Outside Briefs, Jan. 7, 2017
Recent winter snow storm adds fresh powder to ski resorts in Colorado
Thanks to a powerful winter storm, the new year is off to a great start at a number of Colorado Ski Country USA ski and snowboard area.
The highest snowfall total of 35 inches fell at Monarch Mountain as of Saturday morning. Thirty inches have fallen at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and 29 inches at Wolf Creek Ski Area.
Steamboat Springs saw a fresh 22 inches of snow, and Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area saw 21 and 20 inches of snow, respectively.
Here on the Western Slope, Powderhorn Mountain Resort had 10 inches of fresh powder.
The four Aspen/Snowmass mountains saw accumulations of between 10 and 17 inches.
Sixteen inches fell at Leadville’s Ski Cooper, Purgatory and Winter Park, and Copper Mountain welcomed 14 inches of fresh snowfall.
This recent storm will allow ski areas to open more terrain, if they are not already 100 percent open.
Keep up to date on daily snowfall totals and check terrain openings with the CSCUSA snow report: http://www.coloradoski.com/snow-report.
Fishing program highlights state wildlife
Fishful Thinker TV, a documentary-style show for anglers, is showcasing Colorado state parks and wildlife areas this season.
The show, which premiered Saturday on the Altitude Sports and Entertainment network, will feature a realistic cross-section of the fishing opportunities available in the state.
Of Colorado’s 42 state parks, 37 offer angling opportunities. The upcoming season of Fishful Thinker will feature locations in multiple state wildlife areas and state parks, including South Delaney Buttes State Wildlife Area, Cherry Creek State Park, Lake Pueblo State Park, Navajo State Park, Coller State Wildlife Area, John Martin State Park, Echo Canyon State Wildlife Area, State Forest State Park, Jackson Lake State Park, Stagecoach State Park, Steamboat Lake State Park, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, North Delaney State Wildlife Area, Two Buttes State Wildlife Area, Lathrop State Park, and Yampa River State Park as well as other Colorado waters.
Episodes of Fishful Thinker TV air on the Altitude Sports and Entertainment network every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. MST and will repeat regularly throughout the week.
Fishful Thinker TV will also air nationally on the World Fishing Network later in 2017 and it is available to stream through the MyOutdoorTV app.
Awareness of winter coyotes encouraged
It’s the season to beware of coyotes.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, coyotes seem to be less tolerant of human presence during the months of January and February since it’s the animal’s breeding season.
During the breeding season, coyotes may be more territorial than usual and defend their space as they carve out a place to have their young. Residents are advised to be aware of their presence and the potential for conflicts with humans in metro and rural areas.
Over the past couple of years, several incidents of coyote and human conflicts have been reported during this time of year.
Several reports of coyotes with mange have also been reported throughout the Denver metro area. Mange is caused by small skin parasites called mites. It is highly contagious, and pet owners are strongly advised to keep their pets away from coyotes.
Coyotes are omnivores and eat everything from bird seed to rodents, berries to garbage, and sometimes free-roaming cats and dogs.
Ice fishing tournaments coming soon
The Rifle Gap Ice Fishing tournament is scheduled for Jan. 21-22 at Rifle Gap State Park just north of Rifle.
The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 21 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 22. The event marks a return of the tournament, which didn’t take place last year because soft ice conditions at Rifle Gap Reservoir.
Also coming is the Colorado Classic Pro-AM South Park Ice Masters Ice Fishing Tournament, which is scheduled for Feb. 4.
Presented by Eagle Claw-Shappell, this tournament is the second leg or event of the 2017 Colorado Classic Pro-AM Ice Fishing Tournament series, hosted by Eleven Mile Sports. The contest start and finish will take place at the North Boat Ramp of Eleven Mile State Park near Woodland Park.
More information: cpw.state.us/thingstodo