It’s no secret that Breckenridge offers spring skiers great late-season conditions and an abundance of soul-warming, smile-producing Colorado sunshine. It’s definitely a top destination if great weather and fresh snow are high on your spring-skiing must-haves, but what makes Breckenridge exceptional during the spring is its month-long event and concert festival, Spring Fever. From March 18 to April 17, 2016, Breckenridge rolls out the red carpet for concertgoers, park and pipe fans, families, partiers and beer aficionados. Every type of spring skier and snowboarder will find something to love about Breckenridge’s Spring Fever.
To help you spend your time wisely during your Breckenridge spring-skiing trip, we broke down the stacked events and concert schedule based on a variety of spring-break personalities. See what Spring Fever has in store for you this season.
If you’re a music lover…
The Bud Light Concert Series kicks off in Breckenridge on April 9 with two consecutive weekends of big-name acts performing right on the mountain. All shows are free to attend and take place next to One Ski Hill Place, a RockResort at the base of Peak 8 at 2 p.m. each day.
Sat. April 9 – Michael Franti & Spearhead
Combining R&B, hip-hop, reggae and poetry, Michael Franti & Spearhead make music that insires the soul and the mind. The charismatic lead singer and songwriter is renowned as an engaging, talented performer. His recent album, All People, Franti exudes a sun-drenched and upbeat vibe, especially in his new song, “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” which sets the scene for his other whistle-along hits.
Sun. April 16 – Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
The son of country legend Willie Nelson, Lukas first picked up a guitar at the age of 11 and hasn’t put it down since. Offering a cowboy, beach-hippie vibe with a bit of rock and roll, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will appeal to a variety of musical palates
Sat. April 17 – Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
The New Orleans-native blends hard-edge funk, rock, hip hop and their NOLA jazz heritage for an ear pleasin’ and foot-tappin’ good time. The bandleaders and front-man, Trombone Shorty began playing professionally at the age of five and now tours with his band internationally.
If you’re on a spring break ski trip with the family…
Spring Fever hosts not one, but two Easter egg hunts on Sunday, March 27. Non-skiing family members or those too small to ski yet will enjoy the downtown Breckenridge Easter egg hunt, which typically commences at the Blue River Plaza. Participants can utilize a handy treasure map to help them find Easter eggs, candy and prizes throughout downtown Breckenridge. The first 200 participants get free buckets to use to carry all the eggs!
If your whole brood is on skis, you’ll want to join in on the on-mountain hunt. Breckenridge Ski Resort disperses 8,000 eco-friendly Easter eggs along mostly green runs on Peak 8 and Peak 9. Since the eggs don’t hold candy inside for environmental reasons, participants are asked to bring their findings to the base of Peak 8 to exchange them for various treats, including baked goods and a small bag of candy. Some eggs will contain special coupons!
If you’re a park and pipe fan…
Every Friday for three weeks, April 1–15, Spring Fever Park Jam allows aspiring park skiers and snowboarders the chance to showcase their tricks. The event takes advantage of the longer spring days, and the resort keeps the 5 Chair running until 5 p.m. This means extra access to some great spring park laps plus music, contests and free hot dogs!
On April 2, an all new contest sponsored by Mountain Dew taking place on Park Lane’s Famous Triple Line on Peak 8. More details to come.
If you’re competitive…
A lot of competitions in the mountains are focused on how fast you can go down the hill or how much air you can get off a jump or halfpipe. Ski Country’s growing trend, uphilling, is the exact opposite. Breck’s Ascent Series provides the perfect setting for testing your climbing skills or just having fun, meeting some new people and enjoying the views. On April 13, uphillers can use any method to get up the mountain—touring or randonee skis are the fastest, but snowshoes or ice-trekkers are also effective. No matter how you ascend, all must descend on skis or a snowboard. Presented by Breckenridge Ski Resort and Breckenridge Recreation Department, the Ascent Series same-day registration costs $22 per person or $20 per person for advanced registration.
The unique, unofficial winter triathlon, the Imperial Challenge, celebrates its 24th year on April 23. Participants bike up six miles from the Breckenridge Recreation Center to the base of Peak 8 and then ascend on the gear of the athlete’s choice to the top of the T-Bar (sport course) or the summit of Peak 8 (expert course) and then descend to the finish at base of Peak 8.
If you love beer…
Breckenridge has always been a hotbed for microbrewery lovers, and the 10th annual Breckenridge Spring Fever Beer Festival on April 9 solidifies Breck as a beer town! Located on Ridge Street in downtown Breckenridge, the Beer Festival features more than 35 breweries and free live music.
If you’re a foodie…
On April 3 around noon, head to Sevens patio for Breckenridge’s annual chili recipe competition. Top Breckenridge Ski Resort chefs face off to see whose chili recipe is the best! For $10 you can indulge in all the chili you can handle and then vote on your favorites.
Experience Spring Fever this spring and let Ski.com help you plan your complete Breckenridge ski vacation. Call or chat now with one of our knowledgeable Mountain Travel Experts or request a customized quote.
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