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Holiday Traditions Live on In Southwest Colorado

  
  
  

Ouray Hotel Honors the Tradition of Mistletoe at Christmas and where it came from.

 

Mistletoe2We have all heard of or experienced the sweetly entertaining tradition of kissing under the Mistletoe at Christmas time, but does anyone really know the origin of this charming tradition?

If we travel back in time to ancient Scandinavia we may discover how it all came to be. Mistletoe was long believed to be a symbol of peace and joy. There was an ancient custom that if; while out in the woods you happened to find yourself standing under a mistletoe plant, upon encountering an enemy, you both must lay down your weapons and observe a truce until the next day. This custom eventually led to hanging a ball of mistletoe from the ceiling and exchanging kisses under it as a sign of friendship and goodwill.

tom daleyThe ancient Druids took mistletoe very seriously; they had a very elaborate ritual for gathering the mistletoe that sometimes could include human sacrifice. When harvesting the mistletoe the branches had to be caught before they touched the ground otherwise the plant would have lost its healing powers. The plant was then distributed amongst the people to be hung over doorways as protection against thunder, lightning and other evils. They would also place a sprig in a babies cradle to protect the child from Goblins. The Druids considered it to have magical properties so it was worn as a good luck charm and also placed over doorways to ward off evil spirits. And so any who entered through the doorway received a kiss as a seal of friendship.

mistletoeOne of the oldest myths about mistletoe was in regards to Baldur a Norse God. The story goes that Baldur, the god of sunshine and light, was the son of Odin and Frigga, goddess of love.

mistletoe Baldur had a premonition of his own death; this greatly alarmed his mother for if he should die then all life on earth would end. In an attempt to prevent Baldur’s death, Frigga asked every element of nature to promise not to harm him. In her haste she forgot the lowly mistletoe, the evil God Loki knew of her mistake and so he made an arrow tip of mistletoe and gave it to the blind God of Winter, Hodar, who then accidentally shot and killed Baldur.  Instantly the sun ceased to shine the sky paled and all things on Earth and in the Heavens wept for the fallen Sun God. For three days each element and all of the Gods and Goddess tried to revive him, and he was finally restored to life.

mistletoekissIt is said that the tears of joy that Frigga shed then turned into the pearly white berries on the mistletoe plant, and in her joy she kissed everyone who passed under the tree on which it grew. It was then decreed that the mistletoe would never again cause harm and that anyone who walked under it should receive a kiss, a token of love.

The earliest document case of kissing under the mistletoe was back in the 16th century in England, it was a very popular custom at that time. The original custom in England was that the gentleman would pick a berry from the sprig of mistletoe before he could kiss the lady standing under it. Once all the berries had gone there could be no more kissing. In the 18th Century the exchanging of kisses between and man and woman was adopted as a promise to marry. At Christmas time a lady standing under a ball of mistletoe could not refuse to be kissed. It was believed that if the girl remained unkissed she could not expect to marry in the following year.

Christmas Tree (1)In the modern day although greenery is still widely used as a Christmas decoration, the practice of hanging mistletoe is rarely done. Even though almost everyone has heard of the custom of kissing under the mistletoe, it is a sweet and simple ancient tradition that many have forsaken. So this holiday season we here at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs would wish upon everyone all the peace, joy and friendship that mistletoe was long believed to help bring.

About the Author: Morgan McDaniel is a Ouray County native. After graduating high school, Morgan continued through college, and spent some time out of Colorado. Recently, she returned to Ouray, and can be found pursuing a number of activities, as well as the occasional cameo appearance at the Silver Eagle.

 

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Best Five Snowshoeing Areas Around Ouray, Colorado

  
  
  

Snowshoeing in the San Juan Mountains - An Adventure Not to be Missed!

snowshoeing2So often when one thinks on winter activities, the mind travels to downhill skiing, ice climbing and snow mobiling. Speed and adrenaline rule the day! Snow shoeing and cross country skiing are often overlooked by many a winter enthusiast.

Whether you have never tried snow shoeing, or are a seasoned hiker, nothing can compare to traveling across fields of untouched snow; a sense of oneness with the forest around you. Granted the sport is a work out, but the beauty is that you can set your own pace, taking time to breathe in the phenomenal sights and awe inspiring silences of winter in the San Juans.

snowshoeing3Possibly the best thing about snow shoeing is that you can go virtually anywhere (within reason) that you might hike to in the summer months. As with hiking the back country in the summer though, it is very important to never snow shoe alone, have the proper equipment, be aware of the weather conditions and plan accordingly. If you did not bring all of the gear necessary to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, you can always rent or purchase needed supplies here in Ouray at Ouray Mountain Sports on Main Street.

Once you and your friends have all of your gear, it is time to pick a trail. Ouray County boasts a large number of spectacular trails, however, it is important to base your final decision on your level of experience, snow and weather conditions, and the length of time you would like to spend on your adventure. Always remember that when you travel into the back country, you are entering possible avalanche areas. Be sure to check the snow and weather status before heading out, and remember it is always safer to go earlier in the day before the sun has had a chance to soften the snow too much.

It is hard to list just a few trails to explore, however after trying a few and speaking to some real snow shoeing enthusiasts, here are the top five trails ranging in difficulty that are highly reccommended:

1.) Uncompahgre River Trail - Easy

snowshoeing4 iceparkApproximately two miles round trip, this easy, extremely level trail is located right in Ouray and travels along the river. You will be sure to encounter fellow hikers and cross country skiers (proper snow pack provided), as this trail is great for beginners or for a quick stretch for the more seasoned snowshoer. This trail can be accessed either at the Ouray City Park or off of Oak Street on the other side of the river.

2.) Ice Park Trail - Easy to Moderate

Still in town, but a bit more challenging, the Ice Park Trail  is accessed off of Campbird Mine Road and offers breathtaking views of the Uncompahgre Gorge. You may be able to get a true bird's eye view of ice climbers below as you traverse the canyon above. The climb is not too extreme, but steep enough in spots to take your breath away. Offering a little of everything, the Ice Park Trail is a great adventure right out your front door.

3.) Ironton Park - Easy to Moderate

snowshoeing5Ironton Park is located about nine miles north of Ouray off of Highway 550 or the Million Dollar Highway. Known more for its beautifully groomed cross country ski trails, this is also an amazing spot for snow shoeing as well. Just remember the best way to give yourself a bad name as a snow shoer is to trample or otherwise alter the groomed tracks on a ski trail. Offering a variety of trail options, the easiest being the Townsite Loop. About 2 miles long, this trail takes you to some of the old buildings of the town of Ironton, where you can explore this old ghost town and imagine the lives of those who once called this area home.

Accessed off of the Townsite Loop are the Saratoga and Brooklyn Bash trail heads.

