SOURCE: Durango Area Tourism Office

Durango Area Tourism Office

November 03, 2011 17:09 ET

New Winter Adventures in Durango, Colorado

Enjoy a Winter Ski Vacation -- On and Off the Slopes

DURANGO, CO--(Marketwire - Nov 3, 2011) - Fresh powder blankets the Colorado mountains and crisp air invigorates one's senses while 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, step outside and enjoy a snow vacation. Plan your visit at www.durango.org.

San Juan Ski Company (SJSC)
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 in the backcountry. Deep powder and steep thrills abound at the Steep Skiing Clinics. SJSC has added guided backcountry skiing with snowmobile and skinning access. With more than 36,000 acres of terrain, SJSC promises epic skiing and snowboarding. www.SanJuanSki.com

Durango Mountain Resort (DMR)
The Purgatory Plunge Zipline offers an entirely new experience this winter as "Plungers" zip for more than a football field length at 35 mph over Purgatory Beach and Purgy's patio. The Purgatory Plunge is one of only a handful of ziplines open in the winter at a ski resort. Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort 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! www.durangomountainresort.com

Dog Sledding at Durango Dog Ranch
Durango Dog Ranch (DDR) offers high-end dog sled adventures for all ages. Siberian and Alaskan Huskies guide your sled through picturesque Colorado mountain trails. Full day "Mushing Madness" and half-day "Mush on the Brain" guarantee exhilarating adventure and breathtaking beauty. With a guide on every sled, all participants have the opportunity to drive. www.DurangoDogRanch.com

Snowdown Winter Festival
February 1-5, 2012
Our premier winter festival is a non-traditional and bit zany celebration of winter. Think fairy tales as you celebrate "Once Upon a Snowdown." Enjoy more than 60 unique events: evening torchlight parade, ski softball tournament, Snowdown Balloon Rally, wine tasting, beard growing contest, Snowdown Follies, Bed Race, a magnificent fireworks show and more at www.snowdown.org

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 the Historic Strater Hotel on Friday and Saturday evenings or by appointment. www.strater.com or (970) 247-4431.

And more Winter...
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad reveals a snow-filled wonderland on the trip to Cascade Canyon and onboard The Polar Express. 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 unveil the beauty of western and contemporary art. Experience our quintessential Colorado mountain town as you stroll, shop and dine along our Historic Main Avenue.