 2,500 acres. The resorts share a common ridgeline that stretches a couple of miles from the top of Sugarloaf Pass to Baldy Shoulder with awesome intermediate terrain as well as powder-filled playgrounds only touched by skiers with the dual pass.  The main gate connects the resorts at Sugarloaf Pass atop the Sugarloaf Detachable Quad on the Alta side and via the Baldy Express high-speed quad on the Snowbird side.

Alf Engen Ski School Isn’t Just for Kids

Not all ski schools are created equally but you’re off to a good start if you name yours after Norwegian ski jump legend Alf Engen. Renowned as one of the best in North America, it offers a variety of classes, workshops and private lessons for all ages and ability levels. Nearby is a non-ski daycare for kids 6-weeks to 9-years old that is run by a private, state-licensed operator.

Bode was thrilled with his experience as a Level 6 skier where he learned how to fine-tune his parallel skiing while working on pole plants on more challenging terrain like wide open powder bowls Ballroom and Greely’s on the flanks of 11,068′-foot Mount Baldy

My husband Jamie and I opted to cram in as many runs as we could that morning and rewarded ourselves for our hard work [at play] with Watson Cafe’s delicious burgers, voted Utah’s best 100 percent grass-fed Utah beef burger.  That afternoon, we signed up for their Advanced and Expert Off-Trail Workshop. This 2 1/2 hour lesson is just $85 and we had a great time getting our butts whipped into shape by seasoned off-trail coach, French-Canadian Sylvie. Not only did she give us a fantastic mountain tour of lesser-known areas but she redefined our limits while helping us with our form. And apparently our need for speed.

I later proudly boasted to Jamie: “Sylvie said I’m a very disciplined skier.”

“That’s just ski instructor speak for really slow.'”

Lodging

There’s no better access to Alta than their five unpretentious ski-in, ski-out lodges, each has a distinct character and includes breakfast and dinner.

Goldminer’s Daughter

We stayed at Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge, a solid choice for teens with a recreation, weight room, hot tub and steam room in the basement. If you’re looking for accommodations with more formal activities, many families opt for Alta Lodge and Ruster’s Lodge.  During peak season, they offer free apres ski kids’ programs with supervised play in a game room, some reading or crafts time, peer-to-peer dining, evening movies and even a magician.

Since there’s not much nightlife, guests linger longer in the surprisingly upscale and gourmet hotel restaurants. This communal atmosphere (along with floor-to-ceiling glass windows) makes for a memorable, family-friendly atmosphere. Many who stay at Alta are loyal, returning guests so we felt like we were crashing a reunion…but by the end of our stay, we felt very much a part of it. 

 

Oprah Winfrey’s Rousing Speech at the Golden Globes is a Must-watch

In Oprah Winfrey’s inspiring acceptance speech for the Cecil B. Demille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes, she condemned a “culture broken by brutally powerful men” and predicted the dawning of a new era spurred on by the #MeToo movement. Winfrey opened her jaw-dropping speech by flashing back to her hardscrabble childhood in 1964.

“I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon,” said the actress, producer and media mogul. “And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women .. and some pretty phenomenal men fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders that take us to the time when nobody has to say ‘me too’ again.”

Go here to see the Golden Globes Winners & Nominees

Tips to get your kids & teens outdoors at the ISE

Tired of having your kids glued to their devices? This year’s International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE), which opens at noon next Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center is offering even more presentations and experiences to get youth off the couch and out in nature.  Here is a list of some highlights to help families get outside together: 

Encourage Kids to Get Outdoors. At the ripe6 old age of 16-, twin brother’s AJ and Jace Garcia have created a program called Twin Territory.  Twin Territory is all about KIDS getting KIDS back in to the outdoors. Kids are spending more and more time on video games, cell phones or the computer and Twin Territory wants to see them doing what their grandparents did like fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, skiing, rafting and basically any activity that takes place in nature!  The young founders stated, “we are twins that love the outdoors and everything to do with it! We are just trying to get more kids and teens into the outdoors with us. So get off the couch and turn off the video games and come enjoy the outdoors with us. LOL.” The Garcia Twins are presenting at the ISE multiple times throughout the weekend.  https://www.facebook.com/twinterritoryboys/  

 Teaching Kids to Fish: Sunday, January 14th has been deemed Beginner’s Day at the Fishing Demo Tank. Several experts will share fishing basics and, during Brad Petersen’s “Teaching Kids to Fish” seminar (1:30 p.m.) more than three dozen youth rod/reel combos will be given away, courtesy of Shakespeare.

