The Top 8 Ways to Play at the 2019 Steamboat Springalicious Festival
The first day of April is upon us, which means it’s time to break out your colorful costumes, turn your ski boots into dancing shoes and gear up for the biggest laughs of the season during the annual Steamboat Springalicious Festival. Come out to play at the Steamboat Ski Resort from April 1st-14th and help us celebrate the return of spring’s sunny, bluebird days. Whether you want to join the high-flying fun at the Splashdown Pond Skim or keep your feet on the ground at a concert in Gondola Square, there’s something for everyone in the diverse lineup of both official and “unofficial” events alike. While you’ll be able to find “delicious” Springalicious deals and fun every ski day in April, we’ve highlighted “The Top 8 Ways to Play” so you won’t miss out on any of the festival favorites!
Take Advantage of Huge Savings with the Steamboat Springalicious Ski Pass
You won’t find a cheaper or more versatile 3-day pass at any time of the year than the Steamboat Springalicious Ski Pass. The pass includes any 3 days of skiing from April 1st to closing day on April 14th and you must purchase your pass 48 hours or more in advance. Pass rates are currently at $179 if you purchase prior to the start of April, while prices increase to only $199 after April begins. With highly affordable ski days, warm weather on playful snow, low-to-no lift lines and other special festival events throughout, you’ll get to see why Springalicious skiing is one of Steamboat’s best-kept secrets!
Join the Locals for Steamboat’s [Unofficial] April Fool’s Ski Day
April 1st is widely known as April Fool’s Day, which is a day of pranks, jokes and silly fun. Most mountain towns – Steamboat included – unofficially celebrate this day with wacky costumes, neon colors, blue jeans and retro outfits that bring out the laughs in everyone. Just make sure to keep the fun respectful and playful, as ski patrol will be out in full-force this day!
Test Your Uphill Skills at the 11th Annual Cody’s Challenge
Colorado is known for some of the world’s best Randonee – or “Alpine Touring” – ski races, and Steamboat plays host to one of them every year with Cody’s Challenge. Grab your AT gear, slap on your skins and test your limits against a huge field of world-recognized and just-for-fun competitors alike! Even if you’re a first-timer, Cody’s Challenge offers both short- and long-course options where racers will climb, traverse, ride and descend a variety of trails all over the mountain. The race starts on April 6th at 8:30 am at the top of the Gondola and proceeds from the race go to the non-profit Cody St. John Foundation. Test your fitness, support a good cause and earn those weekend calories at this year’s edition!
Get Your Funk On at The Commonheart Spring Concert
This group is known for representing their Pittsburgh roots through the powerful instrumentals and high energy of their 9-piece band. With their enticing Blues, Soul and Gospel sound, The Commonheart will provide a dynamic and compelling performance that’ll be sure to get even the most tired of ski legs swaying! The concert is set to start on April 6th at the après-ski prime time of 3:30 pm.
Kick It with the Crafters at the 39th Annual Cardboard Classic
Post up on the side of the downhill Cardboard Classic course and cheer on the craftiest of folks flying down the slopes in their homemade vessels. This wacky and hilarious race is only for those who put together a craft made from cardboard, glue, string, water-based paint, duct tape, masking tape, balloons and other decorations. Crafts will be judged for the following categories: Coca-Cola Classic, Most Creative, Best Individual Craft, Best Reproduction, Judge’s Choice, Best Costumes, Crowd Favorite and Best Engineering. Craft line-up, inspections and standstill judging will begin on April 13th at 11:00 am, while the downhill racing portion will begin at 11:30 am. Come out and cheer loudly for your favorite craft, or better yet – Grab a few friends and put together a craft of your own!
Put Some Pep in Your Step with the Folk-Pop Music from Magic Giant
After a breakout performance at last year’s Coachella festival launched them into the spotlight, Billboard listed After a breakout performance at last year’s Coachella festival launched them into the spotlight, Billboard listed eakout performance at last year’s Coachella festival launched them into the spotlight, Billboard listed Magic Giant as one of the “10 Awesome Bands” of the entire festival. This small trio succeeds at providing big sound with a megamix of alternative, pop and folk beats. Need another reason to love these guys? Their recently released LP was recorded from their solar-powered mobile recording studio while traveling all over the US. How cool is that?! The concert is set to begin on April 13th at 3:30 pm. Finish skiing, grab a drink and get dancing!
Crash the Bash at Steamboat’s Splashdown Pond Skim
The Splashdown Pond Skim is one of Steamboat’s longest-running traditions on the final ski day of the season. The somewhat brave, always silly skiers and riders who participate will do so in costume, with the goal of crossing the icy pond successfully and with style. Male and female skimmers across all ages will be judged on costume, distance, style, crowd response and air. Skimming begins on April 14th at 1:00 pm.
Close Out Steamboat’s Closing Day with The Wailers
Nothing says The Celebration of Spring Skiing and closing out another season like Reggae at the base! What has become an annual tradition in Steamboat continues to live on, as The Wailers return to The Boat for the final hours of the 2018-2019 ski season. While this group needs little introduction to many, The Wailers joined Bob Marley throughout the 70s to take the budding genre to new heights. Still including several original members, this eight-piece band endlessly shares the bright and innovative spirit and sound of Reggae’s most timeless legend. The Wailers will take the stage on April 14th at 3:30 pm.
Whether you’re here for a quick weekend getaway or you’re fortunate enough to catch the final two weeks of Steamboat Ski Resort’s 2018-2019 season, let the Steamboat Springalicious Festival events, parties and music help make this the most memorable closing yet!