The lesser snow goose is an undependable fellow: Cruising the Western Central Flyway during migration, it makes one of its stopovers at John Martin Reservoir near Lamar. But, hey, some days the pickings might look better at Horse Creek Reservoir outside Las Animas. And sometimes, when the weather grows cold, the birds hightail it back down south where the food is. Nevertheless, the City of Lamar, with fingers crossed collectively behind its back, is throwing a High Plains Snow Goose Festival this weekend. It's the third year for the event, patterned after the popular Monte Vista Crane Festival, and, as Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman Michael Seraphin notes, well worth it when providence lends a hand: "When you get into the right circumstances, it's awesome. You might see upwards of 40,000 birds landing on the shoreline." That's 40,000 snow-white birds dropping down from the heavens, folks. And if they don't show up? Lamar is still throwing a party, with an arts-and-crafts fair, lectures and more, in addition to goose-viewing tours at sunrise and sunset.
Dress warmly, bring binoculars, and keep the region's other sights -- from Bent's Old Fort to the Camp Amache Japanese Internment Camp -- in mind. For information, call 1-719-336-4379 or go to www.lamarchamber.com/goose. -- Susan Froyd
Riding Like a Girl
Women get in gear
Ladies know that size matters when you're talking sweaty, heart-pounding bliss. And ladies who pedal know that length is especially critical when you're talking about the top tube on a bike frame. Over the past few years, manufacturers have been increasing the number of bikes, equipment and clothing designed specifically for women.
The folks at Wheat Ridge Cyclery, 7085 West 38th Avenue, celebrate the latest of those products tonight with their third annual Women's Night Out. From 7 to 10 p.m., ladies (and their male friends) can enjoy free food and wine, a fashion show, special discounts, a bike raffle and the chance to chat with manufacturers from companies such as Trek, Specialized and Pearl Izumi. "The event's been wildly popular," says the shop's Evan Lee. "It's a great opportunity to talk with the people who actually make the stuff, to tell them your concerns and needs, because believe me, they really listen. That's how the women-specific niche got started." For information, call 303-424-3221. -- Shara Rutberg
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If there's one thing we've learned from the All-Star Weekend shmooze-a-thon, it's that for most enthusiasts, the attraction is not really about the event; it's all about the related parties. This pattern seems to apply up-slope, too. For instance, at Telluride Gay Ski Week, which begins today.
Telluride is calling all queens and tomboys for a week of a little skiing -- and tons of parties. (An In Drag Ski Race is scheduled, with appropriate attire required of all participants.) The week includes an Oscar party (one can't miss out on seeing the latest fashions), a Blue Ball (no comment) and even a Pleasure Hunt (definitely no comment). According to Kerri Cardin, a party host from Mountain Village, "This one has been a little controversial, but it's our second time doing it, and, other than a few people, the entire community has been very supportive." So, let the, um, skiing begin!
Telluride Gay Ski Week runs through March 6. An all-week, all-access pass, which includes skiing and entry to all events, costs $310. Non-skiers may purchases party passes for $45. For reservations, call 1-800-909-9881; for information, log on to www.gayskiweekusa.com. -- Jerri Theil