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2020 February/March
Pg 14 - The Sunshine Express
--Bud Light Spring Jam, Mar 20-27, competitions,
downtown concerts & parties to Aspen Snowmass,
scavenger hunt adventure race, Free, www.aspen-
--Mar 27-29, The Grand Traverse, backcountry ski
race from Crested Butte to Aspen, 40-mile race
spans an old mail route from the 1880¡¯s, begins at
midnight in Crested Butte & ends in Aspen, to main-
tain safety race in teams of two and all racers must
have the mandatory gear in order to compete, truly
tests athletic mental & physical toughness,
--Mar 27, 7:30p, Diavolo, Led by Artistic Director
Jacques Heim & his fearless athletic daredevils the
Los Angeles based company encompasses dance,
acrobatics & gymnastics, Diavolo explores the rela-
tionship between the human body & its surrounding
architectural environment, Aspen District Theatre,
235 High School Rd, 970.925.7175
--Mar 28-31, US Alpine Tech Championships, Aspen
Highlands & Snowmass, elite race with some of the
best US Ski Team athletes, NASTAR National Cham-
pionships take place at same venue allowing top
NASTAR racers to compete side-by-side with the best
American ski racing athletes as U.S Ski Team mem-
bers set the pace
Grand Junction Area/Fruita/Mesa/
---Explore the Outdoors Expo, Feb 7-8, Grand
Junction Convention Ctr, 159 Main St, Gr Jct,
Promoting & showcasing recreational industries
& entities that make the Grand Valley a perfect place
for outdoor enthusiasts to live & visit,
--Winter Beer Pairing Dinner, Feb 12, Edgewater
Brewery, 905 Struthers Ave, Gr Jct, 4 courses each
paired with one of our craft beers, $50+tax per
ticket, Limited seats, 21 & up, 970.243.3659
--Valentines Dinner, Feb 14 & 15, Maison La Belle
Vie Winery & Bistro, 3575 G Rd, Palisade, 6:30p,
reservation & deposit required, limited seating, $99/
person includes wine pairing, 970.464.2244
--Western Slope Cinema Society Networking Event,
Feb 14, Red Lion Arts Gallery & Studio, 546 Main St,
The Mercantile Building Lower Level, Gr Jct, com-
munity & filmmakers come together to celebrate arts
& making movies on the Western Slope of Colorado,
--Fonduing It Right for Valentines Day, Feb 14,
Highlands Distillery, 782 24 Road, Gr Jct, enjoy a
decadent pairing of chocolate fondue and a me-
ticulously crafted cocktail from Highlands Distillery,
--Grand Junction Lions Carnival, Feb 15, Grand
Junction Convention Ctr, 159 Main St, Gr Jct,
--Roice Hurst Presents Bow Wow Film Fest, Feb 16,
Matinee & evening, Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St, Gr
Jct, traveling film festival that celebrates, educates,
inspires all things doggie through the art of short
film, 970.263.5700
--Spring Faculty Gala Feb 20, 7:30p, CMU Love Re-
cital Hall, 1100 North Ave, Gr Jct, 970.248.1020
--BANFF Mountain Film Festival, Feb 22-23, Avalon
Theatre, 645 Main St, Gr Jct, 970.263.5700
--Art Stroll at the Evening of Art, Mar 7, Fruita Com-
munity Ctr, 324 N Coulson St, Fruita, 970.858.0360
--Alternative Health Expo, Mar 21-22, Grand Junc-
tion Convention Ctr, 159 Main St, Gr Jct, one of
Colorado¡¯s largest Alternative Health Expos, over
50 vendors provide a day of wellness explorations,
--Spring Extravaganza Parking Lot Sale, Mar 21,
Perri¡¯s Powersports, 555 25 Road, Gr Jct, Stock up
for riding season with huge savings, vendors, food,
giveaways & more, 970.243.7730
--Love Glenwood Springs Family Fun Fest, free, 9a-1p,
Feb 8, half day of fun for youngsters along with info
about proposed limestone mine on Transfer Trail, bouncy