  • Camping with the Family: In the ISE’s Adventure Theater, on Friday and Saturday, author of 2017 Guide to Camping in Colorado, Daliah Singer highlights Colorado’s top car- and family- camping destination, also offering valuable tips and resources for all camper, from first -timers to experts.
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife Youth Fair – This giant free area features hands-on activities designed to teach children about the great outdoors in a safe, responsible way and includes: radio-controlled ATV track, catch-and-release fishing pond, and archery range. The Campground Theater offers a close-up introduction to all kinds of local wildlife, while the Aurora-based Raptor Education Foundation “stars” a variety of small and large raptors–perfect for selfies.

 The 41st annual Denver International Sportsmen’s Expo will offer its largest ever and most-diverse selection of gear, destinations, seminars and outdoor experts. The Expo is for the entire family…folks new to Colorado or homegrown…experts and amateurs…men, women and youth. The event spans three huge halls at the Colorado Convention Center, filling a space larger than five football fields with more than 500 exhibiting companies.  Public hours are from noon Thursday, January 11 through Sunday, January 14. Admission is $16 for adults; youth 15 and under and active military (with ID) enter for free.

 For show details, schedules and to purchase tickets visit: www.SportsExpos.com.  Tickets are $16; youth 15 and under and active military (with ID) enter for FREE at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver. $5 parking and free shuttles are available from Coors Field.

Photo: Twin Territory

Kids ski free at these 22 Colorado resorts

Colorado resorts are committed to providing fun and affordable skiing and riding opportunities for families by offering Kids Ski Free programs across the state. Parents and families can take advantage of free and discounted lift tickets for children, specialized lessons and rental discounts to plan a once-in-a-lifetime ski vacation experience that won’t break the bank.

For the best deal in Colorado, Vail Resorts offers the Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack, a free program for Kindergarten through 5th graders that provides four days of skiing and riding at each of Vail Resorts’ properties. The program also offers one free first-timer lesson and rental. The lesson is valid for a one-time first-timer lesson at a single resort. The sign-up deadline is each fall. 

Colorado Ski Country USA offers any fifth grader the chance to ski or ride three days at 22 participating member resorts across the state absolutely free. Fifth graders who have never skied or snowboarded are eligible for the program which provides never-ever skiers and riders one free full-day beginner lesson and equipment rental at the resort of their choice. All Passport holders also receive one complimentary junior rental from Christy Sports. The corresponding 6th Grade Passport Program offers four days of skiing at the same 22 resorts for only $105 before November 30, or $125 through the end of the season. 

Below are some Kids Ski Free packages and discounts available at Colorado’s ski resorts. For additional information, be sure to check-out our Colorado Ski Directory that details the cost of lessons, childcare, lift tickets and more. 

Arapahoe Basin

Kids Free 2 Ski Pass

Children five and under ski free every day at Arapahoe Basin with a free Five & Under lift ticket from the ticket window. Children ages six to 12 can ski or snowboard for free any two days of the 2017-18 season with no blackout dates through the Kids Free 2 Ski Pass. Register online, at a Front Range ski show or at the mountain by December 18, 2017. For more information, visit www.arapahoebasin.com.

Aspen Snowmass

Kids Ski Free

Children six and under always ski free at Aspen Snowmass. For children ages seven to 12 years old, Aspen Snowmass allows kids to ski free when booking two or more nights of lodging through Stay Aspen Snowmass or renting children’s ski or snowboard equipment from Four Mountain Sports. There is no limit on the number of days children can receive free lift tickets when renting from Four Mountain Sports. The offer is valid January 1 – April 15, 2018. Mention kids ski free when you call 800-290-1326 or visit www.aspensnowmass.com for more information.

Beaver Creek and Breckenridge

Kids 4 and younger ski free

Lift tickets are required and available at lift ticket windows. Note: The Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack is a free program for Kindergarten through 5th graders that provides four days of skiing and riding at each of Vail Resorts’ properties: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone. Sign-up deadline is in the fall.

Cooper

Kids Ski Free

Children five & under always ski free at Cooper, and children six to 14 receive a discount on their daily lift tickets. Cooper also offers children’s group lessons, with several levels of instruction for age and ability, that include rentals for affordable rates. For more information, visit www.skicooper.com.

Copper Mountain

One, Two, Free!

With Copper Mountain’s One, Two, Free! Package, kids 12 and younger ski free with the purchase of an adult two-day lift ticket. The deal also includes additional perks like a third night of lodging free, a third day of rentals free, a free half-day ticket on the day of arrival or departure, and free upgrade to the Secret! Pass for early access and shorter lift lines. Children five and under always ski/ride free at Copper Mountain. For more information, visit www.coppercolorado.com.

