Ready to get away for some snowy, mountain fun without having to downhill ski?
The Nordic Center at Purgatory, around 27 miles outside of Durango, Colorado offers up 20 kilometers of groomed trails for skate or classic skiing as well as separate snowshoe trails. The facilities aren’t fancy, but it’s all about being outside here. Picnic tables are scattered about for breaks or afternoon picnics and there are mountain views everywhere you look.
Ski and snowshoe rentals are available on site for a reasonable fee (snowshoe rentals are only $10) and trail fees run $6 for snowshoeing and $14 for ski trails.
If you’re not sure how to handle the equipment or even what to do once you’re geared up, then opt for lessons. Group lessons run $35 per person, every day at 10:30 and 1:30 and private lessons run $60 per hour, per person or $80 for two, daily at noon.
Keep an eye one the Nordic Center’s calendar for special events, including skate ski clinics with lessons for all levels. Both Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are great for all ages and stages, athletes and new comers.
Once you’ve swished and hiked till your heart’s content then drive the few minutes over to Durango Mountain Resort for some refreshment at Purgy’s. Sit outside by the fire and hang with the ski crowd or stay inside for some R and R and refreshment. Of course there are plenty of choices for dining and imbibing back in Durango (The Office has half price appetizers during happy hour, starting at 4PM).
Durango, Colorado sits in southwestern Colorado and is easily accessible by air.
The Nordic Center is open from 9AM to 4PM every day, 970-385-2114.