Adrenaline Junkie Winter Weekend Guide

Durango is considered a top destination for people who can be described with one specific trait: adrenaline junkie. These are folks who habitually induce a thrill in order to activate the body’s nerve tingling-response to a jolt of activity. In fact, Durango has become the main hub for people who share a love of high-end activities. They have expertise in everything from rock climbing to ice climbing.

Durango is filled with many choices that will engulf your senses and give you a good burn rate on athletic energy. Durango is a place to plug in and meet other adrenaline junkie bretheren while ziplining or biking or hiking. Snow skiing experts flock to Durango because they are looking for a dream town with the most awesome powder in the United States. This is a rugged area of the country with 14,000-foot peaks and snowcat, backcounty and heli-accessed skiing that is almost year-round. At certain times, there is even crosscountry skiing available in Mesa Verde National Park.


Friday

3:00 p.m. Upon arrival to Durango grab your warm outerwear and head on over to Outlaw Tours for a 2 hour snowmobile outing! The 2 hour tour begins on the historic Lime Creek Trail with a visit to Scout Lake, the famed China Wall, and twilight canyon. This is OT’s most requested trip because of the amazing views and breathtaking scenery. You’ll be given 20 minutes of free time on the trail and can choose a variety of tree trails on the return trip.

5:30 p.m. Head on over to Steamworks to partake of the highest quality brewery scene in the United States. Sample a new brew and eat a filling dinner. Get there before 6:00 p.m. to take advantage of their Friday night happy hour, and you’ll probably want to hang around for the great atmosphere and fun Durango locals. They’re open until 2:00 a.m. but we’re not suggesting you stay all night (unless you can handle it, of course).

Saturday

8:00 a.m. Whichever your taste, spend the entire day skiing or snowboarding Purgatory Mountain. There are plenty of food and beverage options on the mountain that will get you though your entire day at Purgatory. Are you the ultimate adrenaline junkie? Don’t miss out on Purgatory Resort’s four terrain parks. They’re built for the newbie and expert alike!

7:00 p.m. Grab a nice dinner at The Sow’s Ear just one mile south of Purgatory Resort. The Sow’s Ear has fantastic food and will be the perfect end to day on the Mountain. If you’re looking for a nice dinner setting or a more casual bar setting the Sow’s Ear has both and is happy to accommodate either.

9:00 p.m. Get ready for a Saturday night on the town! You must experience the night life that Durango has to offer, head on over to drinks at The Summit, you can have a cab pick you up from the Sows ear or from your hotel/condo. The Summit has a great selection of micro brews on tap, they also have pool tables, foosball tables a jukebox and more!

Sunday

8:00 a.m. Grab a big breakfast at Carver’s Brewing Company to get you ready for another day of skiing, this time in the backcountry of Durango, Colorado.

9:30 a.m. Now that you’ve had your thrill at Purgatory Resort, it’s time for some backcountry skiing. Check out Kling Mountain Guides, they can accommodate the first time backcountry skier as well as the experienced big mountain free skier.


Don’t know where to stay while visiting Durango? If you’re only here for a weekend and not planning on spending your entire stay at Purgatory Resort we suggest you stay at one of the great downtown Durango hotels. Try Purgatory Rentals or Silverpick Lodge and Condos. If you want to be close to Purgatory Resort but not stay on the property, Purgatory Rentals and Silverpick are both great options to try. There are are plenty of things to do in this outdoorsy town that seems custom designed for the “adrenaline junkie” that resides deep inside everyone. Check out the Winter Planning Guide, and pencil in your next jolt.