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Nature & Wildlife
2014 October
Pg 10 - The Sunshine Express
Miramonte Trout Action
Miramonte Reservoir Trout Fishing Heating Up
As the weather cools, the fishing at Miramonte
Reservoir in western Colorado is starting to
heat up.
Miramonte Reservoir, was reclaimed as a trout
fishery by Colorado Parks and Wildlife last year
after the illegal introduction of smallmouth
bass. Thanks to its clean, cold water that pro-
duces abundant aquatic food sources, Mira-
monte is renowned for producing large trout.
The reservoir is located in San Miguel County,
south of Norwood.
After the reclamation project was completed
last fall, Parks and Wildlife restocked the reser-
voir with 25,000 catchable-size rainbow trout
and 81,000 fingerling rainbow and brown trout.
Another 89,000 subcatchable trout, three to
five inches, were stocked early in the summer.
¡°This is the way to jump start a trout fishery,¡±
said John Alves, senior aquatic biologist for
Colorado Parks and Wildlife. ¡°We want anglers
to know that Miramonte is again a destination
for catching trout.¡±
The productive water of Miramonte Reservoir
helps fish to grow quickly. By next spring the
fingerlings and subcatchables will likely be 12
inches and larger. Besides aquatic insects and
plankton, trout also feed on crayfish that are
prolific in the reservoir.
¡°The meat of many of the trout in Miramonte is
pink and very flavorful,¡± said Renzo DelPiccolo,
area wildlife manager in Montrose. ¡°Miramonte
is managed as a recreational fishery and we
encourage people to harvest and enjoy eating
these fish.¡±
The 400-acre reservoir sits in a very scenic
location below famed Lone Cone, a picturesque
12,000-foot mountain peak. While there¡¯s
plenty of water in the reservoir for fishing, the
boat ramp is not usable this year. There are
also 15 camp sites around the reservoir.
Stamp Art Contest
Artists Sought To Portray Wood
Duck For Waterfowl Competition
Colorado Parks and Wildlife and
the Colorado Wildlife Heritage
Foundation requests original
artwork entries for the 2015
Colorado Waterfowl Stamp Art
Contest. This year¡¯s species
of focus is the wood duck, Aix
sponsa. The deadline for artist
submissions is 4p, Friday,
October 24.
¡°It is amazing every year to see what the
artists come up with,¡± said Tilman Bishop, a
volunteer member of the Waterfowl Stamp Art
Committee, which judges the entries. ¡°The new
artists who are starting out in this specialized
category of art always catch my attention.¡±
The Colorado Waterfowl Stamp program was
implemented in 1990 and provides funding
to conserve wetlands for waterfowl and other
wetland-dependent wildlife.
Waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and older
are required by state law to purchase a water-
fowl stamp annually before hunting. In addition
to hunters, many collectors aid in wetland con-
servation by purchasing collector stamps and
prints that are created from the winning entry.
¡°We are all beneficiaries of the Waterfowl
Stamp,¡± Bishop added. ¡°Whether you are a
hunter, a bird watcher or just a citizen that
likes seeing wildlife, every one of us gets the
benefit of this terrific program.¡±
The wood duck is a colorful perching duck
found during the breeding and migration sea-
sons throughout Colorado in suitable riparian
and wetland habitats. While sporting bright
colors, especially the males, the wood duck
blends easily into its background and it takes
a seasoned hunter or bird watcher to spot this
bird.
Artists must submit a 13-inch high by-18 inch
wide, full color original artwork for the contest.
There is a $50 fee for each entry. Complete
requirements are explained in the application
packet, which is available at: cpw.state.co.us/
thingstodo/Pages/WaterfowlStamp.aspx
and: www.cowildlifefoundation.
org/#!programs/c10d6
Hunters can purchase the required waterfowl
stamp where hunting licenses are sold. Past
stamp winners can be viewed on-line at: www.
cowildlifefoundation.org/#!shop/c1yzj
For more news about Colorado Parks and Wild-
life go to: cpw.state.co.us
In the wake of a memorable 2013-14 Colorado ski
season that set a record for statewide skier vis-
its, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member
resorts are aiming to maintain that positive mo-
mentum by investing in guest-facing amenities and
operations improvements that will further enhance
every facet of the skier and snowboarder experi-
ence, on and off the slopes.
