Snowdown – Durango’s Winter Festival

Durango’s Premier Winter Festival!

See your 2018 Snowdown: It’s a Black Tie Affair

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Snowdown 2018 Events

Durango Downtown is your source for planning your 2018 Snowdown!  If you decide to enter an event, be sure to check Snowdown.org to see if you need to register ahead of time.  Or click through to check out the venues and event pages.

Have a dashing, dapper, safe, and maybe a little rowdy SNOWDOWN 2018!

Wednesday, Jan 31st, 2018

Wed, Jan 31, 12:00 – 1:45PM: Snowdown Fashion Do’s & Don’ts at the La Plata County Fairgrounds exhibit building. Whether your outfit is divinely bourgeois haute couture or the fashion police need to dress code you at the door, dress to impress but please remember to follow a small bit of etiquette – it is an ADULT-only affair, but not x-rated! Luncheon seating at 60 tables. Maximum of 125 standees.

Wed, Jan 31, 12:00 – 8:00PM: Dashingly Chic Scavenger Hunt at Billy Goat Saloon. Teams of four will daintily dig the highways, the byways and the hang-outs around Durango for the items on the list.  The team that collects the most of the 100 items on the list wins!  Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

Wed, Jan 31, 1:00PM: Keg Cap Frisbee Golf at Balcony Bar and Grill Backstage. Test your skill at Keg Cap Frisbee! Three chances with a prize for each win. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.  All Balcony Bar & Grill Snowdown Events.

Wed, Jan 31, 1:00PM: Cricket Darts Tournament at Pongas. Players are welcome to bring their own arrows our use ours as they take turns in this spectacular SNOWDOWN darts tournament.  Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Wed, Jan 31, 2:00 – 4:00PM: Snowdown Costume Contest at The Palace Restaurant. Enjoy your favorite libations and snacks while strutting your style for the judges.  Winners announced at 4PM, Best in Theme.  Must be 21+.  Palace gift card prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Wed, Jan 31, 4:30PM: 40th Annual Bartender’s Contest at Moe’s Lounge. The Official SNOWDOWN 2018 Cocktail is chosen during this event.  All cocktails will be judged on presentation and taste.  You don’t have to be a bartender, but must be over 21 to enter.  Bar tab prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Wed, Jan 31, 5:00PM. 2nd show at 7:30PM: Snowdown Kids Follies at the Durango Arts Center. Local kids show off their talent at this family friendly event. Entertainment including music, dancing, magic, comedy, skits, and more.  More info on the Durango Arts Center Event Page.

roller races

Wed, Jan 31, 6:00PM: Roller Races at The Irish Embassy Pub. SNOWDOWN’s own bicycle event is polishing up its rollers.  Head-to-head races on stationary indoor rollers! Contestants provide their own bicycles – with 700c front wheels. Furthest distance covered in 15 minutes wins.  Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Wed, Jan 31, 6:00PM: Magical Musical Mystery Tour at The Irish Embassy Pub. SNOWDOWN’s oldest music trivia contest.  Teams of four will test their knowledge of music trivia in a variety of musical genres.  $40 entry per team of four.  Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. See all Irish Embassy Events.

Wed, Jan 31, 6:00PM: Basketball at Balcony Bar and Grill Backstage.  This is Basketball with Baseball rules!  Final rounds will be held on Thursday. Must be 21+. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Wed, Jan 31, 6:30PM: Ping Pong Tournament at Moe’s Lounge. Ping Pong has been the greatest non-video pastime since 1909.  Set it, serve it, smash it!  Single elimination, must be 21+. $10 entry per player. Bar tab prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Wed, Jan 31, 8:00PM: Snowdown Beer Trivia at Carver Brewing Company. Join beer maven Patrick and his classy assistants for a night of revelry and trivia. Up to 8 teams of 3 or 4. $15 entrance fee. Prizes are awarded to the top 3 teams. Call (970) 259-2545 to reserve a spot for your team.

Wed, Jan 31, 8:30PM: Jokedown at Derailed Pour House starting at 8:30 pm. Tell your best joke or present your best stand-up and win cash money! Cash prizes and a trophy go to the best stand up and best joke.

Wed, Jan 31, 10:00PM: Guinness Games Hungry Hungry Hippos at The Irish Embassy Pub. Playing Hungry Hungry Hippos for money?  You swore you’d never go back… but it’s time to come out of retirement.  Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Thursday, Feb 1st, 2018

Thu, Feb 1, 2:00 – 5:00PM: Warming Hut & Bow Tie Challenge at BREW Pub & Kitchen. Stop in to the Radio 101 Warming Hut between 2 and 5PM to test your Black-Tie bow tying abilities.  You will be judged on speed, skill, and presentation.  Win great prizes including Snowdown Follies tickets!  Free to enter.

