GLENWOOD SPRINGS - If anyone is feeling cabin fever this winter season, Glenwood Springs has the cure.From a national touring filmfest highlighting women and a new spring vaudeville show to a locals' chili cook-off and torchlight parade down Sunlight Mountain, the weekend may entice people out of the house and into some fun.
On Saturday and Sunday, Sunlight Mountain Resort hosts its annual Ski Spree event, a locals' favorite. Ski Spree features skiing and snowboarding competitions, a chili cook-off, live music by the Missing Link Band, of Glenwood Springs, and a torchlight parade. The event is a tradition for the hometown mountain."I love Sunlight because it feels like home, and we're a big, crazy family on this mountain, and getting to be a part of your family's fun is what makes it all worth it," said Erin Walla, Sunlight Mountain Resort sales manager.Ski Spree begins at 1 p.m. Saturday with the Rail Jam, a contest with prizes open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages. Registration is $10 online at www.sunlightmtn.com or from 9-10 a.m. at the lodge. A chili cook-off begins at 4 p.m. with 30 contestants from local eateries, as well as individuals, competing for the title of Best Chili. Attendees can purchase wristbands at ANB Bank, Sunlight Ski & Bike Shop and Sunlight Mountain Resort for $10."Proceeds from entries go to a scholarship fund for Glenwood Springs High School," said Jennie Spillane, Sunlight marketing manager. "Show your wristband at the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool Saturday, Feb. 9, or Sunday, Feb. 10, and get half off your entry."Saturday's festivities continue with music by Glenwood Spring's own The Missing Link Band. Always a family favorite, the Sunlight torchlight parade and fireworks finish off the day at dusk."At Sunlight, you aren't just a skier or snowboarder visiting us; you're part of our family," Walla said.Ski Spree events stretch to Sunday with the ever-exciting Need-4-Speed downhill competition down the face of Joslin at 11 a.m. Registration begins in the lodge at 9 a.m., and entry is $15. Participants can also register online prior at sunlightmtn.com."Known for reaching up to 80 miles per hour, competitors race down for the fastest speed," Spillane said. "Bring your long skis and your favorite racing outfit to vie for the title of fastest skier or boarder."
At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the historic Hotel Colorado hosts the 12th annual LunaFest. The fundraising event for the Advocate Safehouse Project and the Breast Cancer Fund is a traveling film festival connecting women and their stories and causes through art. The festival is composed of nine short films created by female directors from around the world, said Emma Bielski, community outreach and volunteer coordinator for the Advocate Safehouse Project."Viewers can expect to laugh, cry and smile at this year's LunaFest," she said. "The films range from fictional pieces to documentaries, and even some animation films."This is the fifth year Advocate Safehouse Project has hosted LunaFest in the Roaring Fork Valley. Bielski said 85 percent of the ticket proceeds stay in the valley to benefit Advocate Safehouse Project, while 15 percent go on to benefit the Breast Cancer Fund."LunaFest is an event that revolves around not only the solidarity that comes with being women, but also the solidarity and collective support of such an incredible, tight knit community like ours," Bielski said. "So please come see for yourself these incredible and eclectic independent short films."For more information about the filmfest on a national level, visit www.lunafest.org.
Friday and Saturday, Glenwood Vaudeville Revue keeps up its tradition of offering new content in its live comedy production for the spring season. The shows, which run from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on weekend nights, offer singing and dancing from the cast of witty vaudevillians John Goss, Gary Daniel, Tom Erickson, Jennetta Howell, Julie Maniscalchi, Jennifer Michaud, Bob Moore and Brad Vierheller. The spring season with new material runs through April 20.