Crested Butte

Kids 12 and Under Ski Free

Children six and under always ski free at Crested Butte. All kids ages 12 and under visiting Crested Butte Mountain Resort Nov. 23 – Dec. 15, 2017 and Apr. 1 – 8, 2018 ski or ride free. No strings attached, no parent ticket required, no lodging stay required, no advance reservations, just a free ticket for kids. For more information, visit www.skicb.com

Echo Mountain

Kids Ski Free

Kids five and under ski and ride free at Echo Mountain. The ski area also offers ski or snowboard package rentals for only $29 for kids, plus specialized private and group lessons for kids through Utivity. For more information, visit www.echomountainresort.com.

Eldora

Season Pass Deals

At Eldora, kids age five and under can purchase an alpine season pass for only $29. For more information, visit www.eldora.com.

Granby Ranch

Kids Ski Free

Kids five and under ski free. Granby Ranch also offers child’s ski or snowboard rental packages for only $15 per day. For more information, visit www.granbyranch.com.

Hesperus

Kids Ski Free Every Day Deal, 4th Graders Ski Free

Guests lucky enough to be seven years old and younger get a free lift ticket every day, with no blackout dates. Just ask for the Ski Free Every Day deal at the ticket window. Fourth graders (with report card) get a free lift ticket every day, with no blackout dates. Just ask for the Ski Free Every Day deal at the ticket window.

First Time; Free Lessons.

Hesperus offers first-timers ages seven and older up to three free lessons with the purchase of one full-day, full-price lift ticket for $39. Available every day. For more information, visitwww.ski-hesperus.com

Keystone

Kids ski free

Every day, all season long, kids 12 and younger ski for free at Keystone with no blackout dates. Simply book direct with the resort for two or more nights in one of Keystone’s numerous lodging accommodation options, which span from affordable hotel rooms to family-sized condominiums. Kids 4 and younger ski free with no restrictions. 

Loveland

Kids Ski Free

Children five and under ski free every day at Loveland. Children five and under can also purchase a ski or snowboard package equipment rental for $12.

3-Class Pass for Kids

Loveland’s 3-Class Pass for Kids is for all children, ages four to 14, of all ability levels. When guests pre-purchase or complete three full-day lesson packages, they receive a free unrestricted season pass to keep practicing their skiing or snowboarding skills for the rest of the season. Children’s full day lesson packages include a lesson, lift access, equipment rentals (ski or snowboard), helmet and lunch. For more information, visit www.skiloveland.com.

Monarch

Kids Ski Free and Free Lessons

Children six and under ski free at Monarch. Children between the ages of seven and 12 get a free lesson with the purchase of a lift ticket and a rental package. For more information, visit www.skimonarch.com.

Powderhorn

Season Pass and Lift Ticket Deals

Children six and under can purchase a season pass for only $94 during early-season promotions or $119 all season long. Or, kids six and under can go to the lift ticket window and pay only $18 for a full-day pass. Children 12 and under can purchase an EZ Rider pass for access to the beginner lift for only $12. For more information, visit www.powderhorn.com.

Purgatory

Kids and 4th Graders Ski Free

Kids seven years old and younger ski free every day at Purgatory Resort. Fourth grade students also ski free at Purgatory with proof of grade. For more information, visit www.skipurg.com.   

Silverton

Silverton Winter Sports Club

A local youth program, the Silverton Winter Sports Club provides a season-long introduction to big mountain skiing and backcountry snow safety protocols. While there is a small participation fee for families, the Silverton Winter Sports Club is funded almost entirely by donations, including the support of Silverton Mountain and the Brill Family. For more information, visitwww.silvertonmountain.com.

Steamboat

Kids & Grandkids Ski Free

Steamboat’s Kids Ski Free and Grandkids Ski Free programs enable children 12 years of age and under to ski free the same number of days as their parent, grandparent, or legal guardian when the parent, grandparent, or legal guardian purchase a five-or-more day adult lift ticket. For season passes, one child (12 and under) is eligible to receive a free season pass with parent, grandparent, or legal guardian purchase of an adult Steamboat Season Pass. For more information, visit www.steamboat.com.

Sunlight

Carefree Skier Season Pass

Children age five and younger can receive a free Season Pass to Sunlight Mountain Resort. Children five and younger can also ski free every day by visiting the ticket window for a complimentary daily lift ticket.

Ski, Swim, Stay

With Sunlight’s Ski, Swim and Stay package, kids 12 and under ski free. Enjoy a full day on the slopes of Sunlight, a rejuvenating soak in natural hot springs, and a relaxing night’s stay at one of nine participating lodging properties. Packages start at just $99/night. For more information, visit www.sunlightmtn.com.

