When I first moved here I was told that if you don't play in the snow, you'll hate the snow. And Pagosa Springs is a town that loves to play in the snow. Every winter, they play host to Winterfest. A celebration of Winter and all the fun things we do in the snow. In this video, we cover four events.
Pagosa Nordic Club BB Biathlon
This race at Yamaguchi Park features a 16k competitive race and a 4k fun race. Contestants ski laps on a groomed track around our local park and stop every four laps for the 16k race and every lap for the 4k race and shoot a Red Ryder BB gun at targets.
Participants raise money for local charities by plunging themselves into the freezing cold waters of the San Juan River. After completing the plunge, participants receive a free Healing Waters pass to warm up their bodies!
Sledz on Rez
Build it. Ride it. Wreck it. Kids from town build their own sleds to ride down Rez Hill. What often ends up happening is spectacular crashes that leave the audience hooting and hollering! Sponsored by Build Pagosa. Build Pagosa is a charitable organization dedicated to providing volunteer opportunities for the building trades industry, local businesses, and Pagosa Springs residents who want to support the educational, vocational, communication, economic and stabilization goals within the community. Through advocacy, collaboration, and networking, we work to build a better Pagosa Springs by involving members of our community in efforts that support smart, safe and sustainable growth.
Skijor Pagosa is an adventure competition where horse and rider pull a skier as fast as possible through an obstacle course of jumps, gates and rings. Skijoring combines Pagosa Country's finest skiing heritage with its cowboy roots creating a fast and curious spectator's event. Participants compete for cash and prizes based on the fastest times. More excitingly, our Skis and Saddles Event will be a great reason to get outside and enjoy southern Colorado's best kept secret while hanging out with great friends and family.