house, obstacle course, magic shows, face painting,
photo booth, art projects, prizes, yard signs, stickers,
t-shirts, ball caps, free food & beverages, Sponsored
by City of Glenwood Springs, Smoke Modern Barbeque,
Uncle Pizza, Sweet Coloradough, Create! Art & Essence
& Airi Photo, Give back by bringing non-perishable food
or children¡¯s winter garments for Lift-Up food & clothing
banks, Glenwood Springs Community Ctr, 100 Wulfsohn
--Owl Creek Chase, Feb 9, challenging, fun & scenic
race, 21K course starts in Snowmass, follows Owl Creek
Trail to finish on Aspen Golf Course, 9a- 21K Classic
Race Start, 9:30a- 21K Skate Race Start, Prize Money
of $125, $75, $50 for top 3 overall Men & top 3 overall
Women in classic race only, Snowmass Cross Country
Ctr, 446 Clubhouse Dr, Registration $45, 970.429.2093,
--Feb 13-15, Aspen Snowmass Open, opens up X Games
Aspen Slopestyle, Superpipe & Big Air courses to ama-
teur & pro level athletes, rail jam & big air competition
also, Buttermilk Mountain, 38700 CO-82, Aspen,
--Feb 16, 10a, join Independence Pass Foundation
and Ute Mountaineer for the Ski for the Pass, a 7k
classic ski tour & race, begins at winter closure gate 5
miles east of Aspen up to Lincoln Creek turnoff on
Independence Pass, City of Aspen grooms road for the
event, benefits Independence Pass Foundation,
Registration $15/individual, $30/family,
--Feb 16, Cirque Zuma Zuma, 4:30p & 7:30p, African
culture music, dance & rituals, professional acrobats
from Nairobi, Kenya, featuring limbo, juggling, contor-
tion, comedy, more, Wheeler Opera House, 320 E Hyman
Ave, $28/child, $45/adult, 970.920.5770
--Aspen Laugh Festival, Feb 19-22, Hosted by Rebecca
Robinson, Feb 18 at 6p free night of comedy, Feb 19 at
7:30p Second City, Feb 20 at 7:30p, Norm Macdonald,
Feb 21 at 5:30p & 8p
Vir Das at Limelight Lounge, Feb 21 at 7:30p Triple
Laughs w/Taylor Tomlinson, Adam Ray & Dusty Slay, Feb
22 at 7p & 9:30p Trevor Noah at Wheeler Opera House,
Feb 22 at 5:30p & 8p Nancy Norton at Limelight Lounge,
--Sunlight Mountain Snowshoe Shuffle, 9a, Feb 23, 8K
race set in the side country of Sunlight Mountain Resort
through the beautiful spruce forest, meadows & aspen
glades of Babbish Gulch, Friendly on-leash dogs welcome
& encouraged to participate, snacks, refreshments, raffle
prizes after race, all proceeds benefit Colorado Ani-
mal Rescue, registration 9a, race 10a, t-shirts included
in registration for 1st 80 sign ups, $30-$35, Sunlight
Mountain Resort, 10901 Co Rd 117, Glenwood Springs,
--Gatsby Swing Benefit Gala, 6p, Feb 28, Grab those
beaded flapper dresses & fedoras, live swing music, big
band, local singers, elegant eats, early seating & cash
bar 6p, Full dinner served 6:30p, $90-$1,200, Hotel
Colorado, 526 Pine St, Glenwood Springs
--Feb 29, Audi Power of Four Race Series, 6a race start
in Snowmass Base Village, premier endurance race se-
ries utilizing each of the 4 Aspen Snowmass mountains,
Each race designed to test the limits & skills of both elite
& recreational athletes, Power of Two Rec Division begins
8a at base of Aspen Highlands, 970.923.1227,
--America¡¯s Uphill, Mar 7, 7-9:45a, 3000 ft climb up
Aspen Mountain using snowshoes, track skis, telemark
skis or alpine touring gear, starts at Base of Little Nell,
ascends 7,945 ft to finish at Sundeck Restaurant, Full
breakfast at the Sundeck included in entry fee,
$55/Pre-registration, $65/Race Day,
--St. Patrick¡¯s Day Shamrock Express Train, Mar 17,
Time to get your Irish on, bound for Cascade Canyon
deep in the San Juan National Forest, departs 9:45a,