Telluride

Kids Ski Free

Free lift tickets are available at the Telluride ticket window for children ages five years old and under. Child lift tickets for children ages six to 12 are available online at discounted rates for two or more days of skiing when you purchase at least 48 hours in advance. Telluride also offers children’s ski school lessons divided into programs that offer age and skill specific learning experiences. For more information, visit www.tellurideskiresort.com.

Vail

Kids 4 and younger ski free

Lift tickets are required and available at lift ticket windows. Note: The Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack is a free program for Kindergarten through 5th graders that provides four days of skiing and riding at each of Vail Resorts’ properties: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone. Sign-up deadline is in the fall.

Winter Park

Kids and Beginners Ski for Less

At Winter Park Resort, kids five and under qualify for beginner lift tickets for $10 a day or $30 for the season with no black-out dates. These lift tickets are intended for beginners only and grant access to the Galloping Goose chairlift at Mary Jane. For more information, visit www.winterparkresort.com.

Wolf Creek

Tots and Children Discounts

At Wolf Creek Ski Area, the unrestricted season pass for Tots (children five and under) is only $54, while children ages six to 12 can purchase an unrestricted season pass for $385. For families looking for daily lift tickets, children ages five and younger can purchase a lift ticket for only $6.

Guilt-free Mom’s Night Out that gives back to school

It started with the “Bad Moms” movie back in 2016. The premise of the movie struck a nerve with so many moms I know. Trying to be a good mom but feeling stuck at times. The whole idea of building and nurturing your own life while managing your family’s activities and well-being is tiring and sometimes downright frustrating. The comedy knew my story – as well as most moms I know. Serendipitously, that’s when my foray into producing mom’s night out events began.

A guilt-free mom’s night out where every mom could give equitably to their kid’s school and receive a swag bag was needed. I wanted to create a night where the mom tribe could become stronger through conversation and laughter. Sure we see each other’s news feeds but old school gatherings will always be the best way to connect – especially when you’re having a bad week. From the moment I had kids, my mom groups and friendships became my life jacket. Whether it was a breastfeeding group, stroller walking group, family play date, room parent group or simply a group of moms catching up during a flag football game, moms are an important niche that ‘get my drift’ literally.

After a year of running movie night events, I wanted to create something bigger.  An event with more entertainment value and where every mom could attend, regardless of what city they lived in or what school (public or private) their kids attended. All moms need a night out once in a while and all schools need funding to stay afloat and competitive.

Speaking of school funding, it’s common knowledge that Colorado is among the states that spend the least on education (per pupil). The result is that it forces schools to scale back on educational services, only with the hope of raising enough revenue (via PTA for example) to help fill the gap.

On top of that, parents expect a lot from their kids’ schools but many forget that there’s a real cost for the resources that support those expectations – including the cost to stay current with technology. When I went to school during the 70’s and 80’s, our schools were better supported. We also didn’t have to factor in ever-increasing technology costs. The only electronic equipment our classrooms had were electric typewriters. The Internet didn’t even exist. We live in different times.

If we want our future generation to be competitive, then every dollar counts. With that, my business will always have a school fundraising component.   

On January 25th, 2018, the Mom UP! Project will welcome moms at the Hangar at the Stanley Marketplace. This will be a much-needed mom’s night out after coming off from a long winter break, holidays and bringing in the new year. Along with being greeted with the much-loved swag bag, there will be pop up shops, cash bars and intriguing guest speakers to round off the event. Plus, $8 from every ticket will be donated back to the school of each attendee’s choice within Colorado.

The final takeaway is for moms to enjoy a night off and welcome in a little indulgence for their soul. www.momUPproject.buzz

Mom UP! Project combines entertainment, shopping and community giving to create a guilt-free night for busy moms

 

11 things to do in Denver this week

The National Western Stock Show is in town! Don’t miss all the revelries and these other awesome events in Denver this week. Be sure to see our event calendar for full listings. 

National Western Stock Show & Rodeo at the National Western Complex 
Jan 6 – 21 
Bulls and broncs, cowboys and cowgirls – rodeo’s biggest superstars perform amazing feats of athleticism during each performance of this professional rodeo. Showcasing the elegance and athleticism of the world’s top reining horses, the hard-hitting competition of Denver Professional Bull Riders Chute-Out and the Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza, this event has something for everyone.

