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Happenings
Pg 13 - The Sunshine Express
2012 March
Fairs, Fests, Fun (continued)
- Terrain Park Boot Camp, March 24-25, 2012, The Terrain
Park Boot Camp is an entry level terrain park that will be
set up at Snowmass. Coaches will teach beginners how
to safely slide a rail, hit a box and throw a trick.
- Helly Hansen Battle in the Bowls, Sunday, March 25,
2012, Aspen Highlands Mountain l Course Designed by
Chris Davenport, hosted by Aspen/Snowmass Athlete
Chris Davenport, this event features teams of two using
Flaik GPS devices to track how skilled each duo is at ski-
ing the many bowls of Aspen Highlands.
- Elk Mountains Grand Traverse, March 30, Based on the
tradition of mail routes which connected the Colorado
mining towns of Crested Butte and Aspen in the 1880s,
the 40-mile course starts at 9,000 feet in Crested Butte,
takes skiers through Mt. Crested Butte Ski Resort, over
two mountain passes and finishes in the City of Aspen.
Crested Butte/Gunnison:
- Cattle in the Pasture Series Ice Fishing Contest, March
Rec Center, Delta, Saturday, Mar 17, 10a-5p.
the annual Snow Show photo exhibit.
3, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Contestants limited to a pre-
- Crane Days in Eckert, Sat, Mar 17, 8:30a to Sun, March
- Mar 17- Spring Into Mancos, Family fun winter recov-
marked area and allowed to measure one fish per hour
18, 1p. Fruitgrower's Reservoir, Eckert. Friday: 3:00 Lift-
ery celebration includes bed races, putt-putt golf, music
with a limit of four trout all day.
off Reception at the Wild Fire Grille at the Cedaredge
and gallery walk.
- 7 Hours of the Banana, Sunday, March 4.
Golf Course. 4:00 Guest Speaker Evelyn Horn. 5:00 Wrap
Durango/Hesperus/Pagosa Springs:
- Moonlight Snowshoe Tours - Crested Butte Mountain
Up. Saturday: 8:30 Hospitality Tables, Books, Hot Cocoa
- Snowshoeing by Moonlight, 5:30p to 8p. Meet at the
Resort Mar 8.
etc at Crane Point. 9-10 Potential Lift-off, Cranes Choice.
overflow parking lot at the Durango Recreation Center
- 21st Annual Extreme Freeskiing Championships,
11:30 Presentation by Ken Stron (Colorado Audubon).
for a car pool to the Nordic Center across from DMR.
Wednesday, March 8-11, The Subaru Freeskiing World
Sunday: 8:30 Hospitality Tables, Books, Hot Cocoa etc.
Bring snacks. Rentals available for all levels. 970.903.2484
Tour is the largest and longest running competitive big
at Crane Point. 9-10 Potential Lift-off, Cranes Choice. For
or joe.chapin@hilton.com
mountain freeskiing tour in the history of the sport with
more information contact Kelli at 970.874.9532
- March 10, 13, 17, Evening Snowshoe Tours at Durango
an unprecedented six stops. Founded in 1998, the FWT,
- Paonia Film Festival, Mar 23-24, Paonia. The 2012
Mountain Resort. Explore the mountain like never
created and produced by Mountain Sports International,
Paonia Film Festival hits TWO VENUES starting March
before
Inc., is heading into its 15th year. In addition to up to
23. The festival will culminate on the evening of the 24th.
during the Evening Snowshoe Tours, which include
$110,000 in winnings, the world tour champions are
The Gala will begin about 6pm, followed by an Awards
snowshoe rentals, guides, chairlift ride to the top of the
awarded the McConkey Cup, honoring legendary skier
Ceremony. At the end of the evening, the prize-winning
mountain and a wine and cheese party at the Powder-
Shane McConkey, founder of the IFSA.
films will be screened. Once again we'll show films at
house restaurant. Meet at 3:30p at the Guest Service desk
- Big Air on Elk Saturday, March 10.
the Paradise Theater. But in 2012 we'll also screen films
inside the ticket office. Reservations are required with 24
- FestEVOL Winter Concert Saturday, March 17-18.
at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts, just across the street
hours notice. Call Guest Services at 970.385.2147 to book
- 16th Annual U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Telemark Cham-
from the Paradise. All films will be screened twice, once
your Snowshoe adventure.
pionships Thursday, March 22-24, Over 100 free-heelers
at each venue. Mar 23-24, Tickets will be available at the
- March 10, 14, Kids Night Out, 5:30p-9p, Durango
take to the slopes to compete in this Telemark freeskiing
door for film screenings. Advance tickets for All Access
Mountain Resort, commonly referred to as "DMR." For
event complete with welcome reception and awards
Passes and Gala tickets will be available online. www.
kids aged 2 months through 10 years. Fun and quali-
party. The two-day big mountain event attracts the big-
paoniafilmfestival.com
fied and licensed staff watch the kids while you have
gest names in the telemark industry and is unique to
- 2012 Home Show Garden & Recreation, Fri & Sat,
some fun on/around Durango Mountain Resort! Prices:
Crested Butte.
