Join us as we head deep into the Rocky Mountains, to our cabin on the outskirts of the tiny mountain town, Ouray, Colorado! Over 5 days / 4 nights, participants can explore inspiring natural locations, learn from historic sites, participate in creative chats, and relax in late-night hot springs!
This area is home to our favorite selection of secret winter gems such as the Ouray Ice Park, an assortment of natural Hot Springs, and the abandoned Ghost Towns of Ironton! Each day we'll visit one or two of the area's inspiring places and find plenty of time for discussing the themes of the day over hot meals and great company.
• Our own private beer & boardgames NYE celebration!
• Exploring the long-abandoned Ironton Ghost Town
• Wander through the Ice Park, where volunteers have transformed the Uncompahgre Gorge into over three miles of vertical terrain
• Late night dip in the steamy natural Hot Springs!
• Explore the nearby town of Telluride, where you can take in local cuisine & culture
AND OF COURSE... Plenty of time for creative conversation, sketching the gorgeous surroundings, and tons of LGAL led activities!
Optional Extras: (Choose the adventure ticket option)
• Day pass for Telluride Ski Resort & gear rental
• Guide-led ice climbing at the Ouray Ice Park!
** Please note that this program is 21+
DAY 1: New Beginnings & Accomplishments
We'll pick everyone up in Ridgway, Colorado* and head straight to Ouray, where we'll take a stroll down Perimeter Trail and spend a moment exploring the town and taking in the scenery in Ouray before heading back home for a family-style dinner! At night we'll bust out the games and count down to the New Year!
(*Recommendations for flight itineraries and information for how to get to Ridgway from the airport will be provided to everyone involved upon booking!)
DAY 2: Exploration!
Our second day is all about exploration! We'll have plenty of time for creative conversation over a breakfast and coffee and a few fun, creative challenges around the theme of exploratory practices. We'll share some of our favorite exploratory exercises and encourage participants to show us some of theirs! After lunch, we'll head out to visit the Ouray Ice Park, where participants can opt-in to learn from a pro how to scale the icy walls, or decide to explore the unique formations with their sketchbooks. In the evening, we'll treat ourselves with a well-deserved dip in the nearby Hot Springs. At night, there will be plenty of free-time to chat, draw, and play games together.
Day 3: The Adventure!
We'll head through the foothills to a little mountain town called Telluride, where participants can explore the city streets, shops, and culture, or have the option to continue to Telluride Ski Resort for a day on the slopes! We'll meet back up in Telluride city center and head back to home for a hot dinner and time to relax.
Day 4: The History!
We'll start the day trekking through the woods to Ironton Ghost Town, where buildings from the 1800s stand amongst the silent forest. We'll learn about the mining town's past residents and the unique history of this 1880's village and share folkloric stories about the area and it's past. Then, We'll head to the Ouray Alchemy Museum and hear about the mythology and folklore of bloodletting, snake-oil salesmen, quack pharmaceuticals, and more! After dinner, we'll share stories of our own mythologies over drinks, drawing, and dessert.
Day 5: Onward!
We'll say farewell over breakfast and coffee, then head back to Ridgway to drop everyone off in time to catch the bus back to Montrose, where they can explore the city at their leisure until it's time to catch their plane home.
ABOUT LIGHT GREY ART CAMPS:
The Light Grey Art Camps are designed to be fun, full of inspiring adventures & creative challenges including fun creative discussions and activities, and a chance for us to see incredible spaces together and learn from each other!
This adventure is perfect for people looking to connect with other creatives over a unique and intimate experience where we'll step out of our comfort zones and have a great time getting to know one another! For more information about Light Grey's other programs, send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRICING: (PRICES WILL BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY BEFORE APPLICATIONS GO LIVE.)
The base price for this 5 day / 4 night trip includes transportation to-and-from Ridgway, Colorado and all transportation during the program. Meals, lodging, and some supplies for our creative sessions, as well as admission to the Hot Springs, Ouray Alchemy Museum, Ironton Ghost Town, and Ouray Ice Park.
The "Adventurer's" ticket price covers all of the above, PLUS : A full-day pass for Telluride Ski Resort & Gear Rental (Skis, boots and helmet), and a 4.5 hour Ice Climbing session while we visit the Ice Park! (Instruction and guiding with an AMGA certified guide; ice climbing equipment including boots, crampons, ice tools, harness, and helmet; and group gear including hardware and ropes.)
**It is not essential to know how to ice climb or ski if you'd like to try either while you are here! Light Grey Art Lab will provide a quick lesson at Telluride Ski Resort to anyone interested in skiing, and our Ice Climbing guide will walk everyone through all the steps for being safe and having fun while on the Ice!
**We will be sending additional information to each participant for how to catch the $5 bus from †Montrose Airport to Ridgway (where we'll pick you up!) in case this is helpful! Schedules will be provided in advance to assist participants with timing their flights / meeting up with the rest of the team! All packing information will also be sent to each participant upon sign-up!
LODGING & OUR HOME:
Our Art Camps are for individuals looking for an intimate, camp-like atmosphere!
We share a home together during our stay where we enjoy family-style meals, round-table discussions and lots of time bonding over activities in a shared space! We offer dormitory-style sleeping accommodations with 1 - 4 roommates. We have an assortment of sleeping options, and couples are encouraged to apply together in order for us to assign the most comfortable sleeping arrangements for all. Our trips are planned with budget in mind and we do our best to keep the cost down by choosing spaces & places that allow us to share resources on our journey!
The LGAL team prepares family-style meals each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and snacks will be available at the cabin as well! Accommodations for specific needs can be arranged. Those wishing to pick up a couple special things will have access to both a liquor store and a grocery store during their stay!
•• Please note that this program is 21+
This is a moderate-to-high level trip that includes wintertime outdoor hiking, with the option to ski and ice climb. Participants should be ready to explore on foot and a spend a reasonable amount of time outdoors. The average Colorado temperature in December is 35 degrees fahrenheit, so please pack accordingly. Skiing and Climbing are optional for those that wish to participate in a more athletic version of our daily excursions, but it is not required that someone participate in either activity to have a good time. If you are interested in participating in either the day pass for skiing or the half-day climbing pass, please choose the Adventure ticket option in your request.
If you would like to do one of the adventure options, but not both, please contact email@example.com and we can send a custom Paypal request to you for one rental fee or the other!
There will be some optional activities when we reach Ouray, which may include renting snow-shoes, ice-skating, or cross-country skis for anyone interested. Information on rentals will be available on the first day, and do not require booking in advance.
Flights are not included in the price of this program as people may be joining us from all over the country or beyond!
We encourage people to look into flights to Montrose, Colorado. If you would like to join us and need additional help with itinerary times, please feel free to reach out! We will provide instructions for all participants on how to catch the Roadrunner Stage Lines bus (a $5 ticket each way) from Montrose to Ridgway, to help make it easy for you to meet up with us! Anyone wishing to spend more time in the area may also request information on other fun things to see while your'e in town, or recommendations on how to extend your trip!
** Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE, so please feel free to ask any questions you may have and we will gladly help!
If you have any questions about the experience, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org