Mountain Almanac for the Week of January 10

Tuesday, Jan. 10

The Woodland Park Downtown Development Authority will hold its first meeting of 2023 on Jan. 10 at 7:30 a.m. in the WP Council Chambers. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Swearing-in ceremony. A number of elected leaders will officially get sworn into office on Jan. 10 during a special ceremony in the Centennial Building, scheduled for the  morning of Jan. 10, as the county commissioners host their first meeting of 2023.

Wednesday, Jan. 11

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Jan. 11  at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Meet at the upper level and choose a one, two or three-mile hike. Maps are available. Healthy living tips and mindfulness exercises to enhance your walk. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. Free admission.

Thursday, Jan. 12

TOPS. Take Off Pounds Sensibly- Meets every Thursday morning at 9 a.m.  in the basement of Church in the Wildwood 10585, Ute Pass Ave, Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819. Affordable, effective weight-loss program.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will hold their first meeting of 2023 on Jan. 12  The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers, next to city hall, starting at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 14

NFL Playoff Action.  Check out the first round of the NFL Playoff Saturday and Sunday at your favorite sports bar/eatery in  Green Mountain Falls, Crystola, Woodland Park,  Divide, Florissant and Cripple Creek.  The first Wild Card round is often the most exciting. See related story.


Best of Cripple Creek and the Teller High County.  Don’t forget to partake in the annual Best Of 2023 contest, sponsored by TMJ.  This Best Of contest has been yearly tradition, which began shortly after gaming started in Cripple Creek. See related story in this week’s issue.  Voting continues until mid-February, with the winners announced in March. More than 70 categories for you to pick favorites. To vote, visit

Cripple Creek Special Election. Ballots have been mailed out to registered Cripple Creek electors for a special recall election.  Ballot must be returned by Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Cripple Creek City Hall.  For information about the election, call 719-689-2502. See related story in this week’s edition of TMJ.

Chamber Business After Hours is Teller County’s largest networking event.  All Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce members are encouraged to attend.  Take advantage of this opportunity to network and catch up with your friends, clients and customers plus meet new members in an informal setting.  Business After Hours is a great way to share information about your business and learn about other members. Fun, food, drinks and door prizes.
Don’t forget your business cards!

The January 17 Business After Hours is hosted by the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, and it will be held at the Ute Pass  Cultural Center. For more information, visit the WP Chamber of Commerce website.

Community Partnership Ribbon Cutting. Join us at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the GRAND OPENING of the NEW LOCATION for Community Partnership in Woodland Park.  Community Partnership purchased their new facility about a year and half ago!  With the remodeling and upgrades completed – the Staff and Board of Community Partnership invites you to come join in the Ribbon Cutting and festivities. It will be held on Jan. 26 at 701 Gold Hill Place from to 4 6 p.m. For more information, call 719-687-9885.

Ice Fest Returns. The organizers of the Cripple Creek Ice Festival are excited to announce that planning is underway for the return of the Cripple Creek Ice Festival, February 18-26, 2023.  New sponsors have been identified and the City of Cripple Creek has approved their sponsorship of the event, which paves the way for a larger more exciting event than ever before.  The head-to-head carving challenges will also be returning to the event on Saturdays.  Carvers will compete in a stadium setting for a $1,000 cash prize each weekend.  Carving teams will also be doing their best to win the People’s Choice Award for an overall cash prize of $5,000.  Plan your visit and cast your vote for the most impressive carving.

Are you interested in being a vendor at the Ice Festival?  Please contact the Destination Marketing Coordinator at 719-270-1999, to get more information.

Are you a professional ice carver that would like to compete in the event?  Please call 719-689-3461.  Team are limited to 4 members.  Major carvings must be completed by opening day of the event (Feb 18).