Stock Show Kick-off Parade at Denver Union Station 
Jan 4, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The sight of more than 40 Longhorn cattle walking through the streets of downtown Denver can only mean one thing…it’s Stock Show time! The NWSS Kick-Off Parade is a sight to see. The streets of downtown Denver are lined with boots, chaps and cowboy hats to celebrate Colorado’s western traditions and the iconic National Western Stock Show. Kids, families, business men and women get to step back in time and see a true western cattle drive with horses, cowboys, cowgirls, tractors, marching bands and floats.

Winter Break at the Denver Art Museum 
Through Jan 7, 2018
Winter Break at the Denver Art Museum means fun for the whole family! The 3D Studio, Create-n-Takes, and much more are open every day from Friday December 22 through Sunday, January 7. All activities, including Art Emergency: Stampede Edition, are included in general admission, which is free for kids 18 and younger.

Movie at the Symphony: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex 
Jan 5 – 6
The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature your Colorado Symphony performing every note from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score live.

Free First Saturday at the Denver Art Museum 
Jan 6, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
General admission is free on the first Saturday of the month thanks to Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). General admission to the Denver Art Museum is FREE to all youth ages 18 and under every day, granting more kids access to art than ever before.

Colorado vs. the World Rodeo at the Historic Denver Coliseum
Jan 6, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Featuring Frontier Airlines Mutton Bustin’, Westernaires presented by Sunward Steel – Boy Scout Day. All tickets include Grounds Admission for the day of the event.

Jeff & Paige at Rayback Collective 
Jan 7, 10:00 am
Enjoy an indoor, hour-long, science and nature-focused kids’ concert at Boulder’s hippest hub for food, community and music. Expect live, original, nature-inspired music for kids, educational/hilarious skits, quick costume changes and tons of audience participation. Show appropriate for kids ages 3-8. There will be hot cocoa and coffee from Carabiner, pints, mules, sangria and a mystery am cocktail all available for purchase. Stick around after the show for lunch at any of the 3 food trucks onsite! Food can be brought inside. 

SCFD Community Free Days at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science 
Jan 8, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free day at DMNS! A fee still applies to IMAX films, Planetarium shows, and temporary exhibitions. Reservations and amenities (lunchroom, coat and lunch storage, bus drop off, etc.) for school groups are not available on SCFD Community Free Days.

Winter Wonderlights at Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra
Through Jan 7, 2018
Each night, visitors and locals will revel in holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures, the only 20’ LED mappable Christmas Tree in the state and 30-minute music and light shows. In addition to nightly lighting attractions, special weekend programming at the winter event from 5-9 PM Saturdays and 5-7 PM Sundays includes: Colorado’s largest inflatable igloo, weekend food and retail vendors, and exceptional performances sprinkled throughout the event calendar.

DEN Ice Skating Rink @ Denver International Airport 
Through Jan 7, 2018
Once again, the DEN Plaza will be home to a FREE 34’wide X 60’length ice skating rink.

Joy for Toys at the Lakewood Heritage Center 
Through Jan 6, 2018 
Every parent knows the joys a toy can bring to children. Look back at the toys that were entertaining children in decades gone by. The exhibit includes historic and retro toys from the Heritage Center’s collection as well as beloved toys from our volunteers, friends and staff.

Contest: 12 Family-friendly Activities at the National Western Stock Show (Win Tickets!)

A Colorado tradition every January 6-21, 2018, the National Western Stock Show attracts more than 600,000 people each year. It is the premier livestock, rodeo, and horse show in the nation, but this event brings more to Denver than just cattle and horses. It’s full of family fun and events for all ages! You can visit nationalwestern.com for a full calendar listing, but here are few family friendly event highlights:

The Petting Farm

Located on the 3rd floor of the Expo Hall, come face to face with over 60 barnyard animals! The Petting Farm is presented by King Soopers and is FREE with your grounds admission ticket! Mini Sicilian donkeys, pygmy goats, and mini call ducks, make up the diverse group of friendly animals. Ice cream cones of food can be purchased for $3 at entry.

CSU Ag Adventure 

This is the perfect place for children and adults to learn about the world of agriculture!  Located on the 3rd floor of the Expo Hall and FREE of charge, you will have the opportunity to have a hands-on experience learning about the animal and crop production, and how we use them everyday lives.  You don’t want to miss this interactive exhibit.

Hutchison Western Pony Trails Exhibit

Horse around in this exhibit that will teach you everything want to know about equine! Located in the Events Center Paddock next to the National Western Nursery and FREE of charge, the Hutchison Western Pony Trails exhibit is interactive, educational, and built with kids in mind! Learn how to measure a horse, the differences between English and Western disciplines, and even get a look at the Denver Mounted Patrol. 