A short ways on the main loop will bring you to the trail head for Saratoga and Iron Fen. Although the mine is no longer visible, this trail takes you through a flat valley with views of the surrounding forest before taking you into the woods in a path leading back to the beginning junction. Along the way, the trail head to the Brooklyn Bash takes adventurers through a grove of aspens as you climb to the mine through thick bushes and a small creek, which may vary in difficulty depending on snow depth. Once past the mine and creek, the trail takes you back down to the Saratoga intersection.

4.) Yankee Girl - Moderate

Accessed off of County Road 31, a couple of miles north of Ironton Park off of the Million Dollar Highway, parking is a bit off the road, and may need a four-wheel drive vehicle to get to the trail head, but, believe me, its worth it! Climb up County Road 31 past the head structure of the once booming Yankee Girl Mine to the former site of Red Mountain Town, once home to over 1000 year round residents before looping back around for an easier descent. This 4 mile trail is a true adventure in history and scenic photo ops.

5.) Amphitheater Basin/Portland Mine - Moderate to Difficult

snowshoeingJust above Ouray to the south, the Amphitheater Basin offers some of the most talked about snow shoeing trails in the San Juans. At the entrance to the Amphitheater Campground, just before the bridge you will find the Portland Trail. Travel south up the road (it is steep) for about ten or fifteen minutes to the Portland Trailhead. Follow this trail past a serene meadow and unparalelled views of the Ampitheater until you eventually find yourself on a back jeep road leading to the Ouray Mine. this is an incredibly rewarding trail offering scenery well worth the climb.

ouray winterThis is just a small taste of the many opportunities to explore Ouray County in the winter. Literature abounds on snow shoeing and cross country ski trails, and please take advantage of the knowledge of the Ouray County Nordic Council, whose collective knowledge is responsible for the mapping and grooming of so many fantastic trails. The staff at the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs are happy to connect you with the best possible guidance to ensure the safest and most pleasant adventure on your next snow shoeing expedition, and of course, what better way to finish off a day in the back country than to come home to the Box Canyon and enjoy a long soothing soak in our natural mineral hot spring tubs?

See you soon!

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Winterfest in Ouray!

  
  
  

A Season of Wintery Fun is Upon us in Ouray County! 


turkeydinnerWinterfest
 is a season of wintery holiday events from Thanksgiving to the Ice Fest in January. We kick off the season with Small Business Saturday November 29th. Start the day with a delicious breakfast at Cavallo’s Restaurant  and then shop till you drop in Ouray’s fantastic and one-of-a-kind shops. End the day on 7th Ave and Main at 7 pm with a Christmas tree lighting, caroling , hot drinks and s’mores. Don’t forget to sign up on Amex’s website to qualify for their $10 rebates for shopping local.


elkssantaYule Night is December 6th. Shops will be open late and offering refreshments and fun things to do as well as discounts all day. There will be a Parade of Lights at 6 pm ending at the Ouray Elks Lodge with Santa and Mrs. Clause. There will also be a Live Nativity and carolers in the Elk’s Park with fire barrels for keeping you toasty. At 7:30 the winners of the parade will be announced. The Ouray County Chorus will be performing a holiday concert at the Ouray County 4-H Center in Ridgway on December 7th. This is a wonderful event and free to the public!

winterfestcalendarDecember 12th -14th is a very full weekend. Come for the whole weekend and start with a 4 course Wine Dinner at Cavallo’s Restaurant paired with wines from Stoney Mesa Winery in Cedaredge Colorado. The dinner starts at 5 so then you can go from there to a radio drama performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Wright Opera House. However, if you want to stay longer at the dinner you can always see the show on Sunday instead. Tickets for the Wine Dinner are $50 and require reservations by December 6th. Attendees at the Wine Dinner will also have an opportunity to purchase tickets to the Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival the next night for half price.

winechocolatecheese3On December 13th Weehawken Creative Arts is offering a Gingerbread House Workshop where families can purchase a house for $15 and decorate it at the Ouray Community Center from 10-noon. Space is limited for register now to reserve a house or 2 for your family. Then the evening of the 13th is the Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival also at the Community Center from 6-9 pm. Tickets to this event are $20 and can be purchased on their website,  in locations around Colorado and at the door. After the festival if you are still wanting to party head over to Cavallo’s for a late night party from 9-11 pm with a Southern style Blues band a full bar and some great food. Then don’t forget “It’s a Wonderful life is playing again on the 14th at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

winterinourayShop Search and Soak December 20th. A fun scavenger hunt begins at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool at noon. Pick up your clues at the pool and then explore Ouray’s great shops looking for Christmas ornaments. Bring your completed for to Cavallo’s by 5pm and enter to win a 10 punch pass to the pool. Don’t forget to hang out at the pool for a party with Santa. The pool is open 11 am -9 pm.

santapawsIf you will be in Ouray for Christmas with kids call the Elk’s Lodge to schedule a visit from Santa on Christmas Eve. Whether you are at a home or a hotel Santa will come to you. Make reservations for a fabulous Christmas dinner at The Outlaw so you don’t have to cook or clean up!

George Winston is performing at The Wright Opera House on December 27th. Tickets are $25 in advance and going fast, so book your tickets today for this festive winter themed concert.

December 29-31 various organizations are hosting Snow Games around town.

December 29th the Ouray Ice Park is hosting an Ugly Sweater and Pull Up Contest at the Ice Park at 3 pm.

December 30th the Nordic Council is hosting a Cross Country Crawl at Ironton Park at noon.

December 31st …. Is hosting Broomball games at Ouray Rotary Park at 3 pm. All of these events are free and open to the public. Come out and have fun and experience winter in Ouray.

FIREWORKSBring in the new year in Ouray with a fantastic fireworks display at midnight booming above Ouray’s canyon walls. Celebrate with special dinners at the Beaumont Hotel, Cavallo’s, Bon Ton and the Outlaw. There are also parties on New Year’s Eve at O’Brien’s and the Ouray Elk’s Lodge. Then wake up to a delicious brunch at Cavallo’s and have dinner at the Outlaw.

ourayice2Before the big Ice Festival bring your kids to the Ice Park on January 3rd for a free Ice Climbing College for ages 7-17. The 20th Annual Ice Festival starts January 8 and is a 4 day festival of climbing competitions, parties, movies and much more. Check out their website for all the details and become an ice park member to support the park as well as getting discounts at hotels, restaurants and local businesses.

The season is bursting with exciting activities in Ouray, and what better way to end a day of festive fun than with a long soothing soak in the mineral hot spring tubs at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs!

Give us a call today and let us help you plan your winter getaway!

About the Author: Ever the wine enthusiast and farm to table promoter, Faith Parry is the brains and brawn of the Ouray Wine, Chocolate and Cheese festival. She tirelessly explores hidden gems, and shares with us experiences and adventures that otherwise we wouldn't know were so fabulous! Southwest Colorado is a treasure trove of talented people all eager to share their passion for a variety of creativity from wine and cheese, to the Ridgway MoonWalk.

