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Spring has arrived! The hills and forests are turning from white to green and the rivers and reservoirs are slowly rising. Many days are warm enough to wear shorts and sandals, but it’s snowing today and the ski resorts are open for a few more weeks. Spring skiing is a ton of fun! The snow is soft, the weather is warm, and nothing beats an après drink on the deck with friends after a long day on the mountain. Closing day at Monarch and Ski Cooper are fun for the whole family, and this helps us mark the transition from ski season to rafting season. 
 
Here are a few of the things coming up in April.
 
Kid Fest at Monarch
Come celebrate the end of another great ski season at Monarch Mountain. Free activities for kids include face painting, helmet decorating, egg hunt, interactive snow sculptures, kids’ terrain park challenge, and more! Kid Fest is a wildly popular seasonal event for kids 10 and under.

 
Date: April 5, 2015
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Monarch Mountain
Cost: Free
 
 
 
Kayaks on Snow
Kayaks on Snow is Monarch's signature event. Contestants race head to head, similar to Skier Cross, down a specially designed course featuring berms, banks, and bumps, ending in an icy pond! This is as fun to watch as it is to race. Great sponsors will be on hand to provide plenty of stoke for this unique event.
 
Date: April 11, 2015
Time: Register at the base of the course 9-10am
Location: Monarch Mountain

Bring your own kayak, PFD, helmet, paddle, and carabineer. 
 
Whitewater Winter Music Series
presents WhiteWater Ramble
Described as High-Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass, WhiteWater Ramble (WWR) uses a simple recipe to craft its sound: start with bluegrass instrumentation, add drums, and finish with a boundary-less approach to grassing-up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana. WhiteWater Ramble is now on tour behind their second studio release.
 
$10 suggested donation at the door to support the Whitewater Winter Music Series fundraiser to benefit the Buena Vista Whitewater Park!
 
 
Date: April 11, 2015
Time: 8-11pm
Location: Eddyline Restaurant at South Main
 
 
Closing Day at Monarch Mountain
Tailgate Party & Cook-off
Celebrate the end of ski season and beginning of whitewater season with Monarch's annual parking lot cook-off and tailgate party. Ski bunnies, ski bums, and lounge lizards are encouraged to whip up their best eats, competing for next year's season pass among other goodies. Contestants will also be judged on decor and spirit, so spiff up your rig and come on up, snow or shine!
This event continues to attract closet chefs from around the region. Bring your appetite!
 
Date: April 12, 2015
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Monarch Mountain
 
 
Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series
Eastside Epic
Fatbike riding and racing is a big part of winter in Fourteener Country! The Eastside Epic course tours Leadvill'es historic Mining District.
 
Dates: April 18, 2015
Time: Registration/Check In 8am at Cycles of Life
Time: Race starts at 10am
Location: 700 East 8th Street Leadville, CO
 
 
Pole Pedal Paddle
 
 
 
 
 
The Salida Pole, Pedal Paddle began in 1999 and is a truly unique, multi-sport event. Following the path of the spring runoff, competitors start at the Continental Divide, on Monarch Pass with a backcountry ski leg, mountain bikes carry competitors in the shadow of Mt. Shavano to the banks of the Arkansas River where whitewater kayaks take paddlers into downtown Salida for an exciting finish.
 
Participants can compete as a team or individually. The Salida Pole Pedal Paddle was reborn in 2008 and has developed a hard core following in the last three years. The Boathouse Cantina in downtown Salida will serve as the finish line and host an after park and awards ceremony for competitors and their families/friends.
 
Date: April 19, 2015
Time: 8pm-11pm
Location: Starts at the top of Monarch Pass, Finish line in downtown Salida
 
 
 

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