The Annual Polar Bear Plunge in Lyons, which takes place on New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2023, was back to its big crowds again. Between 40 and 50 individuals took the plunge, mostly feet first. Crowds gathered to cheer them on at the Black Bear Hole of the St. Vrain River. They wisely wore little clothing, as having wet clothes clinging to you makes the goose bumps worse. More pre-teens/and teens jumped than usual.
There were no official activities afterwards, but some friends headed to the local bars for a “warmer nip.” The day’s temperature high was 22 degrees, with sun and blue sky. Thanks to Jason Stillman, head of the Lyons Polar Bear group, for keeping this tradition going.
Photos courtesy of Brett Riley (copyright 2023)