From major investments in hotels, on mountain
dining and learning centers for young skiers and
snowboarders, to new chairlifts, groomers, and
snowmaking systems; CSCUSA resorts continue to
hold guest satisfaction in the highest regard and
make concrete improvements that will maintain
and enhance the premier skiing and snowboarding
experience at Colorado resorts.
Below is a list of some of the many upgrades at
western slope CSCUSA resorts that guests will en-
joy during the 2014-15 ski season:
Learning, Lessons & Little Ones
Aspen/Snowmass is excited to reveal The Hideout,
a new multi-million dollar children¡¯s center at the
base of Buttermilk. The Hideout will give children
and families a world-class facility with improved
access for drop off, direct access to the mountain
and an adventurous and interactive design. www.
aspensnowmass.com
The new Burton Riglet Park at Purgatory at Duran-
go Mountain Resort will anchor the development of
a multi-faceted ski and ride terrain-based learning
facility in the base area. The Burton Riglet Park
allows the youngest of riders, ages 3-6 years, to
experience sliding on snow and get a jump start on
learning while having fun on the slopes. durango-
mountainresort.com
Guest Service & Experience
The Limelight Hotel at Aspen/Snowmass is lighten-
ing up the room d¨¦cor to deliver even more com-
fort and ease to guests. All 126 guest rooms will be
outfitted with new carpets, drapery, and furniture.
In addition, Aspen/Snowmass¡¯s Little Nell Hotel has
renovated all six of its Executive Suites with the vi-
sion of the renowned interior designer Holly Hunt.
Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort¡¯s equipment
rental operation is getting a facelift to give guests
a seamless rental experience from start to finish,
complete with a new boot fitting station, snow-
board demos and an upgraded rental fleet. duran-
gomountainresort.com
Silverton Mountain has purchased a new helicopter
ski cargo basket. A special ski cargo basket was
made for Silverton Mountain to accommodate the
deep snow landings. The old basket would get bur-
ied in legendary Silverton powder snow upon land-
ing, forcing the guides to shovel snow just to get
access to their skis. www.silvertonmountain.com
Sunlight Mountain is investing in more modern and
energy efficient windows. Also, newly remodeled
restrooms in the base lodge, a project that will
greatly enhance the guest experience and conve-
nience. www.sunlightmtn.com
Steamboat will add two additional nights for skiers
and riders to enjoy the slopes under the lights.
Night Operations will now be available Thu-Mon
evenings from 5:30-8:30p and from 6-9p dur-
ing spring. In addition, a new Patrol/Maintenance
Station at the top of Christie Peak Express will be
constructed, creating a home base for nighttime
patrollers and their equipment.
Also at Steamboat, all ticket office services will
move into the One Steamboat Place location to
better serve guests, including all options for lift
tickets, frequency passes and season passes as
well as all SnowSports School tickets. A new Snow-
Sports Privates Lounge, in the former main ticket
office space in the Gondola Building, will provide
convenient sales and a comfortable meeting area
for guests and instructors participating in private
lessons. www.steamboat.com
At Crested Butte, the resort plans to install a Magic
Carpet lift just for the tubing hill, bringing back
the excitement of tubing to the base area¡¯s Adven-
ture Park. The installation of the new lift will pro-
vide kids and the ¡°kid at heart¡± easy, safe access to
the hill.
Terrain & Snow Conditions
New at Aspen/Snowmass beginning Dec. 19, 2014,
Snowmass will feature four lanes of lift-served
snow tubing perfect for an afternoon of sliding
down snow with the family. Built for ages 4-14, the
new tubing facilities at Elk Camp will provide non-
stop laughter and fun. www.aspensnowmass.com
Last summer, Crested Butte thinned 10 acres of
Visitors to the reservoir are also
asked to report any unusual
activity around the water to in
Colorado. The illegal introduc-
tion of bass a few years ago se-
verely impacted the trout fish-
ery and cost Colorado Parks and
Wildlife more than $100,000 to
remedy.
¡°Miramonte is ideally suited for
trout and it¡¯s one of the great
still-water trout fisheries in the
state. We need to keep it that
way,¡± Alves said.
Anglers who see any suspi-
cious activity at the reservoir,
or know of any illegal stock-
ing activity anywhere in Colo-
rado, should call CPW¡¯s Mon-
trose office at 970.252.6000,
or Operation Game Thief at
1.877.265.6648.
For more news about Colorado
Parks and Wildlife go to: cpw.
state.co.us
Major Improvements For Skiers