Thu, Feb 1, 4:00PM: Most Elegant Hot Wing Eating Contest at Derailed Pour House. Be the talk of the town!  You might need a bib to protect that stylish finery!  Limited to the first 20 entries. $8 per contestant. Prizes paid out in … Chicken! for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Thu, Feb 1, 4:00PM: Name That Tune at 8th Avenue Tavern. Contestants will hear short clips and then write down the song title and artist.  There will also be a bonus question about each song.  Must be 21+. Drink Card Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Thu, Feb 1, 4:30 – 8:00PM: Snowdown Wine & Spirits Tasting & Silent Auction at Mutu’s Italian Kitchen. A fun, elegant evening featuring locally crafted spirits and exceptional wines, local brews, fine foods, and slient auction.  Hosted by La Plata Open Space Conservancy. Tickets at lposc.org

kids follies

Thu, Feb 1, 5:00PM. 2nd show at 7:30PM: Snowdown Kids Follies at the Durango Arts Center. Local kids show off their talent at this family friendly event. Entertainment including music, dancing, magic, comedy, skits, and more.  More info on the Durango Arts Center Event Page.

Thu, Feb 1, 6:00PM: Doughnut Bobbing Contest at Rendezvous Doughnuts starting at 6:00 pm. Eat one doughnut hanging from the ceiling as fast as you can, blindfolded with your hands behind your back. Winner receives a gift certificate for one free doughnut.

Thu, Feb 1, 6:00PM: Treadmill Challenge at BREW Pub & Kitchen. Hosted by Durango Running Company.  Each contestant has 5 minutes to climb as many vertical feet as possible.  FREE to enter. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Thu, Feb 1, 6:00PM: Snowdown Beer Pong at Pongas. Teams of two will face off in a double elimination tournament played with traditional beer pong rules. Sign up early because this event fills up quickly! $20 entry fee. Prizes for first three places.

Thu, Feb 1, 6:30PM: Rocky Mountain Oyster Eating Contest at Derailed Pour House. Sign up starts at 6:15. Winner gets a trophy & $100 cash. Second place gets a less exciting trophy and a $25 gift card.

Thu, Feb 1, 6:30PM: Dodgeball at Durango Community Recreation Center. All teams play at least two games during elimination rounds followed by “post-season play”.  Team members must be 16+. Your $85 per team entry fee supports positive youth development activities. Prizes for 1st and 2nd.

Thu, Feb 1, 7:00PM: Sophisticated Sound of Snowdown at Durango High School. A night of orchestral music brought to you by the DHS orchestra! All ages welcome.

Thu, Feb 1, 7:00PM: American Stiletto Warrior at Billy Goat Saloon. Oh, my! Even the men are included in this one! Provide your own stiletto heels (must be at least 4 inches) and navigate an obstacle course. Prizes for 1st and 2nd.

Thu, Feb 1, 8:00PM: Beard Competition at Carver Brewing Company. Grab a beer at Carver’s and join the elegantly furry bunch competing in the great Snowdown “beard race”.  Contestants showed up clean shaven at Carver’s back in November to prove they didn’t get a head start.  Judges will award prizes for length, girth, style, and absorption.

Thu, Feb 1, 8:00PM: Snowdown Follies Gala Premiere Performance at the Henry Strater Theater. This premier of the notoriously irreverent Snowdown Follies is for those who pay the big bucks.  $65 per person includes a reserved table, a rose for the ladies, and a Snowdown button. Complete info at snowdownfollies.org

Thu, Feb 1, 9:00PM: Karaoke Contest at 8th Avenue Tavern. Come flex those pipes at the Tavern for a karaoke contest!  Must be 21+.  Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Thu, Feb 1, 9:30PM: DJ and MC Battle at Moe’s Lounge. Waltz on over and enjoy this DJ and MC battle, that’s DJ vs DJ and MC vs MC.  Bar Tab prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Friday, Feb 2nd, 2018

snowdown waiter obstacle course

Fri, Feb 2, 2:00PM: Snowdown Waiter/Waitress Race at Steamworks Brewing. Traditionally one of Snowdown’s wildest events!  Coed teams of your favorite local servers compete in a fun and messy obstacle course.  More info on the event’s Facebook page.