March 30-31, Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 530 Gun-
$30 per child for the night, Dinner included (Pizza) for
- Al Johnson Memorial Uphill/Downhill Telemark Ski
nision River Drive, Delta. Admission is $2 per person,
children able to eat table food. Arts and crafts, Movies,
Race Sunday, March 25,This is a non-profit event with all
70+ Vendors with the latest ideas in home improvement,
Games and snacks. 24 hours in advance reservations are
proceeds going to local charities. All prizes are dona-
gardening & recreation. VFW Breakfast Friday & Satur-
preferred, but walk-ins available if space allows. Call
tions from local and national sponsors.The Al Johnson
day Morning $5 per person. Register for Great Prizes. An
970.385.2144 for more information.
Telemark Race was first held in 1974. In recent years,
event of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, 301 Main
- St. Patrick's Day Parade, Pagosa Springs, Green is the
local retailers have joined efforts to keep this historic race
St, Delta, 970.874.8616 www.deltacolorado.org
color for the 2012 St. Patrick's Day Parade! Saturday,
alive. The event grows in participant and spectator sup-
Dolores/Dove Creek/Cortez/Mancos:
March 17, at 4:30p. The Parade Route: 6th St. at Hwy
port every year. Last year, the race had record participa-
- 30th Anniversary Four States Ag Expo, Mar 15-18, Mon-
160, running through to 2nd St. at Hwy 160. Join the fun,
tion with well over 200 racers ranging in age from 10 to
tezuma County Fairgrounds, Cortez. Thursday, Friday &
as everyone becomes Irish for a day! Don't forget: Green
62 braving the steep and rugged ski terrain.
Saturday from 9a-5p; Sunday from 9a-3p. In agriculture,
clothing of some type is required. Getting your friends
- Junior Freeskiing Tour, March 29 to April 1, Crested
growing is what we do best. We're planning a grand
to join in is encouraged. Having a boat-load of fun is
Butte Mountain Resort The Junior Freeskiing Tour(JFT)
2012 show to honor our history and open the gate to our
unavoidable! Entries are now being taken at the Cham-
is a platform to develop young professional big moun-
future. Admission $5 at the gate or $15 for 4 day pass,
ber. Entry fee: $5 per entry in advance or $10 on the day
tain athletes by providing opportunities for them to
Kids 16 and under no charge, Free parking. Four States
of event. Call for more info 970.264.2360
compete and show the direction big mountain skiing
Ag Expo, 970.529.3486 info@FourStatesAgExpo.com PO
- Soup For The Soul, March 22, Fairgrounds Durango,
is heading. The JFT is supported by the International
Box 3758, Durango, CO 81302
Annual event to raise funds for Hospice of Mercy.
Freeskiers Association (IFSA) and its judging platform.
- Mar 16- Mancos Valley Snow Show, Opening night of
- Harley Davidson Parts Expo, March 24-25, Fairgrounds
Athletes are judged on five categories; line score, control,
Durango. Motorcycle parts and bike swap.
fluidity, technique, and style/energy.
- Hozhoni Days Powwow, March 30-31, Fort Lewis Col-
SunshineX Top Pick
- 15th Annual Elk Mountain Grand Traverse Mar 30-31.
lege. One of the oldest and biggest celebrations at FLC to
Delta/Cedaredge/Hotchkiss/Paonia:
honor the Native American heritage of the region brings
Brian Regan, March 29, 7:30p, Tickets $42.50 and up.
- The Delta Chess Fall Amateur Tournament, 1 section. 6
thousands of singers, dancers and spectators. The pow-
Brian Regan is one of the premier comedians in the
rounds, G/30. $10.00. Boards and clocks provided. Prizes
wow culminates the annual month-long celebration.
country. lon Theater, 645 Main Street, Grand Junction,
include Walmart gift cards and trophies. Bill Heddles
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Call 970.263.5700