Swany’s Denver Event Guide for SIA Snow Show 2013

The ‘Blue Bear’ peeks into the Colorado Convention Center, site of the SIA Snow Show

It’s time again for the SIA Snow Show (Jan. 31-Feb. 3) in Denver.

We have expanded and updated our Fourth Annual Denver Guide for the 2013 SIA Snow Show. In this post you’ll learn about a few of the big events surrounding the show at the Colorado Convention Center, as well as how to get around Denver. We’re also offering two separate reports:

Here are some highlights OUTSIDE the show. The list is constantly updated, so visit the Mile High Snow Fest site for more.

  • Winter on the Rocks (Friday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.): It worked so well last year, they’ve brought back this outdoor concert happening. The second annual concert figures to sizzle with the likes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Major Lazer & more acts performing at the world-famous amphitheatre, Red Rocks. Buy tickets.
  • Riders’ Poll Awards (Friday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.):  The TransWorld Snowboarding Awards honor the sport’s best athletes of the year. Snowboarding’s top professional athletes and the industry’s elite will all be out to honor the best in the sport at the Fillmore Auditorium.
  • Snowdown SIA at City Hall (Saturday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m.): One of the season’s biggest parties, featuring Baauer and Just Blaze at Denver’s hot City Hall club, 1144 Broadway.

GETTING AROUND

Denver has an easily walkable downtown; renting a car isn’t necessary unless you plan to drive to outlying neighborhoods or the mountains to ski. Many of you will be within a few blocks of the Colorado Convention Center.

For those in downtown hotels that aren’t as close, use the FREE 16th Street Mall Shuttle (get off at Stout Street and walk two blocks to the exhibition hall). The pedestrian mall serves as the spine for downtown, so most hotels are within a block or two of the mall. It starts running early and completes its last route about 1:30 a.m., so it’s useful if you’re out late (and we know you’ll be out late).

Staying outside downtown? See if you’re close to an RTD Light Rail Route. The train stops right in front of the Convention Center, where Snow Show will be held. It runs until 2 a.m.

Looking for a cab? The city has three main companies: Yellow Cab (303-777-7777; they also handle Super Shuttle); Metro Taxi (303-333-3333); and Freedom Cab (303-444-4444). And keep an eye out for the city’s growing fleet of pedicabs. If the weather’s warm, a bike cab can get you to various locations downtown faster than a car.

Finding your way isn’t difficult if you use the 16th Street Mall to navigate the city grid. The Lower Downtown area (better know as LoDo) is one of Denver’s most popular places to find dinner, drinks, live music and more fun. It’s a mix of high-end restaurants, brewpubs and affordable eating. Here’s a list of Lodo restaurants.

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