As the winter season approaches, Colorado turns into a playground for snow enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike. From milestone anniversaries at iconic ski resorts to new mountain terrain waiting to be explored, check out what’s happening across the Centennial State this winter.
Anniversaries & Celebrations
- Aspen Snowmass celebrates 75th anniversary. Aspen Snowmass celebrates 75 years of skiing and riding this winter season. This historic milestone will pay homage to the heritage and history of skiing in Aspen as well as provide a look forward to the future of skiing with a series of activities throughout the season. The season will highlight how innovation in ski racing, sustainability, athletic achievement, inclusion, art and other areas have led to future possibilities in each of these areas. All four mountains are expected to open for the 21/22 season by 11 December.
- Breckenridge celebrates 60th anniversary. This winter, Breckenridge celebrates its 60th anniversary with a host of special events and capital improvements. The Opening Day celebration will kick off the season on 28 November, with festivities taking place at the base of the Centennial Lift. The resort will also soon unveil a new chair lift at Peak 7, which will provide additional access to the popular mountain and allow for skiers and riders to enjoy more of Breckenridge than ever before.
- Bluebird Backcountry launches new terrain. Bluebird Backcountry, a new avalanche-managed backcountry ski resort which enjoyed its first full season last winter, will this winter offer 12 new runs, four new skin tracks and new backcountry touring terrain. The new runs are designed for abilities from intermediate to advanced, opening up new areas of Bear Mountain for skiers to explore.
- New beginner terrain at Beaver Creek. Beginner and intermediate skiers can take to the slopes at McCoy Park, a new learning area at Beaver Creek. There are 17 trails across 250 acres of terrain to explore, elevating the mountain experience for those who are less experienced on the slopes.
- Major $135 million regeneration project underway at Steamboat. This year, Steamboat announced a three year $135m regeneration project – Full Steam Ahead – to transform the base area and make on-mountain improvements at the resort. Gondola Square is being transformed to include additional dining, après and retail offerings, whilst mountain improvements will include 650 new acres of terrain in Pioneer Ridge. Once complete, Steamboat’s trail map will stretch for 3,620 acres, making it the second largest ski area in Colorado.
Arts & Culture
- Andy Warhol takes over the Roaring Fork Valley. An Andy Warhol exhibit will open at the Aspen Art Museum on 3 December, the only place it will be shown in the USA. The exhibit will be complemented with the showing of a private Warhol collection at The Powers Art Center in Carbondale. “Warhol in Colorado, The Artist’s Relationship with John and Kimiko Powers” will display between 30 November 2021 - 30 April 2022, and feature the complete portfolios of “Marilyn” and “Flowers.”
- Meow Wolf unveils new Denver attraction. Meow Wolf, the artist collective known for creating immersive and interactive experiences, opened its permanent installation in Denver this autumn. Spread across four floors, Convergence Station brings together work from 300 artists to create more than 70 surreal installations, taking visitors on a psychedelic, sci-fi journey that’s impossible to forget. There’s also a new music venue and cafe.