Saturday, January 19 - 9am-7pm
To celebrate winter, Durango Mountain Resort is hosting the annual Winterfest celebration -- a festival full of winter fun! Winterfest is your chance to try out ice climbing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing and more on Sat., Jan. 19 at Durango Mountain Resort. Created by the winter-fun experts at Purgatory, Winterfest is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to participate in these and many other winter sports and activities at low or no cost.
9:30am - 3:30pm. Get whisked along a trail via sled dog and take a ride on a scenic loop with the Durango Dog Ranch. An adventure for all ages, you’ll love these guided sled rides as pups pull you along the winter wonderland. Special pricing on this day only. $25 Call 970-259-0694 for more information.
9am - 3:30pm. Strap on some ice climbing boots for a change of pace and do some climbing on the natural ice formation in Cascade Canyon with Kling Mountain Guides. Cascade Canyon is a 100 percent natural ice park due to the area’s warmer days and arctic nights. Trained and certified guides will provide you with an understanding of how to use the tools, positioning your body for balance and control and other ice climbing techniques. This all natural ice park is perfect for beginners to experts. Demos are Saturday, Jan. 19.
2pm - 7pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18-20, head over to the Snow Coaster Tubing Hill in the Columbine area at Durango Mountain Resort for three lanes of high-speed, on-the-snow, tubular fun for the whole family. Rent a tube from Purgatory’s fleet, which is only $10 per tube, per hour. Please note that personal tubes are not allowed. Tickets may be purchased at the Ticket Office in Purgatory Village Plaza or at the Columbine Ticket Office.
Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides
4pm - 7pm. View the beautiful San Juan National Forest and Needles Mountains Range via horse-drawn sleigh from Buck’s Livery! Bundle up in a blanket with your loved ones while horses take you on a picturesque tour amongst spruce and aspen trees. Sleighs depart the base area in the afternoons at 4pm, 5pm and 6pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and each sleigh can hold up to six people. For reservations and more information, call 970-385-2110, or stop by the Adventure Center in Purgatory Village Plaza.
Snowshoeing and Nordic Skiing
9:30am - 7:30pm. The Nordic Center at Durango Mountain Resort features 18 km of scenic forest trails, groomed for classic cross-country and skate skiing or snowshoeing. Enjoy the rustic atmosphere of the warming hut, complete with pot-bellied stove. Pack a picnic to enjoy on one of the tables along the trail with incredible scenic views. 9:30am - 12:30pm Demos available from Backcountry Experience at the Nordic Center. Located across Hwy. 550, just north of the resort entrance, 970-385-2114
Alpenglow Snowshoe Tours
3:30pm - 7:30pm. Take the last chairlift up the mountain and enjoy a guided snowshoe tour of the backcountry. Guides will point out wildlife and their tracks, geology, flora and fauna in the area. Then snowshoe down to the on-mountain facility, the Powderhouse restaurant, where you’ll enjoy hot chocolate for the kids and wine and beer for adults, complete with cheese, fruit, cookies, crackers and a deli tray. Guides take you snowshoeing down the slopes that are now closed to skiers and you’ll watch the beautiful sunset and the awe-inspiring Alpenglow on the Needles Mountain Range - a truly unique experience. Call 970-385-2147 for more information and to make reservations. $60 includes uplift, snowshoes, guide, beverages & appetizers.
6:15pm. Watch as wish lanterns are released and light up the night’s sky at 6:15pm, then celebrate the weekend with the Torchlight Parade as skiers wind down the slopes at 6:30pm on Sat., Jan. 19. The best location to see the action is from the Purgatory Ski Beach in the base area.