Here, the snow (some 300 inches annually) flies and locals head to the streets for a family-friendly parade on Fat Tuesday. It may not be Mardi Gras in the traditional sense; however this mountain town knows how to party. Get to Breckenridge early (the Saturday before Mardi Gras day) for the Mountain Masquerade Ball.
Now that Dew Tour has three stops -- beach, city and mountain -- Breckenridge is the only stop for skiers and snowboarders. In addition to pipe and slope competitions on the mountain, organizers introduced the Streetstyle event to a huge crowd in 2012.