If you live anywhere near the southwest portion of Colorado, you should take a weekend to ride Purgatory aka Purg aka Durango Mountain Resort. If you don’t live near this part of the country, come anyway! Don’t bother if you’re from Texas though. Purgatory, as the locals call it, is the most laid back mountain that I’ve snowboarded at and the snow has been dank so far this winter season. With tasty trees, gracious groomers, climactic cliffs, and all types of riding in between, Purg offers a great small mountain resort with après skiing guaranteed to satisfy. With a current base of 48″, this is the best snowfall for opening month in fifteen years! More powder than you can shake a ski pole at. Only half an hour from the town of Durango, you can get in a badass day of shredding without the crowd you’d encounter on the front range. Whether you’re taking a quick break or ending your day, grab a tallboy of PBR and enjoy “the beach” at the base of the mountain. It’s a close commute and worth a try.
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We took this trip to Breckenridge
It smelled like kush in the sedan, oh yeah
This ain’t no twangy bluegrass party, $5 at the door
It gets so real sometimes, do you know this rhyme?
I got the brown lighter, got the PBR
I got the snowboards in the trunk of my car, oh yeah
If you only knew all the pow that I found
It’s hard to keep my soul on the ground
You’re a fuck, don’t fool around with my dog
All that I can see I eat, an extra fridge in my garage
Cause in my mind
Brisk mountain mornings, all the love that I found
Pull over there’s a reason why my soul’s unsound
It’s that shit stuck under my shoe
It’s the gas mileage in the van
It’s Euphoria only in cans
Sitting through a shitty band
Getting frost bite on my hands
Getting hassled by the man
Waking up to an alarm
Marker tattoo on arm?
Picking up trash on my driveway
Feeling lethargic on weekdays
Leaving while making loud sounds
Late nights walking across town
Constant anticipation of the snow
Getting woken up by my bros
Saying I’m sober when I’m not
Finding roaches in the pot
All these things I do
They’re waiting for you.
Tis the season when nights get as cold and long as the ice cave of a desolated wampa. When you finally arrive home from a long day at work or on the mountain, you’re going to want something to help you unwind. I’m talking about beer! There’s something about a crisp refreshing brew that will allow you to melt into the couch by the fire. But why would you drink another generic beer you’ve been drinking all year when you can indulge in a seasonal craft beer? You wouldn’t (although as college student I understand having a budget). Colorado is known for its winter seasonal brews and there are some damn good ones out there. Here’s a list of a few local favorites to try this season:
-Ska Brewing Co (Durango): Euphoria
-Left Hand Brewery (Longmont): Good Juju
-New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins): Accumulation
-Boulder Beer Company (Boulder): Never Summer
-Breckenridge Brewery (Breckenridge): Christmas Ale
-Estes Park Brewery (Estes Park): High Altitude
More to come.
With winter in our midst, we all dig up our warm layering in preparation for the low temperatures. The cold weather is fun and all, but I know what most of you are waiting for, the snow! October is the month when the few ski resorts that have snow start running their lifts, and that’s enough to get you that nice tingly feeling right where it counts. Of course snow conditions aren’t the greatest at this time of year, but who really cares? The point is you get to enjoy linking turns down the mountain after a summer full of anticipation. That summer long wait can cause anxiety in many of us, and hitting a few runs is exactly what the doctor ordered.
This past week marked the beginning of the season for two popular mountains in Colorado, the first to be opened in the country. Arapahoe Basin, known for its extended seasons, and its close neighbor, Loveland Ski Area, welcomed mountain crusaders once again this year in October. These two resorts divided by Loveland pass are roughly an hour’s drive from Denver. If you cannot wait to experience the snow for yourself then go now! A-basin’s current lift tickets cost $67 per adult. If you are looking for something a little cheaper, Loveland’s day tickets are $50 until mid-December.
Living in the southwestern Colorado town of Durango, I’m not very close to A-basin or Loveland. It’s a solid six-hour drive from here to there, which is not very reasonable as a college student. Fortunately for us in this neck of the woods, we got our own early season possibilities. Silverton Mountain is an hour away from Durango and is known for its heavy snowfall. True diehards have been riding as early as September this year, as soon a snow started accumulating. Definitely worth it if you’re willing to hike. Silverton is an advanced/expert level mountain and the majority of the terrain is only hiking or helicopter accessible. There is one lift, which is not yet open.
What I’m excited for is Wolf Creek Ski Area, which opened today! A mere hour and a half drive from Durango, near the town of Pagosa Springs, Wolf Creek boasts getting the most snow in Colorado. With a mid-way snow depth of 19”, skiers and snowboarders from around the area rushed up today to get turns for only $38. No complaints about that. I envy my roommates who made it to opening day because I unfortunately had to work all day. The good news is I will be there enjoying the snow tomorrow! As for the “early-season conditions,” I like a few obstacles on my way down the mountain.
So if you can’t wait another month or two to hit your local mountain, Colorado has a few options for you to explore with awe. As for me, I can’t wait. I need to snowboard; it is essential to my being. Let it snow!
Winter is arriving. Whether you like it or not, snow, freezing temperatures, and frosted windshields will be surrounding us soon. Throughout the Rocky Mountains, winter influences daily life and is embraced like a religion. Living in Durango, Colorado, I for one become a fiend whenever the first snow of the season hits. Quickly I assemble a team of fellow enthusiasts to celebrate. It is not abnormal to try on ones snowboarding apparel long before the slopes are rideable. Getting up for an 8am class isn’t always viable, but if there’s fresh snow on the mountain I’ll be there before lifts are open. This page is dedicated to those who live for the winter and the lifestyle that comes along with it. Let it snow!