Celebrating St. Paddy’s on the Slopes

Did you know one of the oldest towns in all of Ireland is named Newry? Did you know that nearly 34 million Americans claim Irish descent? Did you know that America was the first country to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the form of parades and mass frivolity?

Well, all of those facts just so happen to be true. America is commonly known for doing things bigger and St. Patrick’s celebrations are no exception. After all, until relatively recently, pubs across all of Ireland were closed on March 17. The closure of pubs is something we in America don’t take kindly to, so it was left up to us Irish-Americans to turn St. Paddy’s day into the festive holiday we know today.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations got their start on the shores of the American colonies in Boston. Celebrations quickly spread across major cities of the East Coast with New York City hosting the first St. Patrick’s Day parade, now a staple of these celebrations worldwide.

It was only a matter of time before St. Paddy’s celebrations made it to the slopes. Of all the great holidays that coincide with the ski season, St. Patrick’s Day is always a crowd favorite.

Here are a few tips for celebrating your St. Patrick’s Day on the slopes.

Show Your Colors

It shouldn’t be too difficult to guess which color to sport on the day we celebrate the patron saint of the Emerald Isle. Get green and show your pride. Green jacket, rock it. Green pants, now we are talking. Green helmet, extra points. Green underwear—slow down there partner. Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves.

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Take the Outfit Up a Notch

Green is the go-to and is all well and good, but I’m sure the real dedicated fanatics out there already have the shamrock glasses and the tailed leprechaun jackets lined up and ready to go. Colors are cool, costumes are cooler.

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NYC parade-goers showing their pride. cred: AFP, Dublin

In Irish folklore, if you catch a leprechaun, it must grant you three wishes. Catching one on foot may be hard, but catching one on skis?! Now there’s a challenge. The only way to make dressing up like everyone’s favorite St. Paddy’s day mischief makers even better is by doing it on skis. Get the costume on, clip on the skis and hey, maybe even bring a pot of chocolate gold coins for the kids.

Apres-Ski, Irish Style

Perhaps the most popular St. Paddy’s Day tradition of all is a festive beverage. According to USA Today, 600,000 pints of Guinness are consumed on a daily basis in the US of A, but on March the 17th, nearly 3 million pints of Ireland’s most famous is guzzled down.

Grab yourself a Guinness slopeside or if you are feeling a bit peckish, swing by the Foggy Goggle for some corned beef and cabbage. The Foggy Goggle will have live music as well as Tullamore Dew and Guinness specials. If the weather is fine, enjoy your beverage and Irish grub on the deck to celebrate a day on the slopes.

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Celebrate responsibly and leave the beverages for after the slopes, skiing and riding comes first, celebratory drinks comes second.

Spend the Day with the Family

For anyone who grew up in an Irish Catholic home, spending time with the family wasn’t really optional. There is nothing like spending the day with your siblings, your cousins, your cousin’s cousins, your great-aunt twice removed, your third cousins who may not actually be related…who knows. Anyway, our last tip for the day on the slopes is perhaps the most important of all Irish traditions, family time.

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Take a few laps with the young ones, snap a group photo from the summit, grab a big table for lunch and enjoy the day with the ones you love. Having a great time on the slopes…that’s what it’s all about.

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