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19th Annual Ouray Ice Fest in Switzerland of America This January

  
  
  

Intense Competition, Outstanding Events and Extraordinary Good Times Await at the 19th Annual Ouray Ice Fest January 9 - 13, 2014!

ice3For close to two decades, the Ouray Ice Park has welcomed climbers from all over the world. As the years have passed, the number of climbs in the park have grown, as has its popularity as a World Class park, drawing climbers from near and far to traverse the ice in the Uncompahgre Gorge. 
With a viewing station set up for specators, that feels as if you are right beside the climbers, the Ouray Ice Festival is truly a sport enthusiasts dream location.
The Ouray Ice Festival has grown along with the park, encompassing not only the awe inspiring competitive climbs, but also embrasing the desire to share knowledge and of course, have a good time.
Don't miss a moment of this weekend; whether you are a seasoned climber here to win a piece of the prize, or new to the sport, Ouray will feed your passion for adventure this Ice Fest!

Thursday January 9, 2014

Presentation by Kristen Kelliher 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm at The Main Street Theater (630 Main Street)

ice6Kristen Kelliher has won national acclaim as the youngest person to summit the top peak in all 50 states in the country. She will be joining the festivities in Ouray immediately after completing the second of the Seven Summits, Aconcague in the Andes. Somewhat new to the sport of ice climbing, this young lady has already accumulated an impressive resume as a top athelete.

Tickets are $15.00 per person, with beer provided by Colorado Boy Brewery.

Ouray Ice Festival Kick Off Party: 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm at the Beaumont Grill (505 Main Street)

This evening at the Beaumont is full fo great beer, food and prizes presented by the American Alpine Club. Great fun for you and friends old and new, as everyone gets ready for an Ice Fest Extravaganza!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Outdoor Gear Expo: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Ice Park

Explore the variety of tents stations along the edge of the Uncompahgre Gorge filled with swag and demo gear from the outdoor gear manufacturers sponsoring this amazing festival. Once just a small selection of tools and crampons, nowthere are demos of almost anything you could want for your next ice adventure!

Interactive Clinics at 9:00 am and 12:30 pm

ice1Clinics will be offered in the mornings and afternoons of Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival. ou can sign up for the class of your choice at http://mtnguide.net/ouray-ice-climbing/ouray-ice-festival-clinics/.

Kid's Climbing College: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Yet again, San Juan Mountain Guides and the Woman's Club of Ouray County bring the ever popular Kid's Climbing College to Ice Fest. Offering free instruction to children ages 8 to 17, providing all of the technical gear as well for each 15 minute session. Be sure to sign your kids up for this once in a lifetime opportunity for a free lesson from some of the best climbers in the country!

Walk up Climbing at the La Sportiva Zone: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Just because you aren't a kid doesn't mean that you shouldn't try ice climbing at least once. 

Next door to the Kids Climbing College at the Kids Wall near the Upper Bridge and County Road 361, take a turn at Free Adult Walk Up Climbing. Offering free clinics for adults by top athletes, with no registration required, Sportiva has exceeded itself in offering a bucket list opportunity to everyone!

Spaghetti Dinner/Indoor Gear Expo and Silent Auction 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the OurayCommunity Center

2014icefest2Treasures to bid on at the silent auction, hob-nobbing with world class atheletes, and beer provided by the award winning Ouray Brewery. For only $20.00 per person, this is the beginning of a night to remember!

Presentation by Adrian Ballinger: 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the Main Street Theater (630 Main)

One of a mere handful of alpinists capable of keeping up with the Sherpa on climbs throughout the Himalayans, Ballinger has succeeded in climbs often uncompleted by other guides. With a knowledge of climbing and a strong rapport with the Sherppa, he brings an understanding of the climb beyond the competetive aspects of the sport.

$15.00 per person with beer provided by Ourayle House Brewery

Presentation by Kyle Dempster - "The Road from Karakol": 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Wright Opera House

Two time winner of the Piolet d'Or for his ascent of the 21,070-foot Xuelian West in Chinese Tien Shan, and more recently, the 23,901 foot Ogre I, Kyle Dempster stands on the cutting edge of the world alpine scene. His 25 minute film, The Road from Karakol takes us through the much unknown mountains of the Kyrgyz countryside, an epic adventure of disscovery.

Tickets are $15.00 per person. Beer provided by Two Rascals Brewery

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Outdoor Gear Expo: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Ice Park

icefestcompetitorsExplore the variety of tents stations along the edge of the Uncompahgre Gorge filled with swag and demo gear from the outdoor gear manufacturers sponsoring this amazing festival. Once just a small selection of tools and crampons, nowthere are demos of almost anything you could want for your next ice adventure!

Interactive Clinics at 9:00 am and 12:30 pm

Clinics will be offered in the mornings and afternoons of Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival. ou can sign up for the class of your choice at http://mtnguide.net/ouray-ice-climbing/ouray-ice-festival-clinics/.

Elite Mixed Ice Climbing Competition: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Lower Bridge in the Ouray Ice Park

Kids Wall2Watch 25 of the worlds top climbers as they traverse a combination of artificial and natural features in a route created by the reknowned route setter Vince Anderson. The competion is fierc and awesome as climbers compete for a $9,000.00 purse, which is divided between the top three male and female climbers in this challenging competition.

Kid's Climbing College: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Yet again, San Juan Mountain Guides and the Woman's Club of Ouray County bring the ever popular Kid's Climbing College to Ice Fest. Offering free instruction to children ages 8 to 17, providing all of the technical gear as well for each 15 minute session. Be sure to sign your kids up for this once in a lifetime opportunity for a free lesson from some of the best climbers in the country!

Walk up Climbing at the La Sportiva Zone: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

icepark30Just because you aren't a kid doesn't mean that you shouldn't try ice climbing at least once. 

Next door to the Kids Climbing College at the Kids Wall near the Upper Bridge and County Road 361, take a turn at Free Adult Walk Up Climbing. Offering free clinics for adults by top athletes, with no registration required, Sportiva has exceeded itself in offering a bucket list opportunity to everyone!

Presentation by Ueli Steck/Live Auction: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center

The Famous Swiss rock climber and mountaineer, nicknamed the “Swiss Machine” for his precision and efficiency, will be presenting at the 19th annual Ouray Ice Fest, as well as teaching at least a couple of clinics and competing in both the Elite Mixed Climbing Comp and the Hari Berger Speed Comp. the biggest attraction of the year, be sure to arrive early at the Community Center to enjoy his presentation. In addition, you can bid on a wide variety of treasures at the Live Auction.

Tickets are $15.00 per person with beer provided by Ouray Brewery. 

