Gin Blossoms, Quiet Riot at Copper’s 2011 Sunsation

Retro Red Bull 1976 games returns for season-ending bash

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Gin Blossoms, Quiet Riot and the Samples are among the headliners at Copper Mountain’s Sunsation festival this year, back for two weekends in late April (April 16-17, April 23-24). More acts will be announced soon, according to a press release from the resort.

Along with the traditional free music, the retro Red Bull 1976 games will return, as well as the the CBS Sports Network’s 2011 Alt Games College Slopestyle and Rail Jam Championships, and, under the motto safety first, an attempt to set a world record for the most people applying sunscreen at the same time.

Here’s a partial schedule, visit Copper’s Sunsation web site for all the beta.

April 16:

  • Live music all day, with headliners the Gin Blossoms wrapped around the Rail Jam Finals. Fueled by mega-hits including “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You” and “Til I Hear It From You,” Gin Blossoms completed the classic crossover from college-circuit heroes to multi-platinum album sellers.
  • The fun doesn’t stop with the music, the country’s best collegiate skiers and riders will be throwing down during the College Championships Saturday, April 16, with a televised Slopestyle Skiing and Snowboarding competition, as well as a Rail Jam which will take place near Burning Stones Plaza. CBS Sports Network’s Alt Games, now in its sixth year, is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing college action championships in sports including skiing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, flowboarding, skateboarding, and beach volleyball. The Championship competitions will air on CBS Sports Network. For more information,
  • Saturday evening – Fashion Show and Opening Ceremonies for the Red Bull 1976 Games in Jack’s Bar, with music provided by the ultimate tribute to Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction.

April 17:

  • Live music all day, with headliners Quiet Riot, planning to rock out like its 1976. Quiet Riot is an American heavy metal band, best known for their hit singles “Cum On Feel the Noize” and “Metal Health.” They are ranked in VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.”
  • In conjunction with Sunsation, teams of outrageous skiers channeling their inner 70’s groove and retro ski skills will unite at Copper for the Red Bull 1976 Games. So what inspired this wackiness?  More than 30 years ago, Denver was awarded the 1976 Winter Olympics, but then a coalition of activists and politicians campaigned against it and the games instead got moved to Innsbruck, Austria. This event is played off those 1976 Winter Games “known as the 1976 Games” and they bring the games back to Colorado and finally “give the year 1976 its day.” Competitions include Snowbladecross & Old School Air, plus an award for most outrageous costume and team mojo! So grow (or stick on) those mustaches, squeeze into your one-piece and get ready to party like its 1976. To get an idea of what we are talking about, check out this great video: Red Bull 1976 Games Video.
  • Sunday Evening – Live music in the Copper Conference Center by MiMOSA w/Archnemesis and Frequent-C. Tickets for this show are $20 in advance and $25 day of show, and can be purchased at Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and show starts at 8.

Weekend 2 Schedule of Events, April 23-24:
To ring in the end of an amazing season, and it being one of the latest Easter Sunday’s on record, Sunsation will deliver for Copper’s closing weekend.
April 23:

  • Live music all day, with headliners The Samples, making sure to keep things hot! The Samples are a band formed in Boulder, CO in early 1987. The band’s name came from the members’ early sustenance of food samples from the local grocery store. The music has been described as “reggae influenced folk and rock/pop.”
  • It’s time to break out those swimsuits and sunglasses because we are going to be working on our tan at this fiesta, but Safety first, as we will be trying to break the world record for the most people to apply sunscreen at the same time.
  • It’s also time for someone to have their life changed forever. That’s right; we will be giving away the Snow Day Fiesta to a lucky guest. We’ll even fill up the gas tank!
    • For your last chance to enter to win the Fiesta, log-on to Facebook, “Like” Copper Mountain (, and then head into the ‘Your Snow Day’ tab and click where it says, “Thanks we ‘Like’ you too. Click here to enter to win.” Fill out the form and you are entered to win!

April 24

  • Some things just go together, like Snow and Day, and Easter and Brunch. Start the celebration with brunch at C.B. Grille, where there will be specials that will make any bunny jump for joy.
  • Colorado’s largest Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10 a.m. for the little chickens (6-and-under) with the bigger kids’ hunt at Noon, while the biggest kids (12-and-up) will be hunting around the village throughout the day. If trinkets and jelly beans aren’t enough, prizes include lift tickets, Woodward at Copper sessions, gift cards, t-shirts and the grand prize of a  2011/12 Copper Season Pass!
  • Silly rabbit, tricks are for kids!  In the afternoon, the Easter Bunny and Peeps in the Pipe will be showing off their skills.  In addition, get ready for golf season with Egg Putt-Putt; with 9 holes of “greens” on the snow and Easter eggs for golf balls.  Putters and eggs provided, and don’t worry, we’re not using raw or hard boiled eggs for this one!
  • Once the kids come down from their sugar high, Copper will really start the party by having live music in Burning Stones Plaza.  Music is set to start around 3 p.m. and the party will be rocking to round out another great season!

2 thoughts on “Gin Blossoms, Quiet Riot at Copper’s 2011 Sunsation

  1. It seems that there’s lots more going on at Copper Mountain this year. Have a good safe time out there in beautiful Summit County. We’ll enjoy reading about it from our perch in Iowa.

  2. Some of the videos I posted from last year’s Sunsation are still in the top ten most viewed videos on the Summit Voice youtube channel. It looks like another amazing lineup for this year!

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