Anyone already suffering Snowdown withdrawal might consider traveling to Pagosa Springs for a weeklong WinterFest from Feb. 12 to 15 to celebrate or evade Valentine's Day.
Times of events are still changing, but as of now, the festivities will start Feb. 12 with a Soup for the Soul dinner to benefit Hospice of Mercy. Twelve local restaurants, bakeries and liquor stores are contributing to the feast at 5:30 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd. Organizers plan live music and a silent art auction.
Tickets are $25 at Moonlight Books in Pagosa, the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, or by calling the Mercy Health Foundation at 764-2800. For more information, call 731-9190 or visit pagosasprings.com/calendarevents.
The next day, Feb. 13, sees the opening reception for the town's annual Photo Contest at 5 p.m. in the Cornerstone building at Talisman Drive and Village. From U.S. Highway 160, it's a block north of McDonald's.
Valentine's Day events will start at 1 p.m. with an "Anything Goes" downhill sled race at High Country Lodge near Wolf Creek, 3821 U.S. Highway 160. Registration for the event begins Monday at the Chamber of Commerce office or High Country Lodge. Call 264-2360 for more information.
A triathlon also is planned for the lodge, but times are still to be set.
Then Saturday evening's Valentine's Day Dance will be at the Community Center. Call 264-4152 for details.
The weekend will wind up at 1 p.m. Sunday with snow-sculpting and snowman-building contests in Town Park. Sculpting contests will be for individuals, and families can participate in the snowman contest. Cash and merchandise prizes are planned. Call 264-2360 for more information.