Multimedia Presentation by Aaron Mulkey: 9:00 pm top 10:30 pm at the Wright Opera House

ice3Addicted to the chase, Aaron Mulkey has spent his career searching for the ultimate climbs, having completed an unprecedented number of previously unexplored ice in remote areas accross the American West and Norway. When there is no ice to climb, Mulkey finds other extreme sports to entertain himself, always pushing the envelope for his next great adventure.

Tickets are $15.00 per person, with beer provided by Two Rascals Brewery

Petzl "Saturday Night Freezer" Party: 10:30 pm to 1:00 am at the Ouray Community Center

Pull out your Disco best for this years annual late-night Petzl party! Always a great way to warm up after a day on the ice, let loose and boogie the night away with all your Ice Fest friends!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Ouray Ice Festival Hari Berger Speed Competition: 9:00 am at the Lower Bridge

ice2This open competition blends both local favorites and all of the big names in the sport, as competitors vie for the best time in a side by side race against the clock on a route solely made up of ice.

Created as a memorial to Hari Berger, the Australian climber who was lost in 2006. With speed as a focus, and $7,000.00 in prize money at stake, this competition has become a huge hit both here in Ouray as well as on the World Cup scene.

Interactive Clinics at 9:00 am and 12:30 pm

Clinics will be offered in the mornings and afternoons of Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival. ou can sign up for the class of your choice at http://mtnguide.net/ouray-ice-climbing/ouray-ice-festival-clinics/.

Outdoor Gear Expo: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Ice Park

Explore the variety of tents stations along the edge of the Uncompahgre Gorge filled with swag and demo gear from the outdoor gear manufacturers sponsoring this amazing festival. Once just a small selection of tools and crampons, nowthere are demos of almost anything you could want for your next ice adventure!

Kid's Climbing College: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 

icefestYet again, San Juan Mountain Guides and the Woman's Club of Ouray County bring the ever popular Kid's Climbing College to Ice Fest. Offering free instruction to children ages 8 to 17, providing all of the technical gear as well for each 15 minute session. Be sure to sign your kids up for this once in a lifetime opportunity for a free lesson from some of the best climbers in the country!

Walk up Climbing at the La Sportiva Zone: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Just because you aren't a kid doesn't mean that you shouldn't try ice climbing at least once. 

Next door to the Kids Climbing College at the Kids Wall near the Upper Bridge and County Road 361, take a turn at Free Adult Walk Up Climbing. Offering free clinics for adults by top athletes, with no registration required, Sportiva has exceeded itself in offering a bucket list opportunity to everyone!

ASOLO Awards Ceremony: 1:00 pm at the Outdoor Gear Expo

box canyon lodge winter in ouray2For the second year, the ASOLO Award Ceremony will be held outdoors at the Ouray Ice Park. Custom trophys will be presented to the top performing athletes in both the Elite Mixed Climbing Comp and the Hari Berger Speed comp. A picture perfect moment as these individuals receive recognition as they stand arrayed on a pillar of ice, with fans and peers looking on.

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is a proud supported of the Ouray Ice Park, and looks forward to welcoming both competing athletes as well as avid spectators of this extreme sport for the 19th Annual Ouray Ice Festival.
There is nothing better than warming cold bones in the soothing waters of our mineral hot spring tubs after a day of climbing and cheering on your favorite athletes. 

 

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Dining and Entertainment over the Holidays in Ouray!

  
  
  

Ouray’s very First Christmas with a dash of Vinegar

 

Christmas Tree (1)Every town large and small has their own holiday traditions, and each has its own unique story of beginning.  Here in Ouray we have a wonderful tradition of going to Vinegar Hill to go sledding as children and later as adults we will take our own children there to sled on Christmas day. You may ask why this particular sled hill is named Vinegar Hill? Well the name goes all the way back to the very first Christmas ever celebrated here in Ouray in 1875.

 

sledoldIn 1875 the town of Ouray was yet to officially exist, this valley was still Ute Indian land with only a small handful of white men just starting to settle here. These first men were here to prospect, mine and start a small settlement that would later be named Ouray in honor of the Ute Chief Ouray.

 

 

balsamic vinegarIn December 1875 when winter was just beginning the 13 men and no women that lived here gathered together in a cabin for a simple dinner consisting of bread, bacon, and beans. The men, finding that none of the traditional spirits were on hand and the closest place to find any liquor or wine was in Silverton, decided to doctor the one fluid that they had to drink, Vinegar!

 

Thus with a simple meal toasted with a glass of vinegar the first Christmas was celebrated and the location was named for that one drink, retaining that name to this very day. Not only was Vinegar Hill christened with that meal but a town was born, first named Lexington then changed to Uncompahgre City and eventually becoming the city of Ouray.

 

Now days Vinegar Hill still has a place in our Christmas traditions…..whether you spend the day sledding down it with your friends and family or just enjoy watching all the fun. Should you be in need of a sled to use for your day of fun check out Ouray Mountain Sports. And please try to remember this special place and its unique history in our beautiful little spot of the world.

 

This Christmas don’t worry that we will be serving a glass of Vinegar for your holiday meal, there are plenty of fabulous restaurants to dine at:

 

CHRISTMAS EVE

turkeydinnerArtisan Bakery: 7 AM – 2 PM

Backstreet Bistro: 7 AM – 3 PM

Beaumont Hotel Grand Ballroom: 5 – 9 PM (Reservations 970-325- 7000)

Bon Ton: 5 PM - Close (Reservations 970-325-4951)

Buen Tiempo: 5:30 PM – Close (970-325-4544)

Cavallo’s: 7 AM—2 PM; 5:30 PM & 7 PM (Reservations 970-325-2042)

Goldbelt Bar & Grill: 11 AM – 4 PM

Mouse’s Chocolates: 9 AM – 7 PM

O’Briens Pub: 11 AM – Close

Ouray Brewery: 5 PM – Close

Outlaw: Closed

 

eye of round roast lCHRISTMAS DAY

Backstreet Bistro: 7 AM – 1 PM

Ouray Brewery: 5 PM – Close

Outlaw: 5 PM – 9 PM

 

From all of us at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs we wish you warm and wonderful holiday season.

About the Author: Morgan McDaniel is a Ouray County native. After graduating high school, Morgan continued through college, and spent some time out of Colorado. Recently, she returned to Ouray, and can be found pursuing a number of activities, as well as the occasional cameo appearance at the Silver Eagle. Morgan is also the newest member of our front desk team at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs.
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The Ouray Victorian Yule Fest Weekend December, 2013

  
  
  

Shopping, Live Music, Wine, Chocolate and Cheese and Santa - All in Ouray This Yule Fest!

