Get your heart racing this Valentine’s Day in Grand County, Colorado

Grand County snowmobilingGrand County, CO….It’s that time of year again: Grocery stores are displaying candy hearts and chocolates, greeting card companies have outdone themselves with florid prose, and florists and fancy restaurants are taking orders and reservations in advance of the big day. February 14 is fast approaching and you’d better be ready.

But this year, instead of attempting to send your significant other’s heart aflutter with gifts, Grand County has a better option to get your heart racing. Perfectly happy as a party of one? We have some fun for you, too. Continue reading

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Mesa Verde Country Invites Visitors to Enjoy Archaeology & Après

MVCountry-logoSouthwest Colorado vacation destination features some of the best archaeology, breweries & wineries in the country–

Cortez, Colo. – Most adventure travelers have heard the term après ski (social activities and entertainment following a day of skiing). But Mesa Verde Country in Southwest Colorado has another après suggestion: après archaeology! Mesa Verde Country and the Four Corners region of the Southwest have been home to Native American communities for several thousands of years. What they’ve left behind is one of the most abundant collections of archaeology sites in the entire country. Modern day residents have added wonderful wineries, delicious craft beers and remarkable restaurants to create an experience visitors won’t want to miss. Continue reading

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Mesa Verde Country & City of Cortez Partner to Bring United States Air Force Academy Band Concert to City of Cortez

– Free public concert to be held at Montezuma-Cortez High School Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.–

USAFA bandCortez, Colo. – Mesa Verde Country and the City of Cortez are pleased to announce that the United States Air Force Academy Band from Colorado Springs will perform at a free concert on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. Continue reading

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Start off the new year with classic skiing at Powderhorn Mountain Resort, near Grand Junction, Colorado

GJ skiing PowderhornPowderhorn celebrates 50th anniversary season with special insider’s experience at resort through the eyes of ski patrol

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.—Jan. 17, 2017—For 50 years, Powderhorn Mountain Resort has been serving up skiing on the beautiful Grand Mesa, located just 45-minutes from Grand Junction, Colorado. From the early days, with just a single rope tow, to present day, featuring the new Flat Top Flyer high-speed detachable quad lift, Powderhorn continuously provides some of the best tree skiing in Colorado.

“Powderhorn is a hidden gem,” explained Mistalynn Meyeraan, spokesperson for the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau. “Those who’ve visited know that they feature great snow, friendly staff and minimal lift lines. Add to that our incredibly reasonable lift ticket prices and the fact that we’re only 45 minutes from the amenities of Grand Junction, Colorado and you’ll understand why we’re a destination that should be visited to be fully appreciated.”

There is a new program being offered in 2017 to help both Powderhorn loyalists and newcomers alike learn more about the mountain from the perspective of their professional Ski Patrol. Continue reading

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Mesa Verde Country in Southwest Colorado: Basecamp for Winter Escape

Winter 2015– Southwest Colorado vacation destination offers easy access to adventure when the snow flies–

Cortez, Colo. – Those looking for a winter adventure that is a little unique and a lot of fun should head to Mesa Verde Country in Southwest Colorado. Not only does this archaeological hotbed offer incredible activities and attractions of its own, but it also is drive-distance to some of the best downhill skiing experiences in the Southwest. Continue reading

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Twice as Nice on Ice: Grand County Hosts Three Ice Fishing Contests

ICE FISHING 5076Winter fishing contests take place in Jan., Feb. and March with large purses to the victors

GRAND COUNTY, Colo. – Dec. 22, 2016 –  True fisherman are not content to forget their passion just because of a little ice. During the winter, ice fishing provides an opportunity to not only bask in beautiful scenery, but also the chance to catch “the big one.” With three different ice fishing contests taking place in early 2017 in Grand County, big prize purses also sweeten the experience.

29th Annual 3 Lakes Ice Fishing Tournament
Granby: Jan. 27 – 29, 2017

Three days, three popular lakes (Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Grand Lake) and more than $18,000 in cash and prizes given out daily makes this the perfect event to kick off the 2017 competitive ice fishing season. Cash prizes are awarded to 8th place in four categories; each day is a separate tournament. Other events include a daily Big Fish drawing category and, a tagged fish contest. Eight tagged fish worth $1,000 each will be released into Lake Granby.

Participants of all experience levels are welcome. Entry fees are Continue reading

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Sleep Inn – Austin Northeast Creates Scholarship for a Hospitality Student

  • Austin-based hotel offers new $500 scholarship to students in the hospitality industry
  • Deadline for applying is March 31, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas — Dec. 21, 2016 — Attention all students who are pursuing degrees in hospitality: you could receive a $500 scholarship for school. Management at The Sleep Inn – Austin Northeast recently announced a new scholarship for Texas-based students majoring in Hospitality and/or Restaurant Management. Applications are due by March 31, 2017; the successful applicant will be notified by May 31, 2017.

The Sleep Inn – Austin Northeast is a smoke-free, pet-friendly hotel located off of State Highway 290 near downtown Austin. Two colleges, both UT Austin and ACC Highland campus are located nearby.

“Our team believes the future growth and development in hospitality and tourism depends on the education of tomorrow’s leaders,” said Cindy Sapp with Monument Hospitality, the managing agent for the Sleep Inn – Austin Northwest. “We wanted to assist our community, both geographically and professionally, by providing support for education.”

The new scholarship, which awards the recipient $500 that can be used for tuition, books, and/or room and board, has three criteria for applicants: applicant must be a graduating high school senior (Class of 2017 at a Texas-based high school) or a college student currently enrolled at a Texas-based college; he or she must be pursuing a degree in the field of Hospitality or Restaurant Management and he or she must have a high school or college GPA of at least 3.0.

The successful applicant will submit a 500-word essay entitled, “My Greatest Hospitality Moment.” The scholarship winner will be decided based on this essay, along with fulfillment of the GPA and proof of major.

“We look forward to reading the essays from the applicants,” Sapp said. “We’re pleased that we can support the instruction for new hospitality professionals.”

To apply for the Sleep Inn – Austin Northeast hospitality scholarship, email the essay, transcript and proof of major to by March 31, 2017. The scholarship will be awarded on May 31, 2017. For more information, visit

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Sweetwater County, Wyo., is one of the country’s best – yet still undiscovered – mountain bike destinations.

Sweetwater County, Wyo., is one of the country’s best – yet still undiscovered – mountain bike destinations.

Sweetwater County has some of the best singletrack trails in Wyoming, the West –

Editor’s note: To learn more about the 2017 mountain biking press trip to Sweetwater County, contact Christy Nielson at

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Adventure-seekers looking for some singletrack that not everyone else has discovered yet will want to check out Sweetwater County in Southwest Wyoming. Home to the towns of Green River and Rocks Springs – and surrounded by 10,500 square miles of high desert country – Sweetwater County is a perfect place to blaze a trail on a hard tail or full-suspension bike. Continue reading

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Colorado Cross Country Ski Association Nordic Skiing Punch Pass On Sale Now

Photo credit Tim Gormley Jr ( )

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For $99, pass includes 12 trail access passes at six Colorado resorts

GRANBY, Colo.—Oct. 25, 2016—Ski season is fast approaching: resorts are firing up snow making equipment, the temperature is dropping and Mother Nature is doing her best to don her winter wear. As you break out your snow season gear, don’t forget about your Nordic skis, snowshoes and fat bikes. There’s a whole other winter world out there, and Colorado Cross Country Ski Association (CCCSA) is making exploration easier.

The CCCSA 2016-17 Punch Pass is on sale now for $99. Similar to a ski resort pass, the Punch Pass allows purchasers to discover the snow, but on Nordic trails at six different resorts.

“Colorado has some of the finest Nordic experiences in the country and we want people to have the opportunity to explore them,” said Igor Guziur of Devil’s Thumb Ranch. “With six different resorts to experience, it’s a great way to see a side of Colorado that you may not have visited before.”

The punch passes are valid for two trail passes to Breckenridge Nordic, Crested Butte Nordic, Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Keystone Nordic, Snow Mountain Ranch and Tennessee Pass Nordic Center. The passes are transferable, so two people could share a pass for double the fun at each resort. Additional discounts on rentals, tours and lodging with specified partners are also included in the pass.

Photo credit Tim Gormley Jr ( )

Photo credit Tim Gormley Jr ( )

“These punches are for trail pass access,” Therese Dayton with Breckenridge Nordic added. “Depending on the usage at each resort, you could try cross country skiing, skate skiing, snowshoeing or even fat biking with this pass. The Punch Pass also makes a great gift.”

The 2016-17 CCCSA Punch Pass is on sale now for $99. Visit to purchase or for more information.

Media contact:  Cassidi Brickner    970.726.5144

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Colorado Cross Country Ski Association Announces Inaugural 2017 Colorado Nordic Race Series

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Four races in four iconic Colorado locations make this the ultimate classic and skate skiing race series

Prizes will be awarded to top finishers of each race, as well as overall winners

courtesy Devils ThumbGRANBY, Colo.—Oct. 19, 2016—Wax up your skinny skis and great ready for the Nordic season. Colorado Cross Country Ski Association (CCCSA) recently announced the lineup for the inaugural 2017 Colorado Nordic Race Series, taking place at four iconic Colorado destinations between January and March 2017.  With a mix of classic and skate skiing, plus prizes for individual races and overall grand champions, these are four dates you’ll want to mark down on your winter calendar. Continue reading

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