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MediaKitty: Grand County Winter Sports Carnival Ends February 11, 2012
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Turism&Travel Granby, Colo.

–The Grand Winter Sports Carnival, the largest and longest winter carnival in the Rockies, ends Feb.11 with a bang. The festival marks the 100thanniversary of the first winter carnival west of the Mississippi. The six-weekcelebration, which started Dec. 30 and ends Feb. 11, highlights historic andmodern winter sports. Presented by the Grand County Historical Association, thefestival celebrates the prominent role of Grand County in the heritage ofColorado skiing. The final Winter Carnivalevents will take place throughout Grand County, centering in Hot SulphurSprings and Sol Vista Basin on Feb. 11th. Saturday, Feb.11  Mailbag Trek -Coulter to Hot Sulphur Springs over Cottonwood Pass (9 a.m. –1 p.m.):The Grand Nordic Club and Headwaters Trails Alliance will be the host for this eight-mile trek available for all ages and abilities. Men must carry a 15 pound pack and women a 10 pound pack. Prizes will be given for best costumes. Individuals finishing before 1 p.m.can participant in the Horrace Button parade.  Snowshoe in the Kawuneeche - Rocky Mountain National Park (9 a.m. and 1 p.m.): Reservations required at 970-627-3471 or visit www.nps.gov for more information.  Pioneer Village Museum - Hot Sulphur Springs (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.): Free admission to the museum including the special winter carnival exhibit.    Historic Sites Tour at Pioneer Village Museum – Hot Sulphur Springs (11 a.m.): a local historian will provide information and a map of actual locations of the original winter carnival events as well as other historic sites.  Hot Sulphur Springs - Parshall Fire Protection District Lunch (12 p.m.): Hot lunch and tasty treat will be available for the trekkers and anyone else. Donation requested.     Button (as in Horace) Parade (1:30 p.m.): A celebration of Ski Hall of Fame inductee Horace Button.  Grand County Town Challenge Snowshoe Softball Tournament (2 p.m.) Softball fields, Hot Sulphur Springs.   3-Legged Ski Race (2 p.m.) Softball fields, Hot Sulphur Springs.  Hot Sulphur Springs Snow Sculpture Contest Judging.      Grand Snow Ball - Sol Vista Base Camp Lodge at Granby Ranch (6 p.m.-9 p.m.): Finish the six-week event in style with dinner, dancing and live entertainment.  For reservations or information call Kristi at 970-726-5488.  Night Skiing/Tubing at SolVista Basin - Granby Ranch (5 p.m.-8 p.m.)  For details on all events,see www.grandwintercarnival.com.  Winter CarnivalHistoryIn the Grand County of 1911,skiing was a necessary mode of transportation rather than a sport or leisureactivity. Mail carriers, loggers and others used “Norwegian snowshoes” to dotheir jobs in long, snowy winters. Gradually, citizens began adapting snowshoesand skis to race down the slopes for fun. In part due to the example ofNorwegian Carl Howelsen, Grand County became one of the first areas in Coloradoto adopt sport skiing. In December1911 Hot Sulphur Springs – the oldest town in Grand County – hosted Colorado's first wintercarnival, which historians consider the birth of the ski industry in theAmerican west. The original carnival featured ice skating, togogganing,cross-county skiing and the newly invested sport of ski jumping – complete witha ski jump exhibition by Howelson. The enthusiasm for the event spurredorganizers to host the first Annual Hot Sulphur Springs Winter Carnival sixweeks later, in February 1912.        Grand County, Colo. (www.grand-county.com)Located 67 miles west ofDenver, Grand County is home to wide-open spaces, breathtaking mountain sceneryand authentic old-west towns. Outdoor recreational activities include golf,boating, fishing, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting and horseback riding. The area features more than600 miles of mapped and marked trails, one national park, two national forests,two wilderness areas, two national scenic byways, two major ski resorts, fiveworld-class dude ranches and four mountain golf courses. Grand County'sextensive water network includes Colorado's largest natural lake, 1,000 milesof streams, 1,000 acres of high-mountain lakes and 11,000 acres of reservoirs. Contact: Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, gaylene@orecommunications.com,970-887-2536   
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Marți, 17 Ianuarie 2012 - 04:17 AM
 

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