Pedal Tractor Races

Give your youngster the rare opportunity to ride their own John Deere tractor!  Kids pedal their way through a fun filled obstacle course and race for the chance to be Champion!

Stick Horse Rodeo

The National Western Stick Horse Rodeo is perfect for your favorite buckaroos!  Kids have the opportunity to create their own, pint-sized rodeo as they hop on a stick horse and compete in some of rodeo’s favorite events including barrel racing, steer roping and bull riding.  Stick horse rodeos are a must for any future cowboy or cowgirl!

Top Hogs

Watch your favorite barnyard animals perform thrilling tricks, act out hysterical impressions and even ride a skateboard!  Kids will have the exclusive opportunity to meet the brilliant pigs after the performance.

Farmyard Follies

This delightful show features the lovable critters from the famous Great American Petting Farm. A funny and educational animal entertainment show that features goats, sheep and llamas performing with the infamous trouble-making spotted donkey, Fiona-No-No. Hosted by one of the “Zoo Crew,” the show includes animal behavior and antics accompanied by fascinating facts and stories about each type of animal.

Dairy Discovery Zone

The Dairy Discovery Zone is a fun, interactive exhibit where you and your family can discover the world of dairy and how your milk gets from the farm to the fridge. From nutrition facts to mouthwatering recipes, your family will get to see what it’s like to milk a cow, test your farm strength and score cool freebies. Visit us in the South Food Court to see how milk gets from the farm to your fridge, play cheesy games, get a free backpack and even enter to win FREE MILK FOR A YEAR! Learn more at dairydiscoveryzone.com

Mutton Bustin’

One of the National Western’s most popular events, Mutton Bustin’ features children ages 5-7 and under 55 pounds riding sheep out of a chute and into the arena. Anything goes, and usually does, as contestants hold on as long as they can!

Fabulous Farm Animals

Presented by Children’s Farms of America, Fabulous Farm Animals is the perfect way for everyone young and old to learn about agriculture!  This game show format will keep you entertained the entire time.  Located in the Beef Palace Auction Arena, you can take in this awesome show during School Visit times: 10:00am and 11:00am daily Monday, January 8 – Friday, January 13. 

Xtreme Dog Show

Dog lovers unite for a show full of tricks, stunts and unpredictable antics – all performed by man’s best friend! Trained to run, jump and retrieve at incredible speeds, this cast of canines will bark their way into your hearts and leave fans of all ages laughing and cheering throughout the entire show. This year, Xtreme Dogs is excited to feature Sara & Hero from American’s Got Talent.  Sara & Hero placed fifth on AGT last season and will be showcasing their Vegas-style act at National Western Stock Show during both performances. You also can meet the Xtreme Dogs stars at the Pat & Chat following each performance. 

Monday, January 15, 2018  |  3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018  |  6:30 p.m.

 Wild West Show

 National Western’s Wild West Show highlights the color and pageantry of the Old West! Fans of all ages are sure to be entertained by their favorite Wild West legends, including Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley and others. The show is full of quick draw antics and cowboy entertainment, painting the story of how the West was won. Patterned after the great Buffalo Bill shows of yesteryear, the Wild West Show features nonstop action that brings guests back to the original ways of the West.

 Saturday, January 13, 2018  |  5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 14, 2018  |  4:00 p. m.

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Denver Free Days 2018 (January – May)

Your pennies can save dollars. Literally, you contribute to the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District via a special regional tax that provides funding for art, music, theater, dance, zoology, botany, natural history and cultural history in the Denver Metropolitan Area. And in turn, these facilities give back to our community by offering FREE days – to experience these great cultural venues. If you consider the few pennies you give in tax and square that against admission for a family to some of these venues – you can literally save dollars!

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*All dates are subject to change. We strongly suggest you double check with the facility prior to visiting.

Festival Guide 2018: Colorado’s most fun and zany events

 One of the most exciting times to visit Colorado is when its destinations are bustling with festival excitement. Colorado offers a variety of not-to-miss events throughout the year, some well known, such as the infamous Great American Beer Festival in Denver or Wintersköl in Aspen and some under the radar such as the Vintage Car Race in Snowmass or Wild West Air Fest in Steamboat Springs. Below is a sampling of some of Colorado’s renowned and under the radar festivals offered throughout the year. For more information, visit http://www.colorado.com. 
 
Aspen:
You might know about Wintersköl™ (January 11-14, 2018). Aspen’s annual four-day celebration features on and off mountain activities, festivals, fireworks, free and nearly free events for the entire family. Wintersköl, Aspen’s annual “toast to winter,” dates back to a quiet January in 1951 when local Aspenites decided to celebrate Aspen’s unique lifestyle with an eclectic weekend of festivities.
 
