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Celebrating Winter in the San Juan Mountains

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The holidays are over and as we say goodbye to 2021 and step into 2022, we have some pretty exciting events happening in Ouray County this month.

San Juan Skijoring
January 8th and 9th, 2022

Skijoring is one the fastest-growing winter sports.
His nose and mouth emit steamy vapors. Their muscles twitch in excitement as they wait for the start of race.
They’re ready to go with a kick in the ribs! As man, horse, and skier race through the course, the cowboy hat is released.
They tackle obstacles and turn at lightning speed.
A unique event that most people have never heard of or seen before!

Skijoring: What the Heck is it?
The Norwegian word for the term comes from
word kjoring, which means to “drive”. Combining that with “ski”, skijoring roughly means “ski driving”.
A sport in which a snowboarder or skier is pulled by someone riding a horse through an obstacle track filled with jumps and bumps
There are many twists and turns. Talk about adrenaline! It’s chaos in its purest form, but it’s just as thrilling to see live.

For the 6th Annual San Juan Skijoring Event, which will take place in Ridgway, at the Ouray County Fairgrounds on January 8-9 2022
this year, the Novice class will begin at 10am. The flag ceremony will be held at 12:30pm. The flag ceremony will be followed by the Junior, Snowboard, Snowboard, and Sport(amateur) divisions. The Open(pro), however is scheduled for 3:30pm.
During the event, food vendors, cash bar and beer garden will be available. If you need to warm up, the 4H-Center will provide a place for you to do so. The Jumbotrons will also be available to capture all the replays and best crashes.

For more information visit https://www.ouraycountyrodeo.com/skijoring

2022 Ouray Ice Festival and Competition
January 20th – 23rd, 2022

Ouray’s annual Ouray Ice Festival lasts three days and is held every January. It transforms Ouray into a thriving ice climbing destination.
Pro and novice ice climbers travel from all over the globe to celebrate the sport of ice climbing. During the day
Festival attendees will have the chance to try the latest apparel and ice tools from some of the top retailers in the outdoor industry.
There are hundreds of people lining up at the Gorge to see the best of mixed climbing and ice talent in the world.
In both Elite Mixed and Speed Climbing competitions, you will be competing for the prize. Plus, there are over 100 interactive and educational climbing classes.
Festival participants will have an unforgettable experience that caters to all skill levels. Many venues are open at night.
Doors to host multimedia presentations from top climbers, with music, dance parties and auctions bursting with amazing deals on the newest outdoor gear

The best part is, every dollar raised during the Ouray Ice Festival directly funds the operation costs of the Ouray Ice Park, so that we can build another world-class ice climbing facility every year.

Find out more at https://ourayicepark.com/

Telluride Ski Resort

Telluride, Colorado has some of the most exciting skiing and snowboarding in America, regardless of your level.

The town of Telluride, once known as “To-Hell You-Ride” due to its mining town days was made a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service in 1964.

Telluride Ski Resort offers stunning views of the San Juan Mountains. It also has more than 2,000 acres worth of terrain that can be accessed by lifts.
Telluride’s 4,425 foot vertical can be accessed via 19 lifts or 148 runs. The elevation is lift-served at 12,515 feet, and the maximum elevation it can be reached by a lift.
The mountain is located at 13,150 feet elevation and has no difficulty holding on to its snow. It receives more than 280 inches of snowfall per year. Telluride’s
Terrain is suitable for beginners to intermediate skiers, and there are four areas that can be hiked to for more advanced or expert skiers. There are four hiking trails that lead to the ski area.
Multiple terrain parks are available for all levels of skill, as well as Nordic skiing over 10 km.

Children as young as 2 years old can have fun and ski safely in Telluride.
The Telluride Ski School is a place where children can take very special lessons. It’s located at the Telluride Ski Resort.
To offer your child age- or skill-specific learning experiences, groups are organized by age. All ages are eligible for lunch
for more information, please call 970-728 7545.

You can find the most recent ski conditions at Chipeta.com.

 

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