Leadville News – November 17

First Major Winter Storm in Leadville Today

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The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed Independence Pass for the season. Since crews do not plow the highest paved road crossing the Continental Divide during the winter, the Highway will not open up again to vehicle traffic until next spring!

Residents and travelers through Leadville Today will see the first major storm since the 8 inches dumped in town back on October 2, 2017. Of course, all the chatter of a long, cold fall was put to rest after residents experienced a beautiful, snow-free season, once that initial storm melted away.

But for the ski industry and the local businesses which rely on the “white gold,” today’s storm could be just what they need to turn the page on the seasons and hear those cash registers start to ring. While nearby Ski Cooper is not scheduled to open until December 9, other nearby ski resorts which make their own snow will welcome the boost from Mother Nature. Forecasts report the storm could leave behind some solid base to get the 2017-18 season rolling. And who knows, if the storms keep rolling in, maybe Cooper, which relies on 100% natural snow, could open early as well – stay tuned!

Colorado Department of Transportation crews reported that Independence Pass – between Twin Lakes and Aspen – is officially closed for the season.  Since the highest paved road across the Continental Divide is not maintained during the winter season, crews will not open the road back up until next spring. Thanks CDOT! As for other high mountain thoroughfares, motorists should expect winter driving conditions, with overnight temperatures hoovering around the single digits. Be prepared for icy and snow packed conditions, especially after dark. And remember, there are other ways to get up and down in the mountain – just connect to the LT Transportation story. Until next time, stay safe out there and stay connected with Leadville Today on Facebook, Twitter and send us your pictures and reports (when its safe to do so!)

Holiday Fair In Leadville Today, Tomorrow

Deck those halls, select unique handmade gifts, and enjoy homemade holiday cheer, when you visit the Leadville Arts Coalition’s Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair tonight Friday, Nov. 17, and tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 18.

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This year’s holiday fair features many favorite vendors, as well as some new local talent.

The Leadville Arts Coalition (LAC) invites the regional community to this unique shopping opportunity. Holiday fun gets started Friday from 3 – 8 p.m., and Christmas cheer continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Visit the Fair to see an amazing assortment of merchandise, that local/regional vendors have created. The fair is held in the Climax Molybdenum Leadership Building at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville

This year’s fair promises handcrafted arts, crafts, holiday decor, specialty food items, jewelry and clothing for everyone’s holiday lists. The Leadville Arts Coalition encourages shoppers to support artists, crafters and other non-profits by shopping locally at this fair.  For over twenty years the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair has served as the main fund-raiser for LAC, who promote the arts and art education in Leadville and Lake County.

During 2017, LAC donated $500 towards the Lake County High School musical, “Little Shop of Horrors.” The group funded the repainting of the Kiddie Korral wall, with board member Amanda Good serving as project manager, and LAC helped with the 321 Fridays – Meet the Artist series at Harperrose Studios: Gallery and Goods this summer. 

Just recently the LAC board approved $500 for the February 2018 production of “Annie.”  The group is supporting art teacher Erin Farrow’s April 2018 field trip to the Denver Art Museum.

For more info on the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair and/or the Leadville Arts Coalition,  email lac.arts.info@gmail.com. See you at the Fair!

The New Kiddie Korral Mural Video

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