But have you heard about the Mac N Cheese Festival (September 8, 2018)? Taking place on Aspen’s “Restaurant Row” (East Hopkins Avenue between Monarch and Mill Street), the 8th annual Mac N Cheese festival will showcase a sample of the best Mac N Cheese creations in the Aspen area. Visitors pay $5 to participate and bring their own spoon to the event to keep it environmentally friendly. At the end, tasters vote for the favorites in five different categories.
 
Breckenridge:
You might know about the International Snow Sculpture Championships (January 22-29, 2018). The 28th annual International Snow Sculpture Championships bring snow sculpture artists from around the world to create 12-foot-tall, 25-ton blocks of snow using only hand tools. The beautiful sculptures are sculpted over a five-day period and are lit up at night for visitors to see. 
 
But have you heard about Still on the Hill: Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival (2018 October Dates TBD)? Craft spirit enthusiasts can experience a variety of incredible libations while being surrounded by the stunning Rocky Mountains in Breckenridge. This festival is a grand tasting of handcrafted spirits, craft cocktails, artisanal bites and more. Visitors to the festival can also take part in mixology workshops, historical walking tours, ghost tours and scavenger hunts.
 
Colorado Springs:
You might know about the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off (September 1-3, 2018). Colorado’s largest balloon festival features 50+ pilots taking to the skies each Labor Day Weekend. This free, family friendly event showcases woodcarving and donut eating contests, live entertainment, skydiving demonstrations, balloon rides and much more. Visitors can head to Memorial Park for the early morning ascension over Prospect Lake or watch the night sky light up with each balloon glow.
 
But have you heard about the Bighorn Sheep Festival (February 10, 2018)? Wildlife enthusiasts can look for bighorn sheep in their natural habitats through high-powered telescopes at the 12th annual Bighorn Sheep Festival. After viewing the wildlife, visitors can take part in guided nature walks, children’s activities and crafts, zoo activities, view bighorn presentations and more.  
 
Denver:
You might know about the Great American Beer Festival (September 20-22, 2018). The Great American Beer Festival is the largest beer festival in the world; and each year, it represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served – in both a public tasting event plus a private competition. The festival takes place at the Colorado Convention Center and brings together brewers and diverse beers from across the nation.
 
But have you heard about Collaboration Fest (March 31, 2018)? Known as America’s most creative beer festival, Collaboration Fest features brews that are a result of collaborations between two or more breweries from around the state, country and world. These individual collaborations mean that every beer tapped will be its first time, and every beer has a unique story. This year, the festival will be at the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center.
 
Durango:
You might know about the Cowboy Poetry Gathering (October 4-7, 2018). 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering, a celebration of the rich culture and heritage of the American cowboy. Nationally acclaimed cowboy poets, storytellers and musicians perform both traditional and contemporary poems and songs that tell authentic stories of life in the West. The weekend-long festivities also include a Cowboy Poet Train on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a Cowboy Poet trail ride, Chuckwagon Breakfast, Cowboy Parade, a documentary film screening and shows of fine Western art.
 
But have you heard about the San Juan Brewfest (August 25, 2018)? The 20th anniversary of the Four Corners’ biggest beer tasting festival will showcase 50 breweries, each highlighting at least two beers, meaning over 100 beers will be available for attendees to sample. Live music, brewery line up and tickets will be announced June 1st and ticket sales will benefit the United Way of Southwest Colorado.
 
Eastern Plains:
You might know about the High Plains Snow Goose Festival (February 8-11, 2018). The 16th Annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival takes place in several counties across Colorado’s eastern plains. In spring, waves of bright white snow geese against an endless blue sky fly into southeastern Colorado. The snow geese seen at the High Plains Snow Goose Festival are part of the Western Central Flyway population that is on their way back to the Canadian Arctic where they nest. In celebration of the migration, activities at the festival include guided birding tours, arts and crafts fair, birding workshops, a silent auction and more.
 
But have you heard about the Annual Spring Farm Festival (May TBD, 2018)?
Each May, the Colorado High Plains Adventure holds its annual Spring Farm Festival. Taking place at Caramel Apple Farm in Bennett, this event showcases businesses and animal rescues of the eastern plains. Attendees can visit with goats, donkeys, pigs, chickens and those cute alpacas. There will be food, music, goat milking demonstrations, alpaca fiber spinning and weaving, face painting and a performance from Oscar the Therapy Pig.
 
