Mountain Almanac for the Week of February 20

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Business After Hours. Scheduled this month on Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The host is Park State Bank & Trust, 710 West Hwy. 24. 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! For more information, call 719-687-9885.  Visit the chamber’s website to register to the event.

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Feb. 20 at 7 the GMF Town Hall. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Feb. 21  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

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Wildfire Disaster Relief. Team Rubicon, an organization that provides disaster relief around the world, will unveil a new project in Green Mountain Falls and the lower Ute Pass, and will hold a community meeting on Feb. 21 at the GMF Town Hall, starting at 6 p.m. The town’s Fire Mitigation committee is sponsoring the effort, aimed at helping local residents lower their property’s risk from wildfire.  For more information, call David Douglas, chairman of the GMF Fire Mitigation Committee, at 281-610-1280.

Ice Castles Is Still Open! This iconic, fantasy-like, attraction, capped by LED embedded ice walls, tunnels and slides, is still open for visitors in Cripple Creek.  Ice Castles will be open daily through the winter months.  Great deals are available for locals on special days, especially on Wednesday for southern Teller residents.  See related story and Ice Castles updates at or on our Facebook Page. The Cripple Creek Ice Castles location is one of only a handful in the nation. For ticket information, visit,, or visit the city of Cripple Creek’s tourism website, which also has details on Ice Castles parking and transportation and ticket availability.

Thursday, Feb. 22

TOPS. Takes 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.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on Feb. 22  at 6:30 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall.

Friday, Feb. 23

Taste of the Grape. Sample over 50 different wines and brews and spirits for a popular event, held at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Feb. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is sponsored by Banana Belt Liquors and the Kiwanis Club of Ute Pass. All proceeds go to benefit the children of Teller County. Advance tickets are available at Banana Belt Liquors and online at In addition, tickets are available at the door. For  more information, call 719-642-8679

New Casino and Hotel. Chamonix Casino and Hotel, Cripple Creek’s new mega addition, which features about 300 rooms, and a spree resort-like amenities, such as a rooftop pool and spa, is now open for business in the initial stage. The Chamonix, part of Bronco Billy’s, features about 250 slots and table games. Check out the games and amazing lobby and the Chamonix Bistro.  This is the first stage of a $300 million development, the largest project ever undertaken in Cripple Creek. It will encompass a 500,000-plus square-foot area, when fully completed. For more details, see related story on the TMJ website and on Facebook.

New Local Cannabis Shop. Teller County’s first medical and recreational marijuana dispensary, High Stakes Leafery, located in Cripple Creek, at 324 Hwy. 67 South, just one block off the main drag on Second Street, is now open for business. See related story on the TMJ website and on our Facebook page


Saturday, Feb. 24

Final weekend for Cripple Creek Ice Fest. The Cripple Creek Ice Festival, considered the town’s most popular  winter event, will feature its final weekend.  The  Ice Festival is  held from February 17-25.  The head-to-head carving challenges is featured on Saturdays at 12:00, 1:30 and 3:00.  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 a huge cash prize.  Plan your visit and cast your vote for the most impressive carving. We are excited to have some of the top carving teams in the country participating in this event including SNICE Carving, Cool Hand Ice, The Bear Spot, The Ice Farm, and Ice Castles.  Come and see their imaginations come alive in ice. As always, this event is free and open to the general public.  Carvers will be working throughout the event on their sculptures.  Activities, vendors, and head-to-head carving competitions will only take place on the weekends (Feb 17-19 and Feb 24&25) including President’s Day, participating more in the event? Reach out to for more information! In addition, check out the related story on Ice Fest in this week’s TMJ.



Best of the Teller High County.  Don’t forget to vote in the 35th annual Best Of contest, sponsored by TMJ, featuring more than 70 categories in local and area-wide competition.  To vote, visit the link on TMJ’s website at  Results will be announced in mid-March. Voting continues throughout February.

Woodland Park City Council Candidates Forum. This event is sponsored by the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce, and it will be held on March 5 at the WP Council Chambers from 5 to 7 p.m. It is being moderated by Steve Woolf, a leading representative of the Chamber.  This is one of the prime candidate forums, prior to the April 2 election, during which a mayoral position and three council seats will be decided.



Student Art Show. The Mountain Artists of Teller County are getting ready for the annual Student Art Show that will be hanging in the Galleria of the Woodland Park Public Library from April 13 through May 1, 2024. This show is open to all middle school, high school, private schools and home-schooled students in all of Teller County. And, for the first time, the Lake George Charter School will be included! The show has been a showcase for our highly talented young people and the public has expressed great surprise and appreciation for it for many years now. Everyone is encouraged to come see the art during the three weeks it will be on display. Students in the area wishing to enter the Student Art Show must go online to and print out the application (at the bottom of the page) and bring the filled-out application to the Woodland Park Library by Friday, April 12 between 3:00pm and 5:30pm.Awards will be presented on Saturday, April 20, starting at 2pm at the Library (downstairs). Winners must be present to receive monetary Awards (or have a parent or teacher present to accept).