New Winter Adventures in Durango, Colorado

Enjoy a winter ski vacation...on and off the slopes!

DURANGO, COLO - Fresh powder blankets our Colorado mountains, crisp air invigorates your senses; you are surrounded by bright blue skies. Welcome to Durango’s magical winter season filled with adventures and beauty in Southwestern Colorado.  From skiing to snow angels, take your family outside and enjoy a snow vacation filled with everything winter. Plan your visit and gather more information at www.durango.org.

San Juan Ski Company (SJSC) for backcountry snowcat adventures - www.SanJuanSki.com

Renowned for its challenging terrain and endless powder lines, Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing/snowboarding operator has created specialty trips in addition to traditional snowcat skiing/riding tours. Family PowderCats gets the entire family on intermediate backcountry terrain. Learn-to-Ski Powder Snowcats provides a full-day lesson complete with instructor and powder skis, in the backcountry. Experience the extreme ski trip of your dreams with deep powder and steep thrills with the Steep Skiing Clinics. In addition to specialty trips, San Juan Ski Company’s snowcat operation has added guided backcountry skiing with snowmobile and skinning access to its trip lineup. With more than 36,000 acres of terrain, SJSC promises epic skiing and snowboarding.

Durango Mountain Resort - www.durangomountainresort.com

The Purgatory Plunge Zipline offers an entirely new experience this winter as “Plungers” zip over skiers hanging out on Purgatory Beach and Purgy’s patio. Thrill seekers soar for more than a football field at 35 mph, and will enjoy an après ski experience that is unique to most US ski resorts. The Purgatory Plunge is one of only a handful of ziplines open in the winter at a ski resort.  Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort (DMR) offers incredible skiing and riding on 1,360 acres of terrain, 10 lifts, 88 trails and 5 terrain parks. With sunny, bluebird days that follow intense storms dropping incredible dry powder, DMR provides skiers and riders with pure alpine nirvana! Major resort improvements over the past few years including terrain enhancements, expansions and a complete renovation of the base area create the ultimate winter destination.

Dog Sledding at Durango Dog Ranch - www.DurangoDogRanch.com                         

Durango Dog Ranch (DDR) offers high-end dog sled adventures for all ages. A powerful dog team of Siberian and Alaskan Huskies guides your sled through picturesque Colorado mountain trails. Full day “Mushing Madness” and half-day “Mush on the Brain” whisk you through the forest for exhilarating adventure and beauty.  The season begins mid-November and runs through mid-April. With a guide on every sled, all participants have the opportunity to drive.

Snowdown Winter Festival - www.snowdown.org (February 1-5, 2012)

Our premier winter festival dating back to 1979 is a non-traditional and bit zany celebration of winter. For 2012, think fairy tales from Mother Goose to the Grimm Brothers, as you get ready to celebrate "Once Upon a Snowdown.” Enjoy more than 60 unique events, the original cabin fever reliever, includes an evening torchlight parade, ski softball tournament, Snowdown Balloon Rally, wine tasting, beard growing contest, Snowdown Follies, Bed Race, a magnificent fireworks show and more.

Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride on Main Avenue

Enjoy an enchanting horse drawn sleigh ride down Main Avenue with San Juan Sky Outfitters. The open sleigh departs from in front of the Historic Strater Hotel on Friday and Saturday evenings or by appointment. Make reservations at www.strater.com or 970-247-4431.

And more Winter…

When it’s time to come in from the snow, Durango offers options that keep you warm and cozy. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad reveals a snow-filled wonderland on the trip to Cascade Canyon or “believe” as you ride The Polar Express. Soak and relax in the natural mineral waters at Trimble Hot Springs. The Durango Discovery Museum and Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum will inspire and inform; our galleries and art museums will submerge you in the beauty of western and contemporary art. Experience our quintessential Colorado mountain town as you stroll, shop and dine along our Historic Main Avenue.

About the Durango Area Tourism Office

The Durango Area Tourism Office is a not-for-profit organization operating with the mission to promote Durango and La Plata County's multitude of tourism attractions, events and services. For more information, visit www.durango.org or call (970) 247-3500. Download a free iPhone app at itunes.apple.com/us/app/visit-durango/id435713617?mt=8 and visit our mobile site at www.durango.org.