DURANGO, CO--(Marketwire - Nov 19, 2012) - Welcome to Durango's magical winter season filled with adventure, history and beauty in Southwestern Colorado. Fresh powder blankets our Colorado mountains for winter delights from skiing to sleigh rides, and our historic downtown is bursting with charm.

Noel Night, The Polar Express train ride, Nutcracker ballet, Winter Solstice Artisan's Market -- dozens of events are part of the five-week celebration that encourages locals and visitors alike to make merry and experience the holidays Durango-style.

Snowdown Winter Festival - iSnowdown 2.0.13 "Get Your Geek On"
January 30 - February 3, 2013
Our premier winter festival is a non-traditional and a bit zany celebration of winter. Think nerds and geeks as you celebrate "Get Your Geek On." Enjoy more than 60 unique events: evening torchlight parade, ski softball tournament, Snowdown Balloon Rally, Snowdown Follies, Bed Race, a magnificent fireworks show and more!

San Juan Ski Company
Renowned for its challenging terrain and endless powder lines, Colorado's largest snowcat skiing/snowboarding operator guarantees powder or your money back! With more than 36,000 acres of terrain, SJSC promises epic skiing and snowboarding. Rates start at $350 plus tax or rent the entire cat for $3,500. Call 800-208-1780.

Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort 
Averaging 260 inches of snow annually, Purgatory is known for consistent, dry powder from frequent storms, followed by sunny, bluebird days, creating perfect conditions for pure alpine nirvana. Skiing and riding on 1,360 acres of terrain, 10 lifts, 88 trails and 5 terrain parks and a vertical drop of 2,029 feet. Stay & Ski FREE -- Book 3 nights of lodging and 3 days of lift tickets, get a 4th day and night FREE! Call 800-525-0892.

Dog Sledding at Durango Dog Ranch 
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. 

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
The historic steam train reveals a snowy wonderland on the trip to Cascade Canyon. On board the Photographers' Train photograph the train against the winter snow! The Polar Express takes on you a magical trip to the North Pole!

Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride
Enjoy an enchanting horse drawn sleigh ride down Main Avenue. The open sleigh departs from the Historic Strater Hotel on Friday and Saturday evenings or by appointment. Call 970-247-4431. Or enjoy the Colorado winter on a sleigh ride through our winter wonderland.

More Reasons to Love Winter...
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 museums unveil the beauty of western and contemporary art. Enjoy a pint at one of our four craft breweries. Experience our quintessential Colorado mountain town as you stroll, shop and dine along our Historic Downtown.

Contact Information:

Anne Klein
News Room: http://bit.ly/QjdEgj
Durango Area Tourism Office
Phone: (970) 749-0991
E-Mail: Anne@durango.org