January 2017 Edition

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Happy New Year everyone! Ski season in Fourteener Country is off to a great start. Monarch Mountain and Ski Cooper have been getting a a good amount of snow, and both are family friendly, affordable, and fun for every ability level.
There is a lot more to do in Fourteener Country than just ski and snowboard. Soaking in the hot springs, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, xc skiing, and shopping are just some of the things to do here. Come enjoy mountain town life in the winter.
Here are a few of the things happening this January.
National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum
The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission is to “tell the story about mining, its people, and its importance to the American public.”
Known as the "Smithsonian of the Rockies" and the "Premier Showcase of American Mining," the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum houses 25,000 square feet of interactive and informative exhibits showcasing an amazing collection of mining's colorful history. The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is a monument to the memory of the men and women who pioneered the discovery, development and processing of our nation's natural resources.
Downhill Ski or Snowboard
Anyone looking to ski or snowboard will find two of the most authentic Colorado ski resorts right here in Fourteener Country. To the north we have Ski Cooper and to the south Monarch Mountain. Ski Cooper is the most family friendly and affordable ski area anywhere, and it’s unique history is on full display. Monarch Mountain is a little bigger and steeper, but just as laid back. Also super family friendly, Monarch Mountain has over 800 skiable acres of terrain to explore. Both Ski Cooper and Monarch Mountain rely 100% on natural snow – that’s right none of that fake snow here. 
Ski Cooper is located in Leadville and is known as the place to be, if you're looking for authentic Colorado skiing. 
Monarch Mountain is located in Salida,  and has 800 skiiable acres for the you to enjoy.
Snowmobiling is a super popular winter activity in Fourteener Country. The area offers some of the best and most consistent snow and there are plenty of trails to explore. Cottonwood Pass is a very popular destination for snowmobilers out during the winter. From the town of Buena Vista, Cottonwood Pass ascends over 4,000 vertical feet in 20 miles, and provides beautiful scenery of the Colorado wilderness. The historic ghost town of Saint Elmo is another popular winter playground. Both areas have many miles of groomed trails and many more miles of ungroomed terrain.
There are several rental shops and guide services for those that don’t own or can’t bring their snow machines.
Hot Springs
Soaking in one of the area's natural hot springs after a day of exploring and playing cannot be beat. The Native Americans believed the hot springs were sacred, capable of healing and cleansing the spirit, mind, and body. Now you can experience the soothing waters of the high mountains.
Mt. Princeton Hot Springs is located
just south of Buena Vista, in Nathrop, right along the Chalk Creek. Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort features a historic bath house (established in 1867) with a large soaking pool that averages 105 degrees Fahrenheit, a large exercise pool that is kept in the 90’s, and of course the famous creek side hot springs. In the summer the upper water slide pool is open, and is a favorite among families. The new spa has an amazing selection of fitness classes, spa treatments, and more soaking pools for spa and hotel guests. 
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa is located in Buena Vista, just up Cottonwood Pass. The facility has a rustic and relaxing vibe. Cottonwood Hot Springs features natural stone soaking pools and a dry sauna. Cottonwood also offers a variety of spa services.
Located in Salida, the Aquatic Center offers a unique twist on Colorado Hot Springs. This is the largest indoor hot springs facility in the country. They offer a large 6 lane lap pool, a smaller hotter pool for soaking and play. This smaller pool has a zero-entry way and has some water features for kids. New this year is a slide and climbing wall. When the lap lanes are not in use a diving board is available in the deep end.  

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