Fri, Feb 2, 3:30PM: Pantyhose Bowling at Steamworks Brewing. Put the supplied hose on your head with a tennis ball in one of the feet.  You must turn this way and that to be the fastest to knock down the water bottles.  Must be 18+. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Fri, Feb 2, 6:00 (dusk): Firework Show (a single firework) in the skies above Durango, opposite College West Rim.  This amazing display is brought to you by the SNOWDOWN board.

snowdown 2018 parade

Fri, Feb 2, 6:00 (dusk): Durango’s only nighttime parade, where lighted floats create a dazzling delight in Durango’s most entertaining procession along Main Avenue. Entrants are encouraged to incorporate lights on their floats. Floats compete for trophies in 10 divisions with special emphasis on the use of lights and theme.  More info at snowdown.org
snowdown follies chorus

Fri, Feb 2, 8:00PM: Snowdown Follies live at both the Henry Strater Theater and Durango Arts Center. The event is also video cast to the Animas City Theater. The follies return for the 35th year of entertainment with you favorite showbiz personalities and local commentary.  Ticket sales support SNOWDOWN!

This event has a 2nd showing at all three locations at 10PM. Complete info at snowdownfollies.org

Fri, Feb 2, 7:30PM: Chapman Challenge Uphill/Downhill Race at Chapman Hill. An uphill/downhill race where all formally attired ladies and gents use skis, snowshoes, running, snownoards, shovels, or whatever to make the two or three laps up and down Chapman Hill!  Right after the parade.  Registration is from 6-7PM. $10 per person. Swag for top finishers.

Fri, Feb 2, 8:00PM: 10th Annual Music Trivia at Derailed Pour House. Sing and dance in your fancy finey to one of your favorite bands as they play the best rock tunes.  Name that tune and artist to win.  1st and 2nd place winners receive cash prizes and a trophy.

Fri, Feb 2, 9:00PM: Pants Off Dance Off at Moe’s Lounge. Dance contest… Come in your black tie and white gloves… just no pants!  Wear a bathing suit, skirt, dress, loin cloth, Tuggie… anything but pants to dance!  Bar tab prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Fri, Feb 2, 10:00PM: Pole Dancing Contest at Pongas. Men & women show off their best moves for a bar tab. $5 cover charge. Free entry for participants. Prizes for first 3 places. Arrive early because this event fills up fast.

Saturday, Feb 3rd, 2018

snowdown ballons

Sat, Feb 3, 8:00AM: Snowdown Ballon Rally & Mass Ascension at HWY 550N, N side of Hermosa Meadows Rd. Park at Animas Valley Elementary School. Come lift your spirits with a colorful display of hot air ballons launching in the early morning frost.  Come one, come all! Event site at durango.org.

Fri, Feb 2, 10:00AM – 2:00PM: Black Tie Paintball Biathlon at Chapman Hill. Teams and individuals will compete on an obstacle course with stationary targets being shot with paint balls.  Teams of three and the individual with the fastest time wins.  $15 per team. $5 for individuals. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Sat, Feb 3, 10:00AM: Polish Doughnut Frisbee at Rendezvous Doughnuts. Teams of two compete in an outdoor doughnut tossing game. Knock the coffee cup over from a vertically standing ski pole to win. BOGO Doughnut Date gift certificate awarded to winning team.

Sat, Feb 3, 10:00AM – 2:00PM: Snowdown Strongman & Strongwoman Competition at Crossfit Durango. Open to all in the spirit of Snowdown. There may be stones, logs, yokes, axle bars, and more. Spectators welcome!

Sat, Feb 3, 10:30AM – 12:00PM: Black Tie Preschool Dance Party at the Durango Public Library. Little ones and their families dress their very best and dance all morning to their favorite tunes. Ages 2-6.

Sat, Feb 3, 11:00AM – 12:15PM: Reshaping SPAM Viewing Party at the Durango Welcome Center. Fort Lewis College hosts this family friendly even where artists of all ages get to work their magic with a can of SPAM. Categories inlude kids, teens, adults, teams, and FLC alumni. Prizes are awarded to top sculptors in each category & to those who can answer SPAM-related trivia questions. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in 4 categories.

Sat, Feb 3, 11:00AM: 9 Ball Tournament at Pongas.  Doors open at 10:00 am. Double elimination tournament for up to 64 players. T-shirts awarded to all participants. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. $15 entry fee.

Sat, Feb 3, 12:00 noon: Outlaw Josie Pete’s Golf Tournament. What could be more fun than golfing in your fines duds?  Golf and look dapper with a martini in hand to help celebrate the most glamorous Snowdown in history. Each hole is located in a different downtown establishment and are created by some of the most talented golf hole designers in Durango. $75 per team. Prizes for Best Hole, Best Caddy, and Best Team. Event site at Durango.org.

Sat, Feb 3, 12:00 – 2:00PM: Snowdown Chili Cook-Off at the La Plata County Fairgrounds exhibit building. Are you ready to go on a tasting extravaganza?  Tasting samples on sale at noon with all proceeds supporting snowdown!  Guest can vote for the people’s choice award.  Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each category.

