As we continue to march towards spring and the mountain bike season, mother nature continues to bless us with the white stuff making the snowboarding oh so good!
Seems like only yesterday I was teaching these boys to ski and snowboard when they were three. Now I’m trying to keep up with them and watching them do a lot more crazy tricks then I want to try. Riding with these two are some of the best times of my life. These pictures were taken 2 days ago after we received 2 inches over night and 8 in the last 24 hours. Since then we been hit with over a foot and it is still dumping now!
The end of November and beginning of December, as well as the end of March and beginning of April is the time of year in Durango when many of us pull the “Durango Double.” This is phrase coined when someone gets in some sliding on the snow in the morning, and riding on single track in the afternoon. That was the case for me last Friday when I took several runs snowboarding at Purgatory in the morning then rode the Alien Run in Aztec, NM. Gotta love this town!
The family and I took a recent trip to Wolf Creek to do some snowboarding. The ski area sits at the top of Wolf Creek Pass along highway 160. it is a high alpine resort with 10,300 feet at the base and 11,900 feet at the summit. It is a no frills resort famous for its abundant powder and tree runs. It consistently gets the most snowfall in Colorado, giving it the tag line, “the most snow in Colorado.” There are many areas that you can hike out to, making it feel like you are in the back country and not at a lift aided ski area. The boys and I hiked up to the top of Alberta Peak, 11,900 feet, dropping in to some awesome powder. I’m ready to get back again soon!
Kyle and Cullen have gotten pretty good at riding on rails, boxes and doing jumps. They have come a long way in their riding skills from when I first taught them. It has been fun to watch and to ride with them. Here are some pictures of the boys riding at Purg and Chapman Hill, Durango’s in town ski hill.
Well, I have been slacking lately. I’ve taken plenty of great snowboarding pics, but have not posted any here since Purgatory’s opening day. I have posted a lot of pictures to my Instagram account under my name Durangomtbiketours. Be sure to follow me there and check them out. I’ll be posting a bunch of pics here over the next week. We’ve had quite a few powder days, the Opening of Chapman Hill, and a sweet trip to Wolf Creek. If we can’t mountain bike, at least we are snowboarding. I’ve already been getting phone calls and booking tours for 2015. I can’t wait.