The ice is starting to form. Several good nights in the teens and so they have cranked up the ice making! It is just a month away before the world famous Ouray Ice Park opens. Yippee!
Ouray is ranked as one of the most popular locations in the world for ice climbing. Not only do the surrounding mountains provide numerous spectacular ice-climbing routes, Ouray has the first ice-climbing park in the U.S. where a mile of farmed ice is available only a two-block walk from the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs and free to all who enjoy this unique sport.
From "ice cold" to "hot springs hot" it is the order of the day when you return to the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs to take a soak in the 108-degree hot springs hot tubs terraced on the mountainside.
You are not up to the challenge but you think the kids might be? Then, bring the young-ins to one of the Kids Climbing College sessions that happen this winter. The cost is free but people are encouraged to register. Equipment is provided, just make sure they are wearing their best winter gear. Dates of program: 12/26 from 12n – 4p, 1/8 and 1/9 from 10a-3p (Ice Fest) and 2/12/11 from 12n – 4p. Pre registration is encouraged. We are happy to help you get registered if you let us know.
If you still think Ice Climbing is a little too daring for you, there are two bridges over the gorge and several viewing stands built specifically for those interested in watching this interesting sport.
Learn more about the Official Site of Ouray Ice Park and this new and exciting sport by visiting their website. Enjoy the annual Ouray Ice Festival and witness some of the world’s best athletes compete for titles and prizes. The 16th annual Ouray Ice Festival will be held Januyary 6 – 9th, 2011. For more information on this world renowned competition see the Official Ouray Ice Park Festival site.
If you are interested in ice climbing instruction or guiding for this activity, contact the San Juan Mountain Guides (970-325-4925).
Winter visitors to Ouray can enjoy the unique sport of ice climbing (if they are so inclined). An extraordinary group of locals have developed the FIRST ice park in the world, attracting sports enthusiasts from as far away as Europe, England and Japan to enjoy this exciting sport. It’s almost as much fun to watch as it is to climb. BUT, you don’t have to be an ice climber to enjoy this "Support the Ouray Ice Park" membership special during our off-season. The cost of membership is only $40.
Membership entitles you to 20% off of our regular rate here at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs all winter long. We sell the memberships at the lodge and all proceeds go directly to supporting the programs and the offerings of this great place.
If you spend Thanksgiving in Ouray, you can be assured of a very peaceful and relaxing day. No need to fuss and cook that turkey yourself. Let one of Ouray's local restaurants do that for you. You can also avoid dishes too. With this kind of special treatment, you can reflect on the bounties of life and give thanks with those closest to you. The Bon Ton, the Beaumont, and the Outlaw will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving feast on Thursday but you will be best served to have reservations.
Don't enjoy the hectic shopping routine on the Friday afterwards? Then, slowly walk the streets of Ouray without the crowds and hectic pace. Ouray has many shops that will be open and they provide one of a kind gifts that can't always be found in shopping malls. Each store in Ouray is owned and operated by a person who cares passionately about their store, who hand picks all of the merchandise they sell themself, who calls Ouray home and who thinks of their customers first. (Ouray is infact the most beautiful shopping mall in the world!)
Not up for shopping? Soak in the surroundings in our natural hot springs that are terraced on the mountainside and/or watch a movie with your kids. Need more space? Soak at the Wiesbaden or the one million gallon Ouray Hot Springs pool. It will be open on Thanksgiving too. Let us help you design the Thanksgiving Day of your choosing. Call us for your reservations!
If you have a reservation at the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs but you do not show up that day and the hotel cannot resell your reserved room, you can be charged a one night fee that is equivalent to the amount of the room plus tax. To avoid being charged a No-Show fee, you need to follow proper cancellation procedures. Procedures may vary slightly by property, but, in general, if you follow these simple rules, you will not be charged:
1. Ask for a confirmation number when making your reservation. Retain this number in case you need to refer to this reservation again in the future.
2. Ask about the deadline for cancellation without penalty. You must cancel by this deadline to avoid any cancellation fees.
3. Ask for the phone number of the hotel, since it's best to call the hotel directly to make sure you are not charged. When you cancel your reservation, be sure to get the cancellation number. This number is your proof that you called and you did cancel should there be a discrepancy.
4. If you follow proper procedures and you are still charged a No-Show fee, call the hotel directly and give them your cancellation number and request that you receive a credit on your credit card on record. If you do not get the credit, protest the charge with your credit card company and typically, these charges will be reversed in your favor.
5. At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, you can read our cancellation policy on the FAQ page.
Every month, we track our natural gas usage in our facility. Rich does a meticulous job of highlighting our natural gas usage every month. Let me share some examples of the impact we have seen since taking over our little hot springs property in Ouray, Colorado. We used a total of 355 Therms (a Therm is 100 Cubic Feet) of natural gas in July 2010. In July 2007, our third month of hotel ownership, we used 1062 Therms, nearly a 70% reduction in natural gas usage during our tenure here. How did our little Southwest Colorado hotel make such a substantial difference in gas usage? We began heating all of the water used in guest rooms with our geothermal resources. We even added a guest laundry during this time period with two gas dryers and that additional usage was not factored out when computing our savings. If you take a month like January where the tempertures can hover near zero degrees even on very sunny days and where we must heat our facilities, we can see great savings as well. In January 2007, the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs consumed 2259 therms while in January 2010, our motel used 1059 therms. Other factors influence gas consumption in winter months including overall temperatures as well as occupancy but we see this reduction of 53% as a substantial reduction. Some additional steps we took that we attribute to saving this much gas include new attic insulation, measurements and gauges that monitor performance (we notice inconsistencies much faster), and more energy efficient doors. Currently, we want to find a way to reduce gas usage even more but we are currently short on ideas. In July, the only culprit for gas usage are the dryers in the laundry. We have already purchased and installed two Continental Girbau extractors that leave laundry less wet than conventional machines. We have asked our guests to participate in a towel and linen program to help with volume where possible. What other conservation methods can we implement to save more natural gas? We would love to hear from you!