|Picture-perfect views in every direction are only a small portion of what Pagosa Country has to offer when blanketed in white. When houses resemble the gingerbread houses covered with icing, an entirely new set of possibilities for family fun emerges as the snow falls.
A quick look around the area reveals numerous slopes for sledding or getting little legs accustomed to skis or a snowboard. A traditional local hot spot for a downhill thrill is on Reservoir Hill (downtown, just behind The Spa). Unless a spell of dry weather has brought out brown patches (with over 300 sunny days a year on average, not an unheard-of condition in the Pagosa area), the slopes promise a good time for kids of all ages.
Parents hoping to spend a day on the more substantial slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Area can enroll children ages 5 to 8 in the Wolf Pups ski school. A full day of lessons (four hours), which includes lift tickets, lunch and snacks, is $60, and a half day (two hours) is $50, which includes lift tickets. Equipment rental charges for Wolf Pups are $11. Please check the Wolf Creek Ski Area section of this guide for more information on other ski school programs.
Those looking to stay slightly lower in elevation can glide across frozen water, with the pond at The River Center open for skating from mid-December through mid-February. To check conditions and hear if ponds are open, call the Pagosa Springs Sports Hotline, 264-4151, Ext. 301.
In late January or early February, young anglers get their chance to prove their stuff with the challenges of ice fishing during the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association (PLPOA) annual Winter Perch Tournament. Open to adults as well as children, the contest offers cash prizes in various categories. Contact the PLPOA at 731-5635 for more details.
Young people, from the toddler to the teenager, will find plenty to do in Pagosa Country this winter season.
Beyond the more adventurous skiing, sledding and skateboarding, there are holiday events taking place that welcome the young crowd — those both young in age and young at heart.
Among these are:
• A visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, December 5 — complete with refreshments, music and the annual downtown lighting ceremony.
• The Festival of Trees, December 3 — the community center comes alive and alight with the beauty of the holiday season.
• “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings,” by the Pagosa Springs Music Boosters, November 18-20 — great music and fascinating onstage activity.
Whether taking the time to build a snowman, try out skis on a downhill slope or on a Nordic track, snowshoe, skate, sled, snowmobile, build a snow fort and have a snowball fight or just watch the white stuff fall from the comfort of a blazing fire, Pagosa Country in winter has just about everything a kid could need — or want.