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Posted on December 03 2009, 1:00pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
Contest seeks a theme for Snowscape; Silverton Standard calendars still for sale!
 
Got an idea for a Snowscape theme? Let’s hear about it!
Snowscape, Silverton’s annual celebration of winter, is coming early this year, Jan. 22 to 24, at Kendall Mountain Recreation Area.
This year, the Silverton Standard & the Miner is sponsoring a contest to determine the theme of the 2010 event.
All are invited to submit their choice for the Snowscape 2010 theme.
Submit your ideas by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Ideas will be published in next week’s Standard, Thursday, Dec 10.
Past themes include Viva Las Vegas (2003), Dog Days of Winter (2004), Silverton goes Island Style (2005), Mardi Gras in the Mountains (2006), Chinese New Year (2007), Pirates in the San Juans (2008), Snow Monsters (2009).
Winners will be announced in Dec 17 issue of the Standard.
Send your ideas to Silverton Standard, P.O. Box 8, Silverton, CO 81433, or e-mail gina@silvertonstandard.com. Or call 387-5477 with your idea. Make sure to leave your name too.
 
Caboose calendars to benefit the Standard
The 2010 Silverton Standard & Caboose calendar, featuring historic photos of Silverton and the San Juans, is still available and makes a great holiday gift.
By our calculation, the calendars will also be perfectly useable in the year 2016, at least up until Feb. 28. After that, you can pencil in Feb. 29, 2016, and then adjust the following months accordingly by changing the first column to Saturday, the second column to Sunday and so on.
The calendars will also be accurate for the entire year of 2021, except for some religious holidays.
The calendars are just $9.95 each, plus $3 shipping and handling. To place an order, send a check to Silverton Standard, P.O. Box 8, Silverton, CO 81433, or call the Standard at (970) 387-5477 to place an order with a credit card.
 
Calling all Elves! Gifts, ornaments to be made by Santa’s helpers
Children young and old are invited to the Silverton Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 12, to get ready for Christmas!
The idea is to make ornaments and Christmas presents for mom and dad.
The festivities begin at noon and go until 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
 
 
Silverton Mountain opens for the season
It may be early season, but there is fun skiing to be had at Silverton Mountain, which opened for the season on Wednesday, Dec. 2.  
The snow up high is 30 to 40 inches deep, with good coverage on the northern exposures of the upper mountain, Jenny Ader, co-owner of the ski area. 
“There is no better time to get the legs in skiing shape and enjoy the sunshine than right now,” Ader said.
Discounted $39 lift tickets will be available the first week of operations through Dec. 6. 
Skiers and boarders can also earn free skiing by stomping down the snow in the avalanche starting zones Dec. 5, 6, and 12, 13. One free unguided ski day will be given for each day of bootpacking. 
Those who like to pack it hard and deep all four days can earn up to four days of free skiing. No experience required, but everyone must have a beacon, shovel and probe. Limited rentals are available at the mountain. 
 
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