returns 3p, Irish Beer & Drink Specials to purchase on
train, Music provided by local celtic band The Kitchen
Jam Band, themed temporary tattoos available, option
to pre-order special St. Patrick¡¯s Day boxed lunch or
regular boxed lunch, info & fares on the Durango train
website, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad,
479 Main Ave, Durango
---Eagle Town Park Ice Rink, Each winter Eagle Ice
Dads, a group of volunteers from town, build & maintain
ice rinks in front of Centennial Park stage, these rinks
are free to use & open to public, 9a-9:30p daily, stays
open as long as Mother Nature cooperates & we have
good ice, If you have any skating or hockey equipment
to donate please drop off at the Ice Skating Donation
Locker at rink, Folks who need skates welcome to look
through locker to find what¡¯s needed, eagletownparkic-
--Parsons Dance, Feb 13, 7p, Vilar Performing Arts Ctr,
Beaver Creek, Known for remarkable athleticism & stun-
ning ensemble work Parsons Dance brings exuberance,
joy & passion to any stage, fusing modern dance with
classical, internationally renowned, Get tickets & learn
more at:
--Vail Legacy Weekend, Celebrate the Legacy of Vail
with the 10th Mountain Parade, Anniversary of Riva
Ridge Ski Down & more, Feb 14-17, In town & on-
mountain, Free
--Collision of Rhythm, Feb 20, 7p, Vilar Perform-
ing Arts Ctr, duo comprised of tap-dancing classical
virtuoso Aaron Williams & beatbox-juggling keynote
speaker Bronkar Lee who¡¯ve worked w/GoPro, Coca
Cola, Google, featured on The Tonight Show, America¡¯s
Got Talent, SuperBowl commercials, achieving internet
fame w/rhythmic viral videos, tickets at:,
Child/$29, Adult/$48
--Burton US Open, Be part of history, watch your favor-
ite riders compete for prizes in slopestyle & halfpipe,
Feb 24-29, 10a-7p, Golden Peak, Vail Mountain, Free,
free nightly concerts, parties, giveaways, good times
for all ages on & off the mountain, new slopestyle &
halfpipe course designs define the next chapter of the
world¡¯s greatest snowboard event, info & tune into
livestream at
--Superhero Ski Day with Roundup River Ranch, kids
who fight serious illnesses with superhuman strength,
Mar 14, 9a-4:30p, Manor Vail Lodge, Vail Mountain, Join
us for superhero-worthy ski runs, activities, games,
awesome prizes, superhero costumes, apr¨¨s party w/
live music, 100% of donations benefit children with
serious illnesses & their families by providing free
year-round programs & camp experiences, Sign up for
only $30, Registration free for children five & under,
Costumes absolutely encouraged, Prizes to top fundrais-
ing team, team with most superheroes, best superhero
costume & more,
--Playing by Air, Mar 31, 7p, Vilar Performing Arts Ctr,
a joyful fusion of music, juggling & circus in which
traditional theatricality meets absurd comedy, playful-
ness & breathtaking feats enjoyed by adults, families &
children, tickets at:, Child/$24, Adult/$38
---Feb 6, Aspen Cares Theatrical Fashion Show, Feb
6, Belly Up, 450 S Galena St, Aspen, 8p, Starts 9p,
weaves fashion, dance, movement, music & story into a
seamless choreographed performance, models, dancers,
actors present on-trend donated fashions from high-
end designers to streetwear lines while raising money
for the Aspen Hope Ctr a beacon of hope to those in
emotional crisis, providing suicide prevention services &
care to those in need in & around the Aspen area, dance
the night away with the models to a live DJ immediately
after show, Tickets available at: www.bellyupaspen.
com, $100/GA, $195/Runway, $500/Reserved