Winter blues got you down? No need to fret. There's much to be done before April showers bring May flowers and glorious summer is upon us. Don't get antsy: Get smart! Get up! Get out!
Ladies Night at the Rock Lounge: 1111 Camino del Rio #105, 970.259.7625. Every Wednesday, ladies are welcome to climb for half-off (that’s $7!). Deal starts after dark and lasts till closing at 9pm.
Best reliever for: Chicks looking to get ripped or do something for happy hour besides meet for cocktails.
Durango Arts Center classes: Tap into your inner artist with your choice of creative expression! Upcoming classes include: Open Studio Live Figure Drawing (every first Wednesday of the month, 6:30pm till 8:30); $10/DAC members;$15/non-members; drop-in welcome/no registration necessary (bring your own supplies and share the cost of a model in the arts education studio). Drawing for Everyone with Kristen Doty; this weekend event kicks off with a free lecture on Friday, March 3, 7 pm till 8pm, and is followed by workshops on Saturday & Sunday, March 4th &5th, 9am till 4pm ($175/DAC members; $190/non-members + $15 materials fee - scholarship is available). Beginning Ceramics with Rosanna Weiss, March 2nd, 9th, and 16th 5:30pm till 7pm ($75/DAC members; $95 non-members + $15 materials fee). Contact Sandra Butler at 970.259.2606 to register for classes.
Best reliever for: Those with the New Year’s resolution to take an art class this year.
Prime Time, Swim Time: Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. Whether you’re looking to swim like a mermaid or practice your kayak rolls while the river is too frigid, the Rec Center pool is the place to be till the sun heats up outside options. Check the calendar for water aerobics classes and open swim times for the 11-lane lap pool. Unwind in the hot tub or lazy river. Tap into your inner child by jumping off the high dive or slipping down the waterslide. Every Tuesday from 6:45pm till 8:15pm, kayakers are welcome to practice and paddle in the lap pool ($3 per boat/$5.75 entry fee, if you don’t have a rec center pass). SCUBA diving lessons and open-water certification also available. Call Kim Ebner at 970.375.7310 for aquatic questions.
Best reliever for: Folks looking for a low-impact sport and Spring Breakers planning that epic diving trip who still need a cert.
Happy Hour Yoga at Ska: 225 Girard Street, Monday’s at 5:30. Bring a yoga mat, $10 and your positive energy to Ska Brewing World Headquarters for a one-hour yoga class open to all levels. Reward yourself with a pint (included in class cost) after you’ve found your center. Drop-in’s always welcome. Call 970.247.5792 with questions.
Best reliever for: Anyone who’s never done yoga and wants the most light-hearted intro to downward dog - followed by a frosty craft beer. Namaste.
Wild West Squares: Lessons at St. Columba Gymnasium, 1801 East 3rd Ave. Swing your partner round and round and get fit while learning the ever-classic dance style of square dancing. Find “pure exhilaration through movement” as Caller Carla Roberts guides you through this amazing workout with wonderful people. No experience necessary. Dance three to four miles per evening, burn up to 800 calories and do your body good in this bone-strengthening, balance-improving and blood pressure-reducing activity. Watch the stress of winter melt away as you get swept into the world of square dancing! Call Carla for class dates and times at 970.903.6478.
Best reliever for: Fun-loving, dosey-do-ing types looking for a cardio rush and lively evening activity.
Nordic Skiing: If you’re looking to up your fitness over the next couple of months, nordic skiing is your thing. Burn up to a Zia burrito in calories per hour sweating at the trails of the Purgatory Nordic Center (north of Purgatory Resort on HWY 550) or shooshing around Vallecito Lake. Gear rentals available at the Nordic Center, where there are over 20-kilometers of groomed trails for both classic cross-country and skate skiing, plus six miles of snowshoe trails. Day passes available for $15 (adults) and $8 (seniors/kids). Open 9am till 4pm. For lessons in skate or classic cross-country, call 970.385.2114. For information on trails and conditions at Vallecito, checkout the Vallecito Nordic Club or call 970.382.2675. Gear rental/purchase available at Backcountry Experience, Pine Needle Mountaineering, and 2nd Ave Sports.
Best reliever for: Outdoor recreationists seeking to round-out their winter gear collection.
Pizza & Pint Night at Carver's: 1022 Main Avenue, 970.259.2545. After a day of skiing, snowshoeing or staring at the computer, nothing says bye-bye blues like beer and pizza with a friend. Every Monday, raise a glass of FREE beer at Carver Brewing Company when you order any pizza on the menu.
Best reliever for: Anyone who had a long day at work or fast-paced day on the slopes. Cheers!
Hesperus Night Ski: 11 miles west of Durango on Highway 160. 970.259.3711. Shake up your ski routine with an evening on the slopes. Meet friends, bring your tailgating game and an extra layer and get ready to schralp like you’ve never schralped before. Monday through Saturday nights, 4pm till 9pm. Ski & snowboard lessons offered 5pm & 7:30pm. Night-skiing rates: Adults/$29; Teens/Seniors/$25; Children/$21. Have a Purgatory pass? Works at Hesperus, too!
Best reliever for: Nine-to-fivers who still want to get their 100-days of skiing in this season.
DurangoLearns!: At various locations around Durango. From French cooking to Facebook for Business, spend the rest of these shorter days broadening your horizons. Whether you’re looking to improve your craft or simply learn a new skill, DurangoLearns offers something for everyone. Classes, dates, times and prices vary, so contact Dr. Barb via the DurangoLearns website for more information.
Best reliever for: The insatiably curious.
Durango Nature Studies: Don’t wish winter away; embrace it in all of its glory! Perhaps no one helps us do that more than those who know the flora, fauna and folklore of the natural world. The Nature Center’s workshops aren’t about fitness but rather aim to inspire us to slow down, take a deep breath and tap into our other senses. Upcoming events at the Nature Center include the Backcountry Film Festival (Feb. 22, 7pm); Abert's Squirrel Workshop (March 4, 10am till noon); and crowd-pleaser Full Moon Hike Under the Worm Moon (March 12, 6:30pm till 8:30pm). Full Moon Hikes are FREE for DNS members & kids 12 and under or are $10 for non-members. Call 970.382.9244 for reservations and more information.
Best reliever for: Locals who are interested in learning about the stars, snow, wildlife and mountains of our blessed region.