There are terrific things to do during the winter months in Ouray Colorado including that all time favorite: soaking in natural hot springs while being snowed upon. If you are feeling the need to getaway for a quick winter respite, let our picturesque village revitalize you; Ouray Colorado cures most cases of cabin fever! Remember, Lee's Ski Hill is open on the weekends and provides a free rope tow to all who show up. It is a great place to teach kids to ski or snowboard without incurring too much expense. Other events during February 2011 in Ouray County are below.
February 5, 12, 19, and 26: Free Fly Tying seminar Saturdays from 10:00am - 12:00pm at RIGS in Ridgway: In addition to Free Fly Tying Seminars, the Fly Section at the Shop has also expanded its new tying materials section to be the most comprehensive in the region. Every thing from new hook styles to the latest and greatest in dubbing, beads, tools and tackle.
February 6, 2011, 2:30pm: Banjo Concert - Jayme Stone Concert: Room of Wonders Two-time Juno Award-winning banjoist Jayme Stone's brand new album, Room of Wonders, is inspired by folk dances from around the world: Norway, Sweden, Brazil, Bulgaria, Italy and North America. He'll be touring Colorado with gravity-defying guitarist Grant Gordy and Sandra Wong (nyckelharpa, fiddle). Sponsored by Ouray County Performing Arts Guild. This concert will be held at the Wright Opera House.
February 11, 2011: 1:00pm - 7:00pm Winter Arts and Craft Fest. Free admission and Artists' Demonstrations. All pieces are for sale and the entries include any art or craft, such as fine art, jewelry, needlework, and another other art form. Admission is Free. Sponsored by the Ouray County Arts Association. Info at (970) 626-3212.
February 12, 2011: 10:00am - 7:00pm Winter Arts and Craft Fest. Free admission and Artists' Demonstrations. All pieces are for sale and the entries include any art or craft, such as fine art, jewelry, needlework, and another other art form. Admission is Free. Sponsored by the Ouray County Arts Association. Info at (970) 626-3212.
February 12: Kids Climbing College: 12pm at the Kids Wall. There will be four ropes set up with four San Juan Mountain Guides on staff to instruct the kids on safety and on how to climb ice. Two ropes will be dedicated to pre-registrants while the other two ropes will be dedicated to "walk'up" customers. All necessary climbing equipment will be provided along with hot chocolate, but please have your future ice climbing stars dressed warmly!
February 13, 2011: 12:00pm - 3:00pm Winter Arts and Craft Fest. Free admission and Artists' Demonstrations. All pieces are for sale and the entries include any art or craft, such as fine art, jewelry, needlework, and another other art form. Admission is Free. Sponsored by the Ouray County Arts Association. Info at (970) 626-3212.
February 12, 13, and 14, 2011: Valentines Day Special Dinner. The Outlaw Restaurant is offering a special couples dinner in honor of lovers everywhere. The special includes 1lb of King Crab Legs and two 6oz Filets -- served with choice of soup or salad, French baguette, rice or potato, and our vegetable medley. Each special comes with one dessert to share (choices are: Crème Brule, Death by Chocolate, or Outlaw Mud Pie) for $95/couple + tax and gratuity. They are also offering Wine Specials on those evenings as well:
Lust Zinfandel, Micheal David, Lodi ($60/bottle)
Clos Du Bois, Chardonnay, Sonoma ($30/bottle).
February 14, 2011: The Beaumont Hotel will be serving a romantic Valentine's Day Dinner in the Historic Grand Ballroom. The three-course meal will include soup or salad, Ribeye or Petite Lobster and a delicious dessert. Reservations only. $69 per couple.
February 26, 2011: Snowshoe through San Juan Mountain Mining District: Enjoy a glorious day of snowshoeing or skiing near Red Mountain Pass and learn about Ouray County's epic mining heritage with the Ouray County Historical Society and Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership. A snowshoe tour on Saturday, February 26 will explain the silent mining structures that recall the mining boom that gave life to the towns of Silverton and Ouray. Not only are these buildings at risk of disrepair, but some also lay at sites where leftover or exposed metals harm the health of the land and water of the Uncompahgre Watershed. Participate in this day's event to hear how OCHS and UWP work to protect and restore this valuable area of Ouray County.
The tour will be from 10am to 2pm, and will include a catered lunch plus a hot toddy/tea and coffee. This is a fundraiser for the OCHS and UWP, so please donate at least $25 per person (make checks payable to OCHS). Due to limited space, reservations are required. The group will meet at the Ouray Visitor Center at 10am and carpool to CR 31. Please RSVP by February 20 to Rachel at UWPVista@gmail.com. For questions, call Don at 325-0931.
Mines to be visited include Guston, Robinson, Genesse-Vanderbilt, Yankee Girl, and discussion of teh Mountain King, Barstow and Idarado.
February 27, 2011: Chili Cookoff at the Elks Lodge. Details to follow or call the hotel if you are interested.