Frisco: 
You might know about the Colorado BBQ Challenge (June 14-16, 2018). Colorado’s longest-running barbeque competition, the Colorado BBQ Challenge, hosted by the Town of Frisco, takes place annually over Father’s Day weekend. The multi-day event, which extends more than six blocks on Frisco’s picturesque Main Street, features live music, pig races, kids’ activities, a firefighter cook-off, chef demos, a Breckenridge Distillery Whiskey tour, the Bacon Burner 6k and some of the best barbeque in the nation. 
 
But have you heard about Wassail Days (December 2018 Dates TBD)? The Town of Frisco’s iconic Wassail Days takes place annually in early December. The weeklong celebration of the winter and holiday season celebrates wassail, a traditional warm Old English apple cider. Over the years, Frisco’s Main Street businesses have worked to perfect their own iterations of this holiday staple, collectively serving more than 5,000 complimentary cups to guests each year. This year’s Wassail Days will showcase more than 60 local businesses, each sharing their own special wassail recipe over the 10-day festival.
 
Leadville:
You might know about the Leadville Skijoring & Crystal Carnival Weekend (March 2-4, 2018). The 2018 Skijoring and Crystal Carnival Weekend hosts the unique sport of skijoring, plus mountain bike and Nordic ski races, a paintball biathlon, and more. Leadville skijoring is an action-packed sport where a horse and rider race down snow-packed Harrison Avenue in Leadville’s downtown, pulling a skier who’s holding onto a rope. As the horse gallops, the skier flies over jumps and spears rings set up along certain parts of the course.  
 
But have you heard about the Father Dyer Postal Route Ski Race (April 7, 2018)? North America’s highest backcountry ski race, The Father Dyer Postal Route Ski Race is a ski mountaineering team race held each April in the Mosquito Range east of Leadville. This challenging course takes racers up three peaks over 12,000′, including Centennial 13er Dyer Mountain (13,855’), and involves three demanding backcountry ski lines. The route is named for John Lewis Dyer, who crossed these mountains on skis as a minister and postal carrier serving the mining camps in Alma and Leadville. 
 
Salida:
You might know about the 70th Annual FIBArk Festival (June 14-18, 2018)2018 marks the 70th anniversary of FIBArk “First in Boating on the Arkansas”, the nation’s oldest whitewater festival and Salida’s signature event. Every year in June during the Arkansas River runoff in Salida, the festival focuses on whitewater boat races and paddlers from around the nation and world come to compete. The festival also includes land events such as live music performances, mountain bike races, parades and more. 
 
But have you heard about the 4th Annual Salida Fiber Fest (September 8-9 2018)The 4th Annual Salida Fiber Festival will feature 70 fiber vendors – yarns, fibers, finished goods and more. The festival offers fiber related classes and vendors focused on all aspects of textiles and a tree-shaded beer garden offering local beer, wine and distilled drinks. Fiber Fest is held in Riverside Park, alongside the Arkansas River.  
 
Snowmass:
You might know about the JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience (August 31 – September 2, 2018). The JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience is an open-air extravaganza of popular R&B, rock, funk, blues, world and soul music, taking place at Snowmass Town Park, with the spectacular Elk Mountain Range as a backdrop. The festival attracts a wide demographic of attendees with past performers ranging from Stevie Wonder to the Black Eyed Peas, Zac Brown Band to Jack Johnson, The Allman Brothers Band, No Doubt and Tom Petty, just to name a few.
 
But have you heard about the Aspen Snowmass Vintage Car Race (September 16-17, 2018)? Watch the sights and sounds of high-octane racing come alive on the streets of Snowmass Village as vintage Corvettes, BMWs, Porsches, Mustangs and formula racecars from the 1960s and 1970s fly by. Not a typical car race, the Aspen Snowmass Vintage Car Race is sure to get the heart thumping and the blood pumping.
 
Steamboat Springs:
You might know about Winter Carnival (February 7 – February 11, 2018). Celebrating its 105th year, Winter Carnival is an event not to be missed in Steamboat. The event will feature several street events such as the Nordic Dash, street slalom, donkey jumps and the infamous skijoring. A Night Extravaganza takes place on Howelsen Hill as it is lit up with colors and Winter Sports Club athletes jumping and flipping as they descend down the mountain.
 
But have you heard about Wild West Air Fest (September 1, 2018)? Every Labor Day weekend, some of the best pilots in the west and nationally renowned performers provide excitement to visitors and locals of Steamboat with thrilling aerobatics and formation flying. In previous years, performances have included a WWII Navy Torpedo Bomber TBM-3 Avenger performing a bomber simulation, international aerobatics, Trojan T-28 Warbirds and more.