Old Man Winter has certainly made his mark on Durango: As of early this morning, more than 30 inches of snow has accumulated at the base of Purgatory Mountain, with more powder in the forecast coming today.
We all know that heading to the hills and enjoy hours of Alpine skiing can be fun on Durango’s snow days, but there’s much more to winter fun in Southwest Colorado. Here are four ways you can take advantage of the white stuff and enjoy an arctic-style experience in Durango.
1. Experience the best in area culture at a local festival.
Winter in Durango just might be best defined by our annual Snowdown celebration. This year’s party kicks off on January 28 and lasts through February 1, giving you five whole days to get in on the fun. 2015 promises to bring an element of apocalyptic oddity to the annual shindig, with a theme centered on the wacky world of Victorian and Old West inspired Steampunk. Click back to Durango.com for more information about this year’s Durango Snowdown and other area events you can enjoy this season.
2. Enjoy a day of city skiing, snowboarding and skating!
Of course you could head into the San Juan Mountains for a skiing adventure at Durango Mountain Resort or even Hesperus, but folks who would rather stay in-town can have some winter fun, too. Chapman Hill Recreation Center, located at 500 Florida Road, boasts a small ski and snowboard course and ice rink to let you enjoy the best of Durango’s winter sports scene without straying too far from the comforts of historic Downtown Durango. This inner-city icy oasis offers lessons for beginners in a friendly setting that’s fun for the entire family. For additional information – including directions — about Chapman Hill, check out the City of Durango’s online resources at www.durangogov.org or by calling (970) 375-7395.
3. Take a stroll through Historic Downtown Durango.
There’s something almost magical about how a fresh coat of snow can make a stroll along Downtown Durango’s celebrated streets even more mesmerizing. Lace up your boots, button your coat and head out for a few hours of sightseeing on foot. Be sure to check out historic stops like the Henry Strater Theatre (699 Main Ave.), slow down for sips at the Rochester Hotel and Bar (726 E. Second Ave.), and bask in the region’s rich Old West history and train-centric legacy at the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Museum (479 Main Ave.) If you’re a member of the academic set or just a lifelong learner, other stops to consider include the Powerhouse Science Center at 1333 Camino del Rio and the Animas Museum at 3605 W. Second Ave.
4. Mush away the dog days of winter.
Durango Mountain Resort has gone to the dogs! For the 2014-15 season, our friends on Purgatory Mountain have added an all-new experience to their menu of winter activities: Dog sledding! You’ll have a chance to visit the kennels at Durango Dog Ranch, met and harness your team of huskies, and then head out along the Old Flume Trail for an afternoon of winter fun. Your team of friendly, four-legged guides will lead you through some of the region’s most scenic terrain, allowing you to bask in the alpine views and just enjoy the ride. Sip hot drinks and enjoy plenty of interaction with these amazing animals as you mush along! For additional information, click over to DurangoDogRanch.com or call (970) 259-0694.
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