This is it: Winter Park caps season with a Splash!
April 16, 2010
Winter Park wraps up its 70th winter season on Sunday, April 18, with a traditional weekend-long celebration that’s focused on live music and the traditional slopeside hilarity.
On Saturday, April 17, Home, a band bringing together a diverse collection of musical styles and sounds from Brazilian choro to So Cal punk, will liven up the base. Home has been nominated by Westword as one of the top five jam bands in Colorado for two years in a row. The band won the judges’ vote in a battle of the bands with over 100 groups and won two more battles earning them spots at both Summer Camp and Wakarusa music festivals.
When folks start feeling “rowdy” a mechanical bull will be on hand to entertain the crowds in West Portal Plaza from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
On Sunday, April 18, Winter Park will host Lotus, a five-piece ensemble with sophisticated yet accessible dance music with the ability to react instantaneously to the crowd and atmosphere with sounds that appeal to fans of live music, funk and jazz.
Also on Sunday, Winter Park celebrates a time-honored tradition. Skiers are invited to dust off their bikinis and board shorts for the 42nd annual Coca-Cola Spring Splash. Participants will vie for a 2010/2011season pass and cash prizes.
“The Coca-Cola Spring Splash is an end of season tradition at Winter Park Resort dating back to 1968. It is an event that only Coloradans can truly appreciate,” said Mistalynn Lee, communications manager at Winter Park Resort. “Picture skiers and riders in costume navigating an obstacle course and skimming an icy pond, though most participants end up in and not across the pond. It is a great spectator event and lighthearted way to end another great season.”
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Registration runs from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and costs $20 or $39 including the lift ticket. The event is limited to 100 competitors. A total of $4,000 in prize money will be awarded for the 1st through 3rd fastest times in each of the Splash divisions: men’s ski, men’s snowboard, women’s ski and women’s snowboard. All first place finishers and “Pick Your Time” winners will receive a 2010/11 season pass.
The splash begins at noon and spectators are invited to watch as skiers and riders struggle through obstacles on the Larry Sale trail race course and attempt to skim an icy pond to reach the finish line and post a time.