Sat, Feb 3, 5:00PM: Nintendo 64 Mario Kart at Moe’s Lounge. Come play Mario Kart on the Nintendo 64!  Players will be driving over bridges, through pits and racing around the universe!  Bar tab prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

snowdown fireworks

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Sat, Feb 3, 6:00 (dusk): Snowdown Fireworks Show in the skies above Durango, opposite College West Rim.  Cast your eyes upward for a spectacular display of fireworks to lead you on your way to FUN!

Sat, Feb 3, 7:30PM: Snowdown Follies live at both the Henry Strater Theater and Durango Arts Center. The event is also video cast to the Animas City Theater. The follies return for the 35th year of entertainment with you favorite showbiz personalities and local commentary.  Ticket sales support SNOWDOWN!

This event has a 2nd showing at all three locations at 10PM. Complete info at snowdownfollies.org

Sat, Feb 3, 8:00PM – 1AM: 9th Annual Costume Gala at Derailed Pour House.  Get your moves on at this annual event that will rock the house down!  Your best dance moves and fancies costumes will win you more than just fun! Must be 21+. Prizes for 1st and 2nd.

Sunday, Feb 4th, 2018

Sun, Feb 4, 8:00AM: Snowdown Ballon Rally at HWY 550N, N side of Hermosa Meadows Rd. Park at Animas Valley Elementary School. Come lift your spirits with a colorful display of hot air ballons launching in the early morning frost.

Sun, Feb 4, 10:00AM: Latte Art Throwdown at 11th Street Station, A most exquiisite event for those talented baristas!  Or perhaps a polished man or dame that is highly skilled in latte art.  Feestyle Welcome!  Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Sun, Feb 4, 12:00 noon: 8 Ball Tournament at Pongas. Double elimination tournament for up to 64 players. T-shirts awarded to all participants. Prizes for first 3 places. $15 entry fee. All ages are welcome, but those under 21 must be accompanied by a parent.

Sun, Feb 4, 2:00PM: Super Bowl Party at Derailed Pour House. Dress to impress for the big game! Get free stuff & a free apple pie shot if you pick the winner.  9 big screens so you won’t miss a thing.  Prizes and giveaways!


A Brief History of Snowdown:

Every culture and society has its own “creation” myth or story.
This is ours…

…A long time ago back in 1979, the Land of Durango was covered in winter’s darkness and the People and Commerce were depressed.
A great lament was heard throughout the Land, as the days were short and bore little fruit.

And so it came to pass one dark day The Founder John Murrah
(the man who originally came up with the idea), heard this hue and cry.

He enjoined the Lords of Business (DACRA, as it was then known) and the Lords of Information Dissemination (The Durango Herald) that a winter celebration would bring Enterprise to the land and raise up the people in their time of need.
And so it came to pass that the Lords agreed and they seeded the project with $2,000 from The Durango Herald.

But a Celebration such as this requires more than a Founder to get started, and so a Great Coordinator was to be found, one to spread the word among the People.
And so it came to pass that Terry Fiedler was hired at $1,000 that first year to organize the project
(but to be paid only after all expenses were recouped).
The Coordinator’s word was good and jollity, commerce and mirth spread among the people.
And so it came to pass that SNOWDOWN survived and continued into subsequent years and Fiedler usually volunteered his time, occasionally relieved by others (which helped a lot). All was good in the land.

It came to pass that SNOWDOWN became well known, even beyond the borders of the Land.
SNOWDOWN then became a non-profit corporation.

The Great Coordinator and his Disciples (all the volunteers that believe in SNOWDOWN) decided that Fun should be the guiding light,
so to speak, and that SNOWDOWN should be independent from the Lords of Business.

Although the People could see the Light at the end of the tunnel and the Land prospered, the Lords of Business said “Nay”.
A great battle ensued and much thunder and bluster was heard throughout the Land
(the debate created a lot of hot air, which helped sell the paper).

Finally, a compromise was reached and the Lords of Business and the Great Coordinator and his disciples determined to rule jointly in peace.

And so it came to pass that a SNOWDOWN Board of Directors was created.
The original appointments to The Board of Directors of SNOWDOWN were three individuals selected by DACRA,
three individuals from the planning Committee, and three chosen by the current Board.

Under the current By-Laws, new members are elected by the current Board of Nine.

And so it came to pass that once again all was good in the Land.

The Great Coordinator smiled…. the People frolicked….. and the Lords prospered.

So SNOWDOWN continues to this day to bring Fun and increased Commerce & Tourism to Durango.

In 2018 SNOWDOWN will celebrate its 40th year of Fun and Frivolity!

 

History provided by snowdown.org

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