Winter is upon us. We have survived Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday with flying colors. The holidays are in full swing, and Ouray is ready for Yule Fest.

ouray winterThe Ouray Yule Fest Victorian Christmas Weekend greets the Holiday Season with open arms and activities sure to entertain everyone. From Friday, December 13, 2013 through Sunday, December 15, 2013, the town is bursting with sidewalk sales, Santa on parade, festive music in several venues and the Fifth Annual Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest, just to mention a few exciting opportunities to enjoy the Holiday Cheer and small town charm Ouray is famous for.

Every year, Ouray locals and visitors welcome the season with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children will all have the opportunity to visit with him at the Ouray Elks Lodge, starting at 5:00 PM. The lodge will also provide a chili supper at 5:15, with meals just $8/adults, $5 kids 5 - 12. 

winefest17The Fifth Annual Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest, which will be held at the Ouray Community Center on Saturday, December 14, 2013, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, sample a variety of decadent treats, all presented by local vendors. Featured last month on 9News Colorado and Company, Faith Parry, creator and organizer of the Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest, introduced many of the vendors who will be attending this years gala event, including Dirty Water Soap Works IncEast Mesa DesignMountain View WineryStoney Mesa WineryJumpin Good Goat DairyHaystack Mountain Goat Dairy, and MouCo Cheese Company to name a few.

winefest10Colorado is increasingly receiving accolades for the spectacular wines produced accross the state, and many of the cheese and chocolate companies who will be in attendance are very well known and loved all over the country.

As always focusing on local talents, Faith has again included local distilleries and artists who will be displaying a variety of original and interesting wares. Whether you still need to finish off your Christmas list, or are looking to cross off some of your own holiday desires, surely there will be a plethora of enticing options available at this years Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest in Ouray! 

Once again, door prizes will be awarded for the most festively dressed, and the evening should prove to be the best yet of this hugely popular event.

winefest7After the Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Fest, the evening continues at O'Briens Pub from 9:00pm to 12:00am, with Tony Rosario, a rugged oaken voiced guitar-slinger/troubadour, deftly running the rails from from Blues, Country, Rock, Folk, R&B, and Soul with the purpose of a steam-train engineer and an anything but common 1-man groove a country mile wide. 

On Sunday, December 15, 2013 what better way to celebrate the season than an afternoon enjoying Dolce Voce, a Montrose based a capella choral group as they entertain and delight with a great assortment of holiday music from all ages.

 

This year, The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is excited to offer a special deal for our Yule Fest Guests. Come on up to Ouray on Friday, and begin your weekend with a soothing soak in our mineral hot spring tubs. After an evening enjoying the serene beauty of the San Juans, head on back to the Lodge and wind down with one or a few movies from our video library.

Saturday morning, stay in town soaking and relaxing, or take a scenic drive through some of the most spectacular scenery in the state before the festivities of the night. As the sun sets, after the parade of lights and a visit with Santa, put on your Holiday best, and enjoy an evening at the Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest. Sample pallet pleasing delights from local vendors such as Stony Mesa Winery, Pleasant View Vineyards, Four Leaves Winery, Joyce Withrow with Rosemaling, Gubbini Winery, Mountain View Winery, Trail Town Still, Mouse's Chocolates, Ouray Candy Company, Drost's Chocolates, Jumpin Good Goat Dairy, Dayspring Farm, Garrett Estate Cellars and MouCo Cheese. Peruse the variety of original gift ideas from your favorite Bordeaux, to a one of a kind piece of art displayed by local merchants!

box canyon lodge hot (2)Once the evening festivities have come to a close, your room at the Box Canyon is waiting to envelope you in a warm, cozy night sleep. Before heading home on Sunday, be sure to enjoy a cup of Exotic Earth Coffee as you take one last soothing soak in our mineral hot spring tubs!

Box Canyon Lodge guests receive 50% off of admission to the Wine Chocolate & Cheese Fest on Saturday, December 14, 2013.

Rooms are going Fast, so give us a call today!

 

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Ouray and Ridgway Events in December, 2013

  
  
  

Ouray County is Your Holiday Headquarters this December!

wintertreeAs the Holiday season gets into full swing, our thoughts are often awash in a whirlwind of wish lists and party preparations. As we struggle through crowded stores searching for that special something, it is easy to become overwhelmed, eventually resorting to the ever popular gift basket filled with the same goodies we bought last year.

This year, take some time for yourself. There is no end to the possibilities when wandering the shops on Main Street in Ouray and Ridgway. The picturesque town offers a variety of options for even the most difficult person on your list, while at the same time, shopping takes on a vacation like quality. Not only are there wonderful shops, but there are a variety of excellent restaurants and exciting activities during the winter months!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray: The Colorado River: Flowing through Conflict

mt.abrams3Join your fellows for this thought provoking talk by Jonathan Waterman, renowned author and photographer, as he delves into themany uses and dangers facing the Colorado River, one of the most dammed, diverted and heavily litigated rivers in the world. Travel the 1,450 miles of the Colorado with Mr. Waters as he guides us along his jouney as chronicled in his two books: Running Dry and the Colorado River: Running Through Conflict.

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway: Open Bard Poetry Series

Open Bard is a monthly poetry reading/performance series at the historic Sherbino Theater in Ridgway. This month's featured poet is Rosemerry Trommer from Placerville. The doors open at 6:30 for sign-ups to read and refreshments. Starting at 7:00 pm a nationally or regionally known poet from Colorado or beyond takes the stage. Following the reading and a short intermission will be an open reading during which audience members can read or perform their poetry. Open Bard is sponsored by the Ridgway Chautauqua Society and the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild.

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge in Ouray: Dinner & Karaoke

skating.8Enjoy dinner (and karaoke every 2nd Friday of the month) at the Ouray Elks Lodge. Members and guests welcome. Varying menu. $7 per person

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray: "Christmas Carol" Radio Show presented by the Ouray County Players at the Wright Opera House

This production, a radio drama, is a unique form of audio storytelling which relies on dialogue, music and sound effects to enable the audience to visualize the story. Radio drama was initially developed during the 1920's, losing some of its popularity in the United States when television became popular in the 1950's. Radio drama broadcast on the BBC continues to enjoy popularity. We hope that you enjoy this radio adaption of Dickens' classic, "The Christmas Carol".

Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 10:00 am to 1200 pm at the Ridgway Elementary School in Ridgway: Weehawken's Gingerbread House Building Fun

bambyattubsEnjoy the holiday tradition of Gingerbread House decorating with Weehawken and our partner, Voyager. Each registered family will receive a gingerbread house to decorate as they wish from a wide variety of candies, frosting and more. All supplies are provided, however please bring wrapping for the base of your box, and any additional items you may wish to decorate with. This wonderful holiday tradition returns again due to generous local sponsorship. A $10/family donation is appreciated but not required to participate. Come join the festivities! Please remember it is ONE house per FAMILY not per child.

Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray: "Christmas Carol" Radio Show presented by the Ouray County Players at the Wright Opera House

This production, a radio drama, is a unique form of audio storytelling which relies on dialogue, music and sound effects to enable the audience to visualize the story. Radio drama was initially developed during the 1920's, losing some of its popularity in the United States when television became popular in the 1950's. Radio drama broadcast on the BBC continues to enjoy popularity. We hope that you enjoy this radio adaption of Dickens' classic, "The Christmas Carol".

Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Weehawken Ouray: Wise Voices from the East

sledhillWise Voices from the East: From Han Shan to Basho and Beyond A Day of Discussion and Curiosity with Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer 
“No direction is better or worse, east is just as good as west. Those who know the meaning of this are free to go where they want.” These words, written by Han Shan in the seventh century, were part of the Chinese literary tradition that informed the work of the Japanese tanka and later haiku. In six hours, we’ll travel through over a thousand years of Eastern poets, including Han Shan, Kukai, Shikibu Izumi, Dogen Kigen, Basho, Ryokan, Issa, Chiyo-ni, and more, joining them as they explore themes of humility, grateful acceptance, non-duality, contradictoriness, love, freedom, courage and death. Fee: $95.00 per person

Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Ouray School Multipurpose room: Weehawken's Gingerbread House Building Fun in Ouray

Enjoy the holiday tradition of Gingerbread House decorating with Weehawken and our partner, Voyager. Each registered family will receive a gingerbread house to decorate as they wish from a wide variety of candies, frosting and more. All supplies are provided, however please bring wrapping for the base of your box, and any additional items you may wish to decorate with. This wonderful holiday tradition returns again due to generous local sponsorship. A $10/family donation is appreciated but not required to participate. Come join the festivities! Please remember it is ONE house per FAMILY not per child.

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Ouray Public Library: Free Grant Writing Work Session: Locating the Appropriate Funding Sources

mt.abrams6Join the Ouray Public Library and the Community Development Committee (CDC) for a special grant-writing work session: Locating the Appropriate Funding Sources. All Ouray County nonprofit organizations are invited to attend the free sessions, which will be held at the library. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to RSVP by calling the Ouray Library during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by sending an e-mail to OurayPL@gmail.com.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Ouray Public Library: Ouray Library Angel Party Open House and Fundraiser

Celebrate the holiday season and support your local library. Join the Ouray Library staff and board members for its annual open house and fundraiser. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the holiday season and support your local library. Bring family and friends to enjoy snacks, sweets, and sparkling beverages at the library. We hope you'll join us!

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm in Ouray: Yule Fest Victorian Christmas Holidays

elkA weekend full of festive activities, concerts, festivals, shopping and fun for the whole family. Search for the Ouray ornament in local shops and restaurants for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate for the Ouray business of your choice. Enjoy the holiday parade, get photos with Santa, enjoy a Christmas concert at the historic Wright Opera House. Events also include the annual Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival and much more.

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge in Ouray: Dinner & Karaoke

Enjoy dinner (and karaoke every 2nd Friday of the month) at the Ouray Elks Lodge. Members and guests welcome. Varying menu. $7 per person

Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm in Ouray: Yule Fest Victorian Christmas Holidays

A weekend full of festive activities, concerts, festivals, shopping and fun for the whole family. Search for the Ouray ornament in local shops and restaurants for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate for the Ouray business of your choice. Enjoy the holiday parade, get photos with Santa, enjoy a Christmas concert at the historic Wright Opera House. Events also include the annual Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival and much more.

Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center in Ouray: 5th Annual Wine Chocolate and Cheese Festival

skating.8Join us for an evening of treats and delightful tastings of wine, chocolate, cheese and more! And an opportunity to buy the things you try! Dress in your best impression of Winter Wonderland and enter to win the most festively dressed. Vendors will be coming as far as Fort Collins! Music provided by Alternate Rounte. This event a benefits a different local non-profit each year. Deck the halls in Ouray on Dec. 8th 7 pm- 10 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 a the door.

Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 9:00 pm to 12:00 am at O'Brien's Pub & Grill in Ouray: Tony Rosario Live

Come and enjoy an evening of dancing and revelry to the musical stylings of Tony Rosaio, highly acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, recording artist, performer, producer and teacher.

Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm in Ouray: Yule Fest Victorian Christmas Holidays

A weekend full of festive activities, concerts, festivals, shopping and fun for the whole family. Search for the Ouray ornament in local shops and restaurants for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate for the Ouray business of your choice. Enjoy the holiday parade, get photos with Santa, enjoy a Christmas concert at the historic Wright Opera House. Events also include the annual Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival and much more.

Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray: Dolce Voce - Holiday Concert

ouray ski hillDolce Voce, an 8 voice a cappella group from Montrose and Ridgway, will brighten our holiday with a delightful concert of music -- some old favorites and some new treats. The group always gives a fine concert.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Downtown Ridgway: Ridgway MoonWalk Art Outing, presented by the Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts

The Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts present a monthly gallery tour coinciding with the full moon! For October, we're calling it the Starry Night Lantern Parade. 
Come learn about all the amazing artists and creative folks that you might not know about around town!

Friday, December 20, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge in Ouray: Dinner & Karaoke

This is a special dinner night at the Ouray Elks! All of Santa's helpers will be gathering to help fill stockings for Santa. A pot luck dinner is the order for the evening of fun and helping. Members and guests welcome. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - All Evening in Ouray County: Santa Delivers

uncompaghresnowEvery year, The Ouray Elks Lodge sends Santa out to give every child a special moment with Mr. claus himself! Whether you are a local, or just visiting, Santa has something special for your little ones! If you are visiting with us at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, just let us know how many boys and girls you have on this magical night, and the Ouray Elks will be sure to visit!

Wednesday, December 25, 2015 - All Day: CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas, and hopefully you have planned on a special night in Ouray, a living Christmas card!

Please stay tuned for a listing of local restaurants serving decadent dinners on this special night.

Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray: Bob Levy & the Intervention Band

An evening at the Wright Opera House with an ensemble of first class musicians who ply their trade with both joyful abandon and sensitivity. Bob Levy & the Intervention Band are a show not to be missed!

Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 9:00 pm to 12:00 am at O'Brien's Pub & Grill in Ouray: the North Fork Flyers Live

fireworksnyeDance the night away with one of the most popular bands in Southwest Colorado!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - All Day: NEW YEARS EVE!

