By Caitlin Switzer

MONTROSE (December 5)—Weather or not? Chances for an excellent snowpack this winter remain uncertain, according to officials from the National Weather Service Office in Grand Junction.

Cold weather won’t keep climbers off the wall at Montrose High School, and it shouldn’t keep you from staying fit either. The Montrose Recreation District offers a host of indoor activities throughout the winter season. Mirror file photo by Dave Bernier

“The outlook is still to be determined,” said Forecaster Dennis Phillips. “Earlier, we thought we might see an El Nino phenomenon, but now the outlook shows equal chances for things to be wet or dry. Chances for above-normal temperatures are good, and chances for precipitation are about about equal—unfortunately, we are in a ‘wait and see’ mode through December.

“Hopefully, that pattern will shift, and eventually it will snow,” Phillips said. “After all, winter doesn’t even start until Dec. 21.”

Fortunately, recreation enthusiasts will still have their choice of winter recreation options, no matter what the weather.

Along with plentiful outdoor options, local recreation enthusiasts can take advantage of programs offered through the Montrose Recreation District.

“We struggle with limited indoor recreation space in Montrose, and with lacking a centralized center for recreation, especially when it is cold and dark outside,” Montrose Recreation District Executive Director Ken Sherbenou said. “Nonetheless, we do our best to provide a diversity of opportunities for every age and interest—and this includes all types of indoor recreation fun all over the City.”

Team sport offerings include everything from adult indoor soccer at Columbine Middle School, youth basketball or volleyball at Columbine and Centennial Middle Schools, Cottonwood, Johnson and Pomona Elementary Schools, Montrose High School or Friendship Hall, to adult basketball or volleyball at Centennial Middle School. Also available are aqua aerobics, swim lessons or dance classes at the Aquatic Center, as well as a myriad of 50+ activities available at the Senior Center.

In short, opportunities abound for getting and remaining active this winter, Sherbenou said.

“The winter guide will be in your mailbox by Dec. 3with all program offerings listed on the MRD website at and in the MRD monthly newsletter,” he said. “We’re here all winter long (and the rest of the year) to better the Montrose Quality of Life and build community!”

To learn more, call the Montrose Recreation District at 970-249-7705, or  visit them online at