Snowfall Gives Boost to Local Activities
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.The extra snow in the Grand Valley is not only a beautiful sight to see, it's also giving locals and tourists more reasons to get out and play. The Monument's beauty speaks for itself, but park rangers are doing what they can to highlight its winter splendor. Park ranger Nick Myers said, "Over the holidays we've had lots of folks bring in their families out, even with these cold temperatures. It seems like the snow is really inspiring people to get out the door." Mike G., who refers to himself as an explorer, said, "Physically and spiritually delightful! You can't beat this, it's God's country." Their new hiking series has been a huge success, with dozens coming out for the adventures. "Exploring several different areas of the Monument, some of the canyons, Serpent's Trail," Myers said. "All the rangers are superb, the education, the academic end of it, superb. This would be nowhere near as good, as enlightening without them," said Mike. Also this winter, a ranger-led cross-country ski is scheduled to bring in the new year. Myers said, "Was kind of a spur of the moment thing. With all of the snowfall that we've had we decided it was a great chance to get out their with the skis." Some local businesses say they're seeing impacts of the snow in other ways. Parker Carlson, owner of Carlson Vineyards, said, "When there's a good ski season we'll always get some people, particularly from Powderhorn when they stay up there, and we even get some from Vail, Glenwood area. Our December is better than last December, our November better than last November." Carlson Vineyards is not only having a busier winter, but a huge year. "2012 has been our best year for total sales that we've ever had in our 25 years," Carlson said. "It's the winter, it's the snow. It's a different perspective all together," said Mike. "There's a lot of things to do and there's enough wineries that you can spend a couple days taking it easy and just enjoy them," Carlson added. Whether folks bring in the new year on the slopes or toast to it with a glass of wine, they don't have to stray from the Grand Valley to do right.