There is no better place to ring in the New Year, and say goodby to the old! With Fireworks at midnight, and a number of places to celebrate, Ouray brings in the New year right!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 7:00 pm til next year: Ouray County Fair Board New Year's Eve Gala at the Ouray County 4H Event Center in Ridgway

Box Canyon Winter (1)The doors open at 7pm for the Silent Auction with appetizers and a cash bar. Dinner from 8 pm to 9 pm and dancing from 9 pm till after midnight. The 2012 dinner menu featured Apricot Glazed Pork, gluten-free and vegan entrees are available upon request. New Year’s party favors such as hats, noise makers, etc., will be provided at your table and a glass of champagne at your table to celebrate. There will be two ways to celebrate … at 10pm there will be a live feed from New York for those who wish to celebrate a bit early. The traditional New Year’s Celebration will be at midnight. Each celebration does include a champagne pour/toast. There will be sparkling cider available as well. Designated drivers will be offered free non-alcoholic beverages all night.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 8:00 pm til next year at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway: The New Sherbino Theater New Year's Eve Party

Rock in the New Year at this popular Sherbino Fundraiser event! More details TBA.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 7:30 pm til next year at the Ouray Elks Lodge in Ouray: New Year's Party at the Elks

snowshoeing2Enjoy a night of good food, music and fun at theOouray Elks Lodge, a perfect location to watch the fireworks at midnight!

Stay tuned for more information on the perfect New Year's Eve Celebrations and dinner in Ouray County this year!

As you can see, Ouray is an ideal escape from the holiday rush. After a relaxing day on Main Street, or out enjoying all that the San Juans have to offer in the winter months, there is no better way to end the day than a long soothing soak in one of our all natural mineral hot spring tubs.

You can always save yourself time too - give the gift of the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs! No one will turn away a gift certificate for one of the best hotels in Southwest Colorado! We have a variety of packages available, and love to make a gift extra special! For the rest of this year, spend $200.00 on gift certificates, receive an additional $50.00 certificate. Keep it for yourself as our special gift to you, or give it to a loved one. Just remember to mention the Holiday Special when you call our front desk!

See You Soon!

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Ouray Ice Park - Best Ice Climbing in Colorado

  
  
  

The Sun Rises on Another Season at the Ouray Ice Park

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The beautiful autumn leaves are tumbling to the ground and the first snows of winter have blanketed the landscape around Ouray, Colorado. We know what that means... OURAY ICE CLIMBING SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!  If Mother Nature cooperates, the Ouray Ice season begins on December 14, 2013.  I would like to offer a hearty Colorado welcome to our winter visitors.

If you love winter and all of it’s activities, this will be the year to spend some time in Ouray.  As Manager of the Ice Park, I spend countless hours studying weather models, forecasts, and predictions for the season so we can plan our operations accordingly. Every model at my disposal suggests perfect conditions for the winter sports enthusiast. We have enjoyed a tremendously wet fall. This translates to a very healthy water supply for the ice making operations at the Ouray Park. The world renown backcountry climbs in our region have more water than I have seen in years. Park visitors can expect several new routes this year. We are opening up some terrain that has never seen routes before too.  I think they will offer excellent beginner/ intermediate climbing. Exact details will remain top secret until we begin releasing photos as the season draws near.

With significant support from the American Alpine Club & the Access Fund, Park guests venturing to the south end will enjoy new toilet facilities. These babies will be the flagships of the San Juans. One will be located in South Park above the slab routes and the other will take up residence at the top of New Funtier. The Ouray Ice Park is grateful for strong partnerships with these incredible organizations. Consider joining each today!

The Ouray Ice Park Kid’s Wall is getting a second pitch! OIPI has been working closely with the County and City to improve drainage at the base of the Kid’s Wall. Historically, our water has run onto County Road 361 (the Upper Bridge) causing serious issues for vehicular traffic. We were able to excavate most of the grassy slope at the base, adding about 20 feet of additional climbing to these routes. No more death slog for the little ones trying to get to the ice climbing. I suspect the only issue remaining for the kidos will be fending off the adults who wish to enjoy this excellent terrain.

Lastly, in an effort to gain a better understanding of Park use. OIPI has worked closely with the City of Ouray and San Juan Mountain Guides (OIP Concessionaire) to create a group use registration procedure. Our goal with the procedure is to gain a better understanding of who is using the Park and for what reasons. We absolutely DO NOT wish for this process to be limiting or cumbersome for our valued guests. We have also beefed up our Ice Farming staff. In addition to creating more high quality ice to climb these lads will be present in the Park connecting with the community. When you visit with one our crew please offer them a ride on your rope, bend their ear, share your likes and concerns regarding the Park experience. They are there for you. The Farmers will also be able to connect with most registered groups to ensure they are enjoying a positive outing.

As the sun rises on another season at the Ouray Ice Park, please remember it is FREE to use but not to operate. The Park is 100% donor supported. The local business community in Ouray is incredibly generous every year to ensure you have a great place to recreate. Please consider doing your part; patronize the local businesses that support the Park and remember to become an Individual Ice Park Member each year. I look forward to seeing every one of you in Ouray this winter. Please stop by the Ice Park hut near the Upper Bridge, I’m serving locally roasted coffee from the Exotic Earth.

Happy Trails,

Kevin Koprek

Manager, Ouray Ice Park

 

Guest Blogger:  Kevin Koprek lives and works in Ouray and serves as the Number One Ambassador for the Ouray Ice Park.  A former guide with San Juan Mountain Guides, he is a gifted climber and teacher as well as a great manager.

Photo: Courtesy of Head Ice Farmer Dan Chehayl for the Ouray Ice Park

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is the closest hotel to the Ouray Ice Park and our Natural Hot Springs (only available to our guests) warm icy cold climbers and relax tired muscles.  We offer 20% off of lodging to our guests that purchase Ice Park Memberships all winter long.  

 

Start Your Adventure on the Ice Today!

Events this February in Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado

  
  
  

Enjoy a New Adventure in Southwest Colorado this February!

mt.abrams6February. The shortest month of the year. With only 28 days in the month, the activities are filling the calendar for Ouray and Ridgway. At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, every day is Valentines Day, what with our awesome cedar tubs on the hillside, and our fantastic location, The Box Canyon is a perfect romantic escape, and this year, the month offers plenty of entertainment for couples and family alike!
From exciting performances at the Wright Opera House, to figure skating workshops at Rotary Park just outside of town, to karaoke, there is something for everyone in Ouray County this month!

Friday, February 1, 2013 - dZi Foundation presents Mountain Film on Tour

dzi logo6:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Co
The dZi Foundation, a non- profit program out of Ridgway, Co is pleased to present hand selected films from the Telluride International Film Festival at the Wright Opera House on Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2, 2013. Different films will be played each night. This is definitely a film festival to see!
Tickets are $10.00 per night

Friday, February 1, 2013 - Chris Knight plays Trail Town Still

9:30 pm to ?? At the Trail Town Still 240 Palomino Trail, Ridgway, CO
With his fun and unique music, an evening with Ridgways own Chris Knight is sure to be great fun!

Saturday, February 2, 2013 - ZIKR Masters Class

zikr.dance.25:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Weehawken Ridgway, 630 N. Cora St, Ridgway, CO
Join fellow experienced dancers in class with the ZIKR Dance Ensemble, a dance company rich in cultural dance as well as original and contemporary pieces.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 - dZi Foundation presents Mountain Film on Tour

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Co
The dZi Foundation, a non-profit program out of Ridgway, Co is pleased to present hand selected films from the Telluride International Film Festival at the Wright Opera House on Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2, 2013. Different films will be played each night. This is definitely a film festival to see!
Tickets are $10.00 per night

Sunday, February 3, 2013 - Super Bowl at the Sherbino

football4:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Co
Watch the big game in style on the giant screen at this Super Bowl Party!


Sunday, February 3, 2013 - ZIKR Dance Ensemble

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Wright Opera House Ouray, Colorado
Enjoy a spectacular show as this highly acclaimed dance ensemble perform a variety of dances ranging from historic rituals to modern original works. Celebrate the beauty of dance and music when combined to capture the true nature of the art of dance.
Adults: $15.00, Students $5.00

Sunday, February 3, 2013 - ZIKR Dance Ensemble

zikr.dance7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House Ouray, Colorado
Enjoy a spectacular show as this highly acclaimed dance ensemble perform a variety of dances ranging from historic rituals to modern original works. Celebrate the beauty of dance and music when combined to capture the true nature of the art of dance.
Adults: $15.00, Students $5.00

Monday February 4, 2013 - Ouray Library Book Event: Blazing Ice with Author John H. Wright

5:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the San Juan Room at the Ouray Community Center, Ouray, Co
The Ouray City Council and the Ouray Public Library are pleased to sponsor this evening with author John H. Wright as he discusses his book “Blazing Ice: Pioneering the Twenty-First Century’s Road to the South Pole”.

Friday, February 8, 2013 - Movies at the Wright Opera House

7:30 pm to end at the Wright Opera House, Ouray, CO
Enjoy a new film in this beautiful historic theatre.

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - Jayme Stone “Room of Wonders”

jaymestonewithmamasissoko7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, CO
Join two-time Juno Award winning performer Jayme Stone for a night of his latest music from around the world!
Tickets are $15.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Students, or take advantage of our Wright Opera House Special!

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - Mardi Gras at the Sherb with Joint Point

8:00 pm to 12:00 am at the Sherbino Theater, Ridgway, Colorado
Head down to the Sherbino and dance the night away with this amazing jam band based out of Telluride!
Cover Charge is $5.00 per person.

Friday, February 15, 2013 - Movies at the Wright Opera House

7:30 pm to end at the Wright Opera House, Ouray, CO
Enjoy a new film in this beautiful historic theatre.

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - Mountain Air Music Series Fundraiser

mountainair.logo7:00 pm to 11:00 pm at O’Brien’s Pub & Grill in Ouray, Co
Support the Mountain Air Music Series at this benefit hosted by the Ouray Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - Ouray Elks Chili Cookoff

4:00 pm at the Ouray Elks Lodge, Ouray, Co
Enter for free to win the coveted prize of Best Chili, or just come and sample the many taste bud pleasing creations. Dinner and judging by the public is at 5:00 pm, with a silent auction and cash raffle later in the evening.
Entry is free, Dinner/Judging is Adults $10.00, Children 5-10 $5.00, or $25.00 for a family of four.

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - ROCC Spaghetti feed Dinner

* spaghetti6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center in Ouray, Co
Join guest speaker: NPR commentator Craig Childs for a talk focusing on Natural Science, Archaeology and journeys into the wilderness as you enjoy a fantastic spaghetti dinner.

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - Live Music at O’Brien’s Pub

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm at O’Brien’s Pub & Grill in Ouray, Co
An evening of toe tapping fun listening to the talented Rob Webster play the night away.

So come to Ouray County and enjoy the soothing mineral hot springs after a day of fun! Whether you are planning a romantic getaway, a winter sports extravaganza or a peaceful escape, let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help you plan your ideal Colorado Vacation this February!

 

2012-2013 Ouray Ice Climbing Season is About to Begin!

  
  
  

The Ouray Ice Park Prepares for the Best Year of Ice Climbing to Date!

ice fest1December 15, 2012 is the projected opening day for the Ice Park this year, and, as always, we wait with baited breath as the ice farmers groom the canyon walls for a season of climbing in the spectacular Uncompahgre Gorge in Ouray, Colorado, home to one of the largest man-made ice parks in the world. Mother Nature at times plays with us a little, giving us these gorgeous 60*F days in early December, and creating concerns that perhaps there will not be enough ice to open on time, but the weatherman has promised a change in temperature, and snow by Christmas, so those of us at the Box Canyon Lodge at least anticipate a great season for climbers.

MtAbramsNestled at the base of the Uncompahgres in Southwest Colorado, Ouray County boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. With the first glimpse of the town as guests descend from the breath taking drive over the Million Dollar Highway from Durango, the nick-name Switzerland of America no longer sounds as arrogant. Snow covered peaks, and steaming mineral hot springs without even a hint of sulfur add to the appeal of this tiny mining town, filled with Victorian architecture standing proud and untouched since the birth of Ouray.

iceclimber4As if the opportunities for a variety of winter sports in the area were not enough, 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. This year, a 25 foot overhanging steel tower has been erected on top of the Dizzy prow. Not only will this add to the elite mixed climbing comp route at Ice Fest, and the Hari Berger Speed Climbing Comp this year, spectators will have an unparalleled view of each complex move.

ice fest line2Learn 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 2013 Ouray Ice Festival will be held January 10 through January13, 2013, and will be featuring dramatic changes. Not only is the new steel tower an exciting addition for climbers and spectators alike, this year there will be over $16,000.00 in prize money to be awarded to the best of the best! For more information on this world renowned competition see the Official Ouray Ice Park Festival site.

Regardless of whether you are a seasoned climber, drained from a morning of exhilarating climbs, or a fan of the sport, heading back from watching these amazing athletes traverse frozen waterfalls,  return to the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs to take a soak in the mineral hot springs hot tubs terraced on the mountainside. The canyon holds a beauty and majesty in crisp ice reflecting every color of the rainbow, yet she can chill you to the bone, and nothing takes the bite of cold away like our tubs! With temperatures ranging from 103* F to 108* F, a 15 minute soak will soothe away the winter chill and rejuvenate you for an evening of relaxation in this beautiful little mountain town.

 

If you are interested in ice climbing instruction or guiding for this activity, contact the San Juan Mountain Guides (970-325-4925).

Hot Deal: 

box canyon hot springsWinter 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.

ouray ice park 2011Membership entitles you to 20% off of our regular rate here at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs all winter long as well as discounts at many shops and restaurants in support of the Ice Park. We sell the memberships as well as an assortment of Ice Park memorabilia, from stickers to French presses at the lodge and all proceeds go directly to supporting the programs and the offerings of this great place.

Be sure to check out the park, and make your reservations for the 2013 Ice Festival soon!

See You Soon!



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