Spring Bash and Splash to bring a month-long celebration to Winter Park
Winter Park Resort is kicking off spring in style this year with the first-ever Spring Bash and Splash, a month-long event celebrating the changing of the seasons with live music, races, the 50th annual pond skim and much more.
The affair comes in lieu of the annual Springtopia celebration, as both the resort and the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber of Commerce look for ways to attract visitors for the entire month of April, and avoid the uncertainty of planning a singular event contingent on good weather.
“We really wanted to take that idea and spread it out over the entire month of April,” said Steve Hurlbert, director of communications for Winter Park Resort. “For one, we wanted to have some activation throughout other weekends in April. And two, we just felt like we were putting all our eggs in the closing weekend basket…this allows us to really spread out and do something fun every single weekend.”
The bash starts on March 31 and ends during the resort’s closing weekend of April 21 and 22. There will be different events at both the resort and in town every weekend, beginning with the Hippity Hops 5K Over the Snow Race, inviting guests to hike, ski, snowshoe or fat bike the casual race to Hideaway Park, bookended by chocolate and beer on both sides.
The opening weekend will also include Easter egg hunts, ski races, a sledding party, an Eagles cover band and a non-denominational Easter service at the top of the Zephyr Lift.
The resort will welcome Denver’s famed TheBigWonderful beerfest, bluegrass and bazaar festival on April 7, featuring beer, artisanal goods and the bluegrass quintet Trout Steak Revival.
On April 14 there will be a beach party at Sunspot, and a free performance from the Georgia rock band Passafire at the resort base. The final weekend will include a scavenger hunt, bounce castle, more live music and the 50th annual Spring Splash Pond Skim.
“It’s really important to keep us in the forefront of our guests’ minds, and to give everybody who’s here something fun to do each weekend,” said Catherine Ross, executive director of the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber. “Hopefully people will come to one weekend, and be so excited that they come to several others. It gives us a chance to have repeat business. We especially wanted to make sure we could push the whole spring season. So we’re all in agreement and trying something new.”
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