Snowmass ready for St. Patrick’s Day |

Snowmass ready for St. Patrick’s Day

The Green Celebration: Folks dressed in their St. Patrick's Day best celebrate the holiday at the Snowmass Mall in 2011.
Jeremy Swanson/Courtesy photo

Like most holidays — and Saturdays, and powder days, and … — St. Patrick’s Day has always been a big party in Snowmass Village.

Informal get-togethers have taken place at the Wine Cabin and around town over the years, while some years Snowmass Tourism or, back in the day, the Snowmass Resort Association, has organized public events.

This year, Snowmass Tourism is combining forces with village bars and restaurants already celebrating and offering a scavenger hunt. Pots-of-gold will be placed at participating venues around the village, each containing a gift certificate, and whoever finds them first gets to keep the prize.

The participating locations are:

Gwyn’s High Alpine

Sage Restaurant

New Belgium Ranger Station

Venga Venga

Zane’s Tavern

Bia Hoi

Base Camp Bar & Grill

Slice Italian Bistro

The Edge Restaurant & Bar

Ricard by Viceroy

Food and drink specials will be served around town too, including special menu items such as shepherd’s pie and potato and leek soup at Sage and corned beef and cabbage at Gwyn’s High Alpine. Green beer will be flowing at The Edge and Bia Hoi, Gwyn’s will pour Irish car bombs, and Two Gingers whiskey is sponsoring specials at Base Camp and Slice. And DJ Naka G and DJ Hex will be spinning in Base Village from 1 to 4 p.m.

Coming up

For lovers of Celtic heritage, St. Patrick’s Day is not the only celebration of the year in Snowmass Village. The Colorado Scottish Festival is returning this summer, although this year with a bit of a twist: The event will be free, and it will be held in Base Village and the Mall rather than at Town Park.

“It’s very exciting,” says Susan Thornton, who with her husband, John, organized the festival for 25 years in the Denver metro area before moving it to Snowmass last year. “I think the new venue is going to bring so many more people in close up with all the events.”

The annual event involves Highland games, dog shows, a bagpipe band competition, Irish dancing and traditional food.

“It’s a great family-friendly event,” Thornton said.

But for the present, St. Patrick’s Day will not be boring in Snowmass Village. It’s spring break for many students and families, and the holiday preludes two weekends of free concerts, the terrain park boot camp and other festivities around town.

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