If Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is leaving you feeling blue this winter, don’t worry, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite winter events to help you fight the SADness. Grab your mittens, skis and Viking hats. We’re celebrating all things winter.
Ice Castles in Dillon
Dec. 21, 2018-Feb. 15, 2019 (depending on weather)
For the second year, the Ice Castles are open in Dillon, about 70 miles west of Denver. Explore the illuminated and completely frozen walkways, tunnels, towers and archways made out of ice. It’s the Instagram shot you won’t want to miss!
Breckenridge Ullr Fest
Dust off your horned Viking hats, it’s time for Ullr Fest. Breckenridge’s tribute to Ullr, the Norse God of Snow, brings more than 12,000 snow enthusiasts to the mountain town for the Ullr Parade, ice skating, and the Ullympics complete with competitions like frying-pan flinging and fat-bike racing.
Aspen’s annual Wintersköl dates back to 1951 and finds odd ways of celebrating the town’s unique Nordic lifestyle. Play food critic at Soupsköl (a soup cook-off), discover the latest in dog fashion at the canine fashion show or attend the coronation of the 2019 Wintersköl King and Queen. It’s weird and that’s why we love it.
Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships
What do you call a 12-foot tall, 25-ton block of machine-made Colorado snow? Art. Every year, snow artists from around the world bust out tools ranging from chainsaws to cheese graters to transform blocks of snow into one-of-a-kind masterpieces, turning downtown Breckenridge into an outdoor sculpture gallery. Talk about cool.
Winter X Games
Action sports + music + snow = one epic festival where athletes mull around with musicians. One of the extra perks: all the sports competitions are free and open to the public. It’s only the music you’ll have to pay for, with a lineup that includes Lil Wayne, Louis the Child